Accutane Ulcerative Colitis Lawsuit

Accutane Ulcerative ColitisAccutane’s side effects can include ulcerative colitis

If you suffer from severe acne, you probably heard some facts concerning Accutane which decreases the production of oil by human skin glands, thus helping people get rid of their acne. As with many drugs, Accutane isn’t right for everybody and is recommended only for those people who tried other medications without results. This is due largely to Accutane side effects, which include:

  • Hair loss
  • Excess skin sensitiveness
  • Cracking Lips
  • Allergic reactions
  • Joint and back pain
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Fever
  • Abdominal pain
  • Mood swings
  • Depression
  • Suicidal thought
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Numbness in the body
  • Blurred vision
  • Severe migraines etc.

Though some of these Accutane side effects may not seem serious they can cause other more serious complications including ulcerative colitis.

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Accutane May Pose Risk of Crohn’s Disease

Chrons Disease AccutaneAccutane is one of the frequently prescribed acne remedies. Though it is said to be quite effective even in reducing serious acne symptoms, its safety has come into question, largely because of the diverse range of Accutane side effects, such as irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn’s Disease. The main Accutane Crohn’s disease symptoms include abdominal pain and cramps, fever, rectal bleeding, vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, sudden weight loss etc.

If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with Crohn’s disease and the connection between this disease and taking Accutane is obvious, you should consider filing an Accutane Crohn’s lawsuit.

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Symptoms of IBD Linked to Accutane Usage

Hundreds of people across the country have filed Accutane IBD and Accutane Crohn’s disease class action lawsuits. They claim taking Accutane caused IBD and IBD symptoms to develop, including ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.

According to WebMD, the symptoms of ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease are similar:

* Abdominal pain or cramping
* Diarrhea multiple times per day
* Bloody stools
* Weight loss

The symptoms of IBD range from mild to severe and may come and go over time. Most people have flare-ups followed by long periods without symptoms. This is called remission, and it can last for months or even years. In ulcerative colitis, about 5% to 10% of patients have symptoms all the time. Chronic belly pain and urgent trips to the bathroom can interfere with work, child care, and social life.

If you or someone close to you is experiencing these symptoms and has been a user of Accutane medication, our Accutane lawyers can help you.

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Accutane Bowel Lawsuits in New Jersey Mass Tort Top 2400

There are now 2,441 Accutane inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) lawsuits pending in a New Jersey mass tort litigation that began five years ago. Over the fall, more than 800 lawsuits were filed in the Accutane litigation, and it is expected that more cases will be filed in the future.

The spike in Accutane claims filed in New Jersey comes on the heels of a court ruling there that found the statute of limitation for such lawsuit should be based on when plaintiffs discovered there could be a connection between the Accutane and their bowel disorder.

Read the article in it’s entirety on NewsInferno.

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Accutane Usage Dates Back Decades

While widespread knowledge of the health effects of the drug Accutane that is used to treat severe cases of acne didn’t occur until the late 1990s, the use of the remedy actually goes back to the 1930s.

Accutane is actually a form of Vitamin A that is designed to cause oily skin to dry and help skin renew itself more quickly. Accutane built upon knowledge pioneered decades ago that high dosages of Vitamin A were effective for skin conditions, given the vitamin’s fat soluble qualities. Fat soluble vitamins are stored by the body for much longer periods than water soluble vitamins, and this quality made high doses of Vitamin A an especially effective treatment for skin conditions.

Accutane was developed in 1982 by Hoffman-La Roche and its discovery led to several awards for Dr. Gary Peck, who received a U.S. patent for the drug and its treatment of acne. Almost from the start, the dosages needed for effective treatment were disputed. Although doctors commonly prescribed high dosages of the drug, technically known as isotretinoin, lower dosages were found to be just as effective for treatment of skin conditions.

Another key side effect of the drug was its impact on pregnant women. Despite widespread knowledge of Accutane’s ability to cause birth defects in up to 30 percent of patients compared to 3 to 5 percent for the population as a whole, in most cases doctors weren’t administering pregnancy tests to women before prescribing the drug.

Upon suspicion that the number of pregnant women taking the drug was being underreported, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration instituted a number of restrictions for prescribing the drug.
In 2002, Roche’s patent for isotretinoin expired, which led a number of competitors to develop generic versions. Roche stopped distributing and manufacturing the drug on June 29, 2009, although a unit of the company still manufactures and distributes it under the name Roaccutane in other parts of the world.

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Accutane Risks and Your Rights

If you or someone you love has taken Accutane and been diagnosed with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Ulcerative Colitis or Crohn’s disease, this medication could be to blame. In 2005, the Accutane label was modified to warn that IBD had been associated with use of the drug. However, our Accutane IBD lawyers do not believe the warning accurately reflected this risk. Attorney Daniel Burke of Accutane IBD law firm Parker Waichman explains the situation in the video above.

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