Accutane Recall and Ulcerative Colitis

Accutane Recall

You might be familiar with the news of the Accutane recall.  This drug was designed to treat serious cancer patients as a chemotherapy medication.  As a cancer fighting drug, Accutane is very good at killing cells in people.  Later, the drug started to be used as an acne treatment.

As an acne drug, Accutane helped bring in many billions of dollars in revenue for Roche Holdings, its manufacturer. In addition to helping people with acne, however, the drug has resulted in some serious, lifelong side effects to many of its users.  In some cases, side effects appeared years after the drug was used.

One Accutane side effects is ulcerative colitis (UC).  Ulcerative colitis is a form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).  Inflammatory bowel disease is what happens when a person’s digestive tract is repeatedly infected and inflamed.  There are two forms of inflammatory bowel disease: ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.

Ulcerative colitis typically occurs in the rectum and/or colon (large intestine).  What happens is there are infections in the digestive tract and ulcers form.  An ulcer is basically a scar.

Crohn’s disease was first discovered by three doctors in 1932.  One of the doctors was Dr. Burill Crohn, and the disease has taken on his name.  The other two doctors were Dr. Leon Ginzburg and Dr. Gordon Oppenheimer.

Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease are very similar.  In some cases, it may be hard to tell them apart.  In Crohn’s disease, there is typically chronic inflammation in the lower part of the small intestine, which is also a portion of the digestive tract.  Crohn’s can affect any portion of the digestive tract, although more often than not it is centered in the lower portion of the intestines.  The inflammation caused by Crohn’s is typically deeper than with ulcerative colitis.

Inflammatory bowel disease is believed to be the result of an abnormal immune response.  This makes sense, as chemotherapy drugs can damage a person’s immune system.  What happens is that the intestinal lining is permeated by white blood cells.  As a result, there is inflammation.  Over time, the cells destroy the surrounding tissue because they release certain toxins.

Accutane ulcerative colitis and Accutane Crohn’s disease include many unpleasant side effects.  These can include diarrhea, constipation, joint pain, bloating, cramping pain and fatigue.

The treatment for ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s is often not pleasant.  Powerful drugs may be used to treat onsets.  In a relatively high percentage of cases, surgery is required to take out a portion of the intestine.  This may be necessary if there is significant bleeding or a rupture of the colon.  In some cases, the side effects could cause death if not treated.

If you took Accutane and suffer from bowel problems, you may be entitled to a large cash award.  Several Accutane lawsuits have gone to trial, and all juries have concluded that Accutane is defective and that Roche failed to warn about those defects.  Find out today if you qualify for an Accutane lawsuit by getting a free legal consultation from an Accutane lawyer or attorney on our staff.  There is no obligation for the initial consultation.  It is completely free. 

If you took Accutane and suffer from bowel problems, you may be entitled to a large cash award.  Several Accutane lawsuits have gone to trial, and all juries have concluded that Accutane is defective and that Roche failed to warn about those defects.  Find out today if you qualify for an Accutane lawsuit by getting a free legal consultation from an Accutane lawyer or attorney on our staff.  There is no obligation for the initial consultation.  It is completely free. 

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