Accutane and Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Accutane has been linked to Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). If you or someone you know has taken Accutane and experienced any of the symptoms of IBD, contact a medical professional — and an attorney — right away.

What is IBD?

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is a group of inflammatory conditions of the bowel, colon and small intestine. The two main forms of inflammatory bowel disease are:

There are several other forms of inflammatory bowel disease. They include:

  • Behcet’s syndrome
  • Lymphocytic colitis
  • Collagenous colitis
  • Diversion colitis
  • Ischaemic colitis
  • Indeterminate coliits

IBD is sometimes referred to as colitis, enteritis, ileitis or proctitis.

Symptoms of IBD

IBD symptoms include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation (can alternate with diarrhea)
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Abdominal pain
  • Vomiting
  • Bloody stools
  • Weight loss
  • Feeling of mass or fullness in the abdomen
  • Ulcers on the body (Pyderma gangrenosum)
  • Liver disease (including Primary schlerosing cholangitis or PSC)

IBD Complications

Inflammatory Bowel Disease can result in other serious problems and complications, some of which can be life threatening. IBD complications include:

  • Intestinal blockage
  • Intestinal scarring
  • Infections
  • Toxic megacolon
  • Malnutrition
  • Low bone density
  • Bone loss
  • Anemia
  • Gallbladder disorders
  • Skin disorders
  • Urinary tract disorders
  • Kidney disorders
  • Colorectal cancer

Loss of fluid and nutrients from diarrhea can cause dehydration, rapid drop in blood pressure, fever, fatigue, weight loss, malnutrition and anemia.

IBD Treatment

Inflammatory bowel disease is a chronic condition with no cure. Medical treatment focus on inducing and maintaining remission of the disease and improving the patients’ quality of life.

Treatment for IBD often involves powerful drugs, such as steroids or immunosuppressives. Unfortunately, a large number of IBD patients require hospitalization and some form of surgery. The type of surgery depends on the nature and severity of the IBD. It could involve removing a diseased section of bowel (resection) or a complete removal of the colon and rectum (proctocolectomy).

IBS compared to IBD

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) are often confused. IBS and IBD are two different disorders that often have similar symptoms.

If you’ve been diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome and also took Accutane, call a medical professional. You may have Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

Irritable bowel syndrome — also called spastic colon — is a functional bowel disorder. Unlike IBD, IBS is not an inflammatory condition.

IBS is typically less serious than IBD. But because the symptoms can be identical, IBD may be misdiagnosed as IBS. Patients with IBD often complain about IBS symptoms before being diagnosed with IBD. In addition, many doctors believe that IBS symptoms can occur in patients with IBD.

If you or someone you know has taken Accutane and been diagnosed with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), call our office right away for a free consultation — 1-800-650-9040. You may be entitled to a cash settlement.