Accutane, also known as Isotretinoin is a medication used for the treatment of severe acne. It was first developed to be used as a chemotherapy medication for the treatment of brain cancer, pancreatic cancer and serious conditions. It is still used in the treatment of these cancers to this day because of its ability to kill rapidly dividing cells. The effects of the medication are systemic and non-selective. In some cases, it is used to treat Harlequin-type ichthyosis, usually a lethal skin deformation in which sufferers develop armor plated-like skin and usually die soon after birth. It is a retinoid, meaning it is derived from vitamin A and is found in small quantities naturally in the body. Oral isotretinoin is marketed under various trade names, most common ones being Roaccutane (Hoffman-La Roche, known as Accutane before July 2009), Amnesteem (Mylan), Claravis (Barr), Clarus (PremPharm), Decutan (Actavis), Isotane (Pacific Pharmaceuticals), Izotek (BlauFarma), Oratane (Genepharm Australasia), ISOTRET (Liva Healthcare Ltd.) or Sotret (Ranbaxy), while topical isotretinoin is most commonly marketed under the trade names Isotrex or Isotrexin (Stiefel)
Recent studies have shown that Accutane is known to cause Crohn’s Disease, Ulcertive Colitis, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Symptoms for these illnesses may include:
- Severe abdominal pain
- Pain in the joints
- Sudden weight loss
- Loss of appetite
- Rectal bleeding
If you have any of these symptoms immediately go to your doctor so you can be properly diagnosed and treated.
IBD: Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is a group of inflammatory conditions of the colon and small intestine. The major types of IBD are Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Because of its name, IBD is often confused with irritable bowel syndrome (“IBS”), a troublesome, but much less serious, condition.
Crohn’s Disease: Also known as granulomatous enteritis and colitis, Crohn’s Disease is an inflammatory disease of the intestines that may affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract from mouth to anus, causing a wide variety of symptoms. It primarily causes abdominal pain, diarrhea (which may be bloody if inflammation is at its worst), vomiting, or weight loss, but may also cause complications outside of the gastrointestinal tract such as skin rashes, arthritis, inflammation of the eye, tiredness, and lack of concentration.
Ulcerative Colitis: Ulcerative colitis is a disease of the intestine, specifically the large intestine or colon, that includes ulcers, or open sores, in the colon. The main symptom of ulcerative colitis is usually constant diarrhea mixed with blood. Ulcerative colitis has similarities to Crohn’s disease, another form of IBD. A colectomy (a partial or total removal of the large bowel through surgery) is occasionally necessary, and is considered to be a cure for the ulcerative colitis.
IBS: Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS or spastic colon) is a diagnosis of exclusion. It is a functional bowel disorder characterized by chronic abdominal pain, discomfort, bloating, and alteration of bowel habits in the absence of any detectable organic cause. In some cases, the symptoms are relieved by bowel movements. Diarrhea or constipation may predominate, or they may alternate (classified as IBS-D, IBS-C or IBS-A, respectively).
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If you or someone you love has taken Accutane, you should contact Slater Slater Schulman LLP for a free consultation by filling out the form on this page or by calling us at (800) 251-6990.