Accutane has been linked to inflammatory bowel disease!
In September 2010, researchers at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill published a study in The American Journal of Gastroenterology. The researchers found that patients who took the acne drug Accutane were about twice as likely to suffer from IBD as patients who were not prescribed the drug. However, the risk increased with extended use. Patients who filled their prescriptions four or more times had three times the risk of developing inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and more than four times the risk of contracting ulcerative colitis.
Only five to 10 out of every 100,000 people suffer from IBD. So, a four-fold risk is still very low—still less than .0004 percent. However, because of the popularity of the drug, thousands of Americans have been affected.
Doctors do not understand how Accutane, a variant of vitamin A, increases the risk of IBD. However the research is clear. Thousands of lawsuits have been filed against Roche, the maker of Accutane, for serious cases of bowel disorders in Accutane users. Accutane was removed from the American market in 2009, but generic forms of isotretinoin are still available.
Other injuries and serious side effects linked to Accutane include:
- Birth defects
- Ulcerative colitis
- Crohn’s disease
- Cardiovascular injuries
- Liver and kidney Damage
- Immune system disorders
- Hearing and vision loss
- Thyroid disorders
- Suicidal thoughts
If you are suffering inflammatory bowel disease after treatment with Accutane, you may be able to join the thousands of others who have filed Accutane injury lawsuits against Roche. Learn how you can seek compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages and disability through a Wisconsin Accutane lawsuit. Contact the Milwaukee drug injury attorneys at Hupy and Abraham by calling 800-800-5678.