Accutane is a medication prescribed by dermatologists to treat severe acne. It is a derivative of Vitamin A that reduces the skin’s production of oil. Accutane carries many serious side effects, including inflammatory bowel disease. Patients who have not had a prior history of intestinal disorders are still at risk of developing this medical condition. There have been reports of people who have continued to suffer from the symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease, even after they stopped taking Accutane.
Inflammatory bowel disease is a term used to describe a group of disorders that lead to inflammation of the intestines. It is an ongoing condition that is characterized by periods of flare ups. There are two types of inflammatory bowel disease, known as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. The symptoms generally include cramping abdominal pain, fever, diarrhea, gastrointestinal bleeding, unintentional weight loss, fatigue and rectal bleeding.
The symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease can be controlled with a healthy diet, plenty of rest, hydration and medication. The medication most likely prescribed will be designed to reduce the inflammation. Antibiotics are sometimes needed to kill germs in the intestines.
When there are severe symptoms present, hospitalization is often recommended. The medical staff will ensure that special fluids and medications are given intravenously and in some cases, immunosuppressants will be needed. Occasionally, inflammatory bowel disease is so severe, that the colon has to be removed.
If you believe that you have been injured from this medication or are suffering from Accutane side effects, you should contact an experienced Orlando injury lawyerwho will review your case, free of charge. You can hold the manufacturer liable and may be entitled to compensation for your injuries caused by Accutane. For more information, contact the Law Offices of Lilly, O’Toole & Brown, LLP at (863) 683-1111.