What is Accutane?
Accutane® or the generic versions isotretinoin or roaccutane are severe acne drugs prescribed by dermatologists. First introduced by the US drug manufacturer Hoffman-La Roche, Accutane became one of their top sellers with an estimated 1.2 billion dollars in annual sales. Hoffman La Roche, part of the international conglomerate known as the La Roche Group, is estimated to be one of the seven largest drug manufacturers in the world.
Since its approval to treat acne in the US in 1982, a host of cases has emerged linking Accutane to Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). According to Dr. Seth Crockett, MD, of the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, patients who used the medication were much more likely to develop IBD.
What is Inflammatory Bowel Disease?
IBD is a group of intestinal disorders that cause inflammation, in the form of painful swelling in the intestines. Though rare, the inflammation can persist over a long period of time and usually comes back over and over again. The main forms of the condition are Chrohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Crohn's disease usually causes ulcers or open sores along the length of the small and large intestines. Ulcerative colitis usually causes ulcers in the lower part of the large intestine, often starting at the rectum.
What other side effects are associated with Accutane?
Accutane is one of the top 3 drugs sold in the US with the most reports of adverse side effects. Serious side effects include:
- Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), ulcerative colitis, Crohn's Disease, and rectal bleeding
- Clinical hepatitis and liver damage
- Spontaneous osteoporosis and decrease in bone density
- Bone fractures and delayed healing of bone fractures
- Muscle weakness
- Decreased night vision
- Temporary or permanent hearing loss
- Temporary high cholesterol
- Severe allergic reactions
- Miscarriages, birth defects, premature births, and deaths in babies whose mothers took Accutane while pregnant
Due to the number of adverse effects directly related to Accutane®, the FDA now requires all patients who take Accutane to sign a consent form. Since 1996, pharmacists are required to give patients a medication guide that details the risks associated with taking Accutane. Thalidomide and Mifeprex are the only other drugs that have required a medication guide.
Have you suffered from adverse reactions to Accutane?
If you or any member of your family has experienced adverse reactions from using Accutane, then please contact us right away. You can call us at 303.893.4489
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