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Accutane is a powerful anti-acne medication that has been linked to several serious side effects, including inflammatory bowel disorder. Hoffman-LaRoche, the manufacturer of Accutane, faces as many as 800 cases around the country. Seeger Weiss has won 5 consecutive verdicts against LaRoche since 2005.
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Many patients with no history of stomach problems have suffered from severe gastrointestinal issues after using Accutane. Those prescribed doses as low as 20 mg a day have also been affected. Side effects of the digestive system have appeared while taking the drug and even months or years after stopping usage.
In July 2006, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology a study linking Accutane and irritable bowel syndrome. Using reports submitted to the FDA through the MedWatch System that was established in 1996, they detailed 85 cases that were reported between 1997 and 2002.
In February 2011, the scientific journal “Nature” published results of research from the University of Chicago’s Digestive Disease Research Core Center. This study showed that retinoic acid from vitamin A in the drug caused additional intestinal inflammation to those with increased levels of the protein interleukin-15. These increased levels cause celiac disease which is a digestive disorder from consuming wheat gluten. Symptoms include diarrhea, gas, abdominal pain and bloating, fatigue, and weight loss.
Crohn’s Disease is another inflammatory bowel disease that causes stomach pain, diarrhea, fever, and weight loss. This can lead to bowel obstruction, cancer, abscesses, tears, and sever bleeding. There is no cure for this disease.
Ulcerative colitis affects the large intestine and colon with ulcers or sores. Symptoms include diarrhea, stomach pain, fever, rectal bleeding, and weight loss. The only cure is surgery to remove the affected part of the bowel.
Hoffman-LaRoche Pharmaceuticals voluntarily recalled this drug from the United States market in June 2009 due to the number of lawsuits against the company.
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