Have You Taken the Dangerous Drug Accutane?
Accutane, also known as isotretinoin, is an oral medication that was used to treat severe acne. The medication has been linked to serious, adverse side effects.
Did you or a loved one take Accutane? If yes, please be aware that the medication is linked to the following side effects:
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Crohn's disease
- Ulcerative colitis
- Rectal bleeding
If you took Accutane and experienced any serious intestinal disorders, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact us for a free and confidential consultation. Delay may affect your legal rights.
Accutane, developed in 1982, treated cystic acne by shrinking the oil glands within the skin. Accutane also was used to treat psoriasis. The brand name was discontinued after an Accutane recall was issued in June 2009. The generic form of the drug (isotretinoin) is available under the names Sotret, Claravis and Amnesteem.
About 1,000 Accutane lawsuits are pending in state and federal courts alleging Roche Holding, the manufacturer of Accutane, failed to warn users about potential side effects. Courts awarded millions of dollars to plaintiffs already in the initial Accutane lawsuits.
Inflammatory bowel disease refers to ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, which are two chronic diseases that cause inflammation of the intestines. People suffering from inflammatory bowel disease experience pain and cramping as a result of swollen intestines. The symptoms of the disease usually appear within four years of the last time the patient took Accutane.
A study found that the chance of developing inflammatory bowel disease was 1.68 times higher for patients who took isotretinoin, the generic name for Accutane, than for those who did not take the medication. People in the study who took isotretinoin had a chance of developing ulcerative colitis that was 4.36 times higher than those who did not take the drug.
Other adverse side effects linked to Accutane include birth defects and depression.
Our Accutane lawyers can aggressively fight to make sure you get the full compensation you deserve. If you suffered any of the serious side effects linked to Accutane, you deserve compensation.
Call us today at 816-842-7100 to speak with an attorney who will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. Or you can click here to email us to set up your free consultation.