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Accutane IBD Problems


What is the difference between IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) and Accutane IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease)?


The Accutane lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing potential IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) lawsuits for former users of the popular acne medication. While this condition is often confused with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), Accutane lawsuits are not being pursued for IBS.

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a group of conditions that impact the colon and small intestines. It can cause severe stomach conditions, and a great deal of pain. IBD from Accutane has greatly reduced the overall quality of life for hundreds of former users of the acne drug or its generic equivalents.

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a troublesome, but much less serious condition that is usually diagnosed when most other gastrointestinal ailments, including IBD, have been excluded as possibilities. It is also often associated with abdominal pain, discomfort and changes in bowel habits.

Side effects of Accutane have been linked to an increased risk of IBD, and hundreds of people throughout the United States have filed an Accutane IBD lawsuit.

The Accutane bowel problems generally comes in two forms: ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s Disease. The primary difference between the two is location, which both can cause open sores in the digestive tract and result in symptoms such as abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomitting, weight loss and athritis.

IBS is much less understood, since it is a condition of exclusion. Stress, infections and changes in the body’s chemistry have all been suggested as possible causes for IBS. Symptoms can include chronic abdominal pain, discomfort, bloating, and changes in bowel habits; including both diarrhea and constipation.

IBD is usually treated through the use of anti-inflammatory medications and immunosuppressant drugs. In some cases it results in surgery to remove affected areas via colostomy, bowel resection and other surgical methods.

IBS is treated through the use of stool softeners, laxatives, antidiarrheals, dietary changes and even antidepressants. However, there is no known cure.


The manufacturers of Accutane and generic equivalents have failed to adequately warn about the risk of IBD from Accutane. As a result, former users diagnosed with the bowel disease, including ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, may be entitled to financial compensation through an Accutane bowel disease lawsuit.

Complaints allege that the drug makers failed to adequately research the IBD side effects of Accutane or warn about the impact IBD may have on an Accutane user for the rest of their life. Information contained on the drug’s warning label has been vague and confusing, leaving consumers and physicians without complete information to make an informed decision about the acne benefits of the drug compared to the risk of IBD with Accutane.

To review a potential claim for yourself, a friend or family member, request a free consultation and claim evaluation on line or call our Accutane IBD lawyers toll free at (800) 522-0102.


UPDATED: November 19th, 2011 by Austin Kirk

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