What are symptoms of Crohn's disease from Accutane?



The side effects of Accutane (isotretinoin), and its generic equivalent, have been linked to an increased of Crohn’s disease and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). A number of former users of the acne medication are pursuing an Accutane lawsuit over Crohn’s disease after developing symptoms of this bowel injury.

Crohn’s disease, which is named for gastroenterologist Burrill Bernard Crohn, who first described the illness in 1932, is an inflammatory disease that effects the large intestine or colon. It is a form of inflammatory bowel disease, and involves the development of ulcers, or open sores, in the colon.

Many users have experienced symptoms of Accutane-induced Crohn’s disease for years before a diagnosis is made, because symptoms may be more vague than ulcerative colitis from Accutane. Crohn’s disease symptoms typically involve:

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Diarrhea, which is sometimes Bloody Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Weight Loss

The impact of Crohn’s disease after Accutane use has also caused some users to experience complications outside of the gastrointestinal tract, such as:

  • Arthritis
  • Eye Inflammation
  • Skin Rash
  • Lack of Concentration or Tired Feeling

There is no known cure for Crohn’s disease and it can have a devastating impact on an individual’s quality of life. Treatment often requires medication and lifestyle changes to reduce symptoms. In severe cases, surgery for Crohn’s disease from Accutane may be necessary, though surgery is not a cure for the disease.

There are different categories of Crohn’s disease depending on the area of the gastrointestinal tract that it effects, including:

  • Ileocolic Crohn’s Diease
  • Crohn’s Ileitis
  • Crohn’s Colitis
  • Gastroduodenal Crohn’s Disease

Unfortunately, the makers of Accutane failed to adequately warn about the risk of Accutane Crohn’s disease side effects. As a result, users diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) or Chrons Disease from Accutane may be entitled to financial compensation through an injury lawsuit.

UPDATE: Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. is no longer reviewing new Accutane cases. This page is provided for informational purposes only.

Crohn’s disease Accutane suits have been filed by users throughout the United States. Complaints allege that the drug maker failed to adequately research their acne medication or warn about the risk of bowel problems from Accutane. Information contained on the drug’s warning label has been vague and confusing, leaving consumers and physicians unclear on the extent of the risk or the impact of Crohns disease after Accutane use can have on an individual for the rest of their life.


The Accutane lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing potential Crohn’s disease lawsuits for individuals throughout the United States who have been diagnosed with this gastrointestinal disease after use of the acne medication. Symptoms of Crohn’s disease may not appear or be diagnosed for years after last use of the medication.

Lawsuits are also being reviewed for other forms of inflammatory bowel disease from Accutane, including Accutane ulcerative colitis. All claims are pursued under a contingency fee, which means that there are no fees for our Accutane attorneys unless a recovery is obtained.

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

UPDATE: Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. is no longer reviewing new Accutane cases. This page is provided for informational purposes only.
Austin Kirk

Last Updated November 24, 2010
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