What are symptoms of IBD or Inflammatory Bowel Disease from Accutane side effects?



Side effects of Accutane and its generic equivalents have been associated with hundreds of cases of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), including ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.

In many cases, users of the acne medication have had no previous gastrointestinal problems. As a result of the drug makers’ failure to adequately warn about the risk of inflammatory bowel disease from Accutane side effects, potential lawsuits are being pursued by users throughout the United States.

Symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) from Accutane may include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Hematochezia (bloody stool)
  • Weight loss
  • Arthritis

Inflammatory bowel disease Accutane side effects involve a group of conditions that impact the colon and small intestines. IBD can cause severe a great deal of pain and have a severe impact on a former Accutane users quality of life for years after the medication is used.

Accutane-induced IBD 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. Ulcerative colitis is usually limited to the colon and large bowels, while Crohn’s disease can affect any part of the digestive system, from the mouth to the rectum.

IBD is usually diagnosed through a colonoscopy with a biopsy of pathological lesions. Although the bowel disease rarely causes death on its own, it can result in death due to complications resulting from surgery, such as bowel perforations, and from complications like toxic megacolon. It is also suspected of increasing the risk of colorectal cancer.

Treatment of IBD from Accutane can require the use of harsh medications that suppress the immune system and fight inflammation. However, in severe cases, surgery may be required, including bowel resection, strictureplasty, a colostomy or ileostomy.

More than 1,000 people across the U.S. have filed an Accutane side effect lawsuit alleging that the drug’s makers failed to adequately warn about the side effects of the acne medication. All of the lawsuits include allegations that the company failed to adequately warn users about the risk of Accutane bowel side effects.

Information about the inflammatory bowel disease/IBD on Accutane have been vague and confusing, and many doctors and patients remained unclear on the extent of the risks and the impact of the bowel disease can have on Accutane users.

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


The Accutane lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing potential inflammatory bowel disease lawsuits for users diagnosed with this condition, including ulcerative colitis from Accutane and Crohn’s disease from Accutane. All cases are pursued under a contingency fee arrangements, which means that there are no fees unless a recovery for IBD from Accutane is obtained by our attorneys.

To review a potential claim on behalf of yourself, a friend or family member, request a free consultation with our Accutane IBD lawyers by submitting a request on-line, or call our law-firm toll free at 1 (800) 522-0102.

Austin Kirk

Last Updated November 24, 2010
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  • Richard says:

    I have suffered with ulcerative coilitus last summer and unfortunately my colon perferated and I lost my whole colon and was in the ICU and hospital for 5 weeks. I now wear a colostomy bag and still have numerous problems.

    Posted on March 1, 2013 at 1:12 pm

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