Accutane and bowel disease

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Ulcerative colitis is a type of inflammatory bowel disease that affects the colon. It involves inflammation and ulcers in the lining of the colon causing cramping, pain, diarrhea, and frequent bowel movements. Because they have the same symptoms, ulcerative colitis is often misdiagnosed as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). However, the complications of ulcerative colitis are much more serious. Ulcerative colitis has been associated with Accutane use.

Symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis

The symptoms of ulcerative colitis vary according to the area of the colon that is affected and can include:

  • Rectal bleeding
  • Rectal pain
  • Severe urgency to have bowel movement
  • Painful, but unproductive feeling of needing to move bowels
  • Bloody diarrhea
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Weight loss
  • Night sweats

Fulminant Colitis

Fulimant colitis is a severe and dangerous form of colitis involving inflammation of the entire colon. It causes ongoing bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and severe abdominal pain. Fulminant colitis can lead to shock. It can cause a condition called toxic megacolon in which the colon is dilated. The colon can also rupture. Fulminant colitis is a medical emergency.

Ulcerative Colitis Complications and Secondary Conditions

Ulcerative colitis is often associated with seemingly unrelated problems including:

  • Liver disease
  • Osteoporosis
  • Arthritis
  • Anemia
  • Eye inflammation
  • Skin rashes

Ulcerative Colitis Treatment

Ulcerative colitis is managed with dietary changes, anti-inflammatory medications, and immunosuppressants. Managing ulcerative colitis means preventing attacks and stopping them as quickly as possible when they occur.

Nutritional support is necessary to replace lost nutrients and fluids during and after attacks, and to correct nutritional deficiencies due to lack of absorption and poor appetite.

Although reserved for severe cases, surgery is an effective treatment of ulcerative colitis. Surgery for Crohn’s disease is typically not effective because the disease simply reappears elsewhere, but a colectomy, removing the colon “cures” ulcerative colitis.

Removing the colon can cause other health problems and requires the use of a colostomy bag, so it is an extreme measure. However, for some people, it can greatly improve quality of life over living with ulcerative colitis.

Hagens Berman Can Help You

If you or your loved one has suffered Accutane side effects such as ulcerative colitis, you may be entitled to compensation. The Accutane lawyers at Hagens Berman are here to aggressively protect your rights and help you receive the compensation you deserve.

Please contact our Accutane lawyers today to schedule your free initial consultation. Hagens Berman serves clients nationwide.

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