Accutane

Arizona Drug Recall Attorneys

The drug Accutane® was originally approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1982 and eventually dominated the market as a leading treatment for acne. Patients could enjoy a life free from all types of breakouts, especially when their skin had not responded to other treatments such as antibiotic pills and topical creams.

Drug Recall AttorneysAfter several years of widespread use, Accutane® users began to notice an array of side effects, such as:

  • Liver problems
  • Kidney problems
  • Pancreas problems
  • Psychiatric problems
  • Central nervous system damage
  • Auto-immune deficiencies
  • Cardiovascular issues
  • Birth defects among mothers on the medication

The psychiatric problems became so severe for some consumers that they ultimately committed suicide. Following more than 142 reports of Accutane®-related suicide, the FDA issued a warning to health care professionals to carefully monitor Accutane® users for signs of depression. If you have been hurt by this medication, contact an Arizona Accutane® attorney to discuss your options.

A Different Batch of Side Effects

More recently, Accutane® users began experiencing a whole new set of digestive-related side effects, including:

  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Not to be confused with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) refers to two chronic diseases that cause inflammation of the intestines: ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. This digestive condition is especially common among teenagers and young adults, and can sometimes be a permanent condition. Even after patients have stopped taking Accutane®, some have developed IBD months after ceasing use.
  • Crohn’s Disease: With this form of IBD, inflammation may occur anywhere along the digestive tract, from the mouth to the anus. This form of IBD is characterized by abdominal discomfort, often in the lower right quadrant of the stomach area. Other symptoms include loss of appetite, blood in the stool, severe diarrhea and stomach ulcers.
  • Ulcerative Colitis: This IBD condition develops when the lining of your digestive tract becomes inflamed, causing severe diarrhea and abdominal pain. Affecting primarily the large colon and occasionally the small colon, ulcerative colitis has many of the same symptoms as Crohn’s disease and can be a very painful condition.

Both IBD conditions may require surgery and can lead to severe, life-threatening complications.

If you have experienced an injury from Accutane®, please contact our Arizona Accutane attorneys at 1-877-LOSS-RECOVER (567-7732) today. Our lawyers will fight to get you the money you deserve, so please make that call today!