The Acne Drug Accutane® has been Potentially Linked to Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Crohn’s Disease, and Ulcerative Colitis

Along with other side-effects, Accutane® is suspected as a possible cause of inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Even after treatment with Accutane has been discontinued, these serious digestive disorders can persist.

If someone has taken the acne medication Accutane and is now diagnosed with Crohn’s disease or Ulcerative colitis, they may be entitled to compensation. Contact the Mulligan Law Firm at

Dallas, TX September 30, 2009 — Accutane (also known as Isotretinoin) has been used by about 13 million people since it first became available in 1982. Its primary use is for the treatment of severe nodular acne, in patients who fail to respond to other acne treatments such as antibiotics.

Accutane works by reducing the amount of oil released by oil-glands in the skin, and helps the skin to renew itself. It was Roche’s second-biggest selling drug until the patent expired in 2003, at which time generic versions could be sold.

Potential Side Effects of Accutane: Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is defined as a group of inflammatory conditions of the colon and small intestine. The main forms of IBD are Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. While the diseases have features in common, there are important differences.

Ulcerative colitis causes inflammation and sores (ulcers) in the lining of the rectum and colon. The sores form when inflammation has killed the cells that line the colon, which then bleed and produce pus. The main symptom of the disease is recurrent diarrhea mixed with blood. Mucus may also appear in the stool if the lining of the colon is damaged.

Crohn’s disease causes deeper inflammation than Ulcerative Colitis. It can potentially affect other parts of the digestive system, including the small intestine, anus, esophagus, mouth and stomach.

While Crohn’s disease has no known cure, ulcerative colitis can often be cured by surgery, but surgical removal of the large intestine and/or colon are as permanent and life-changing as the disease itself

About The Mulligan Law Firm
The Mulligan Law Firm is a national law firm located in Dallas, Texas, providing information and resources for injured individuals and their families in all 50 states. The firm has successfully resolved over $600,000,000 in claims for its clients since 1995.

The Mulligan Law Firm is currently investigating injury claims involving Accutane’s possible role in inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis. Someone who has been seriously injured after taking Accutane should consult with a legal professional immediately, and the Mulligan Firm has experienced lawyers ready to help. Contact Eric Gruenwald, Lawyer/Attorney or Attorney/Lawyer at 866-529-0001, EXT 245.

All cases are taken on a contingency-fee basis, which means the prospective client does not pay for our services unless an award or compensation is received.

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