Accutane® is Linked to Severe Side Effects
Do you or a loved one suffer from gastrointestinal complications such as Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Crohn’s Disease,
or Ulcerative Colitis after taking Accutane (isotretinoin)? People suffering from side effects caused by Accutane may be eligible for financial compensation.
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Accutane® can cause severe side effects in patients including Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Crohn’s Disease
Accutane (isotretinoin) is a powerful oral medication used in the treatment of severe acne. Although Accutane is extremely effective in the treatment of acne, it has been linked to severe side effects including birth defects, suicidal thoughts, and gastrointestinal disorders. Among the serious gastrointestinal disorders Accutane has been found to cause are Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Crohn’s Disease, and Ulcerative Colitis.
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Accutane Lawsuit Awards and Settlements
The makers of Accutane currently face over 1,000 lawsuits associated with these Accutane side effects. The Accutane manufacturer has so far awarded over $56 million in Accutane side effect related verdicts.
These Accutane lawsuit settlements include $25 million awarded by a jury to a New Jersey man who developed Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) while taking Accutane and eventually had his colon removed. Another New Jersey jury awarded a woman in Utah $10.5 million for her pain and suffering caused by Accutane use when she was a teenager. Three Florida residents were awarded $12.9 million for their severe Accutane side effects.
There is limited time to file a claim so it is imperative that you discuss your Accutane injury with an experienced drug recall litigation attorney as soon as possible. Speak to one of our qualified Accutane Lawsuit Lawyers right now by calling 888-456-5016 or fill out our Free Accutane Case Evaluation form on the right.
Accutane Side Effects
Though the drug's label previously listed depression as a possible reaction, FDA strengthened the label warning in 1998 after reviewing cases with serious outcomes reported in the years after the drug was approved. The new labeling states that Accutane may cause depression and psychosis, and that in rare cases it may cause suicidal ideation (thoughts of suicide), suicide attempts, and suicide.
The label also advises providers that simply discontinuing the drug may not remedy any psychiatric problems and that further evaluation may be necessary. "In some cases, stopping Accutane alone may not be enough to relieve the mood changes," says Jonathan Wilkin, MD, director of CDER's division of dermatologic and dental drug products. "Psychiatric treatment may also be needed."
The relationship between Accutane and depression remains unproven, but some patients have reported that their depression subsided when they stopped the medication and came back when they resumed taking it. And some who have reported problems with depression while taking Accutane had no previous psychiatric history. FDA considers the number of reports of serious depression associated with Accutane high compared to other drugs in its database.
From 1982 to May 2000, FDA received reports of 37 U.S. Accutane patients who committed suicide, 24 while on the drug and 13 after stopping the drug. In addition to suicides, FDA received reports of 110 U.S. Accutane users hospitalized for depression, suicidal ideation, and suicide attempt during the same time period. As of May 2000, FDA had received reports of 284 Accutane users with non-hospitalized depression.
List of Side Effects caused by Accutane
In 1998, the Food and Drug Administration advised doctors who prescribe Accutane to watch their patients for signs of depression. Afterward, the Hoffman-LaRoche, the maker of Accutane, notified doctors that the drug ``may cause depression, psychosis, and, rarely, suicidal ideation, suicide attempts and suicide.''
However, the knowledge of the potential danger associated with Accutane did not become widely known until a Congressman's son committed suicide. Rep. Bart Stupak says his 17-year-old son's suicide earlier this year may be linked to the popular acne medicine. Bart Stupak Jr., known as "B.J.," shot himself in the head with his father's gun in the early hours of May 14. Stupak was popular in school, a football player, and killed himself after a prom-night party.
In assessing how many potential suicide cases could be linked to Accutane, Rep. Stupak stated, "We are up over 100 reports, that's just what is coming in to us, so I believe there are probably over a thousand cases," Stupak said. "The average time is 88 days from when you start taking it, and the effect is very sudden.... You are doing strange things at 3 a.m. and you are dead at 7 a.m."
The FDA has received reports of 66 suicides and 1,373 cases of psychiatric problems among Accutane users as of early December, 2000 according to a report in USA Today. Accutane's package warning first stated potential relationship between Accutane and depression in 1986. Although French officials required that Hoff-LaRoche add the risk of suicide to the package insert of the European version of Accutane in March 1997, the FDA did not require such a change in the USA until 1999.
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