Accutane has a history of bad side effects, but one of the most severe is the chronic inflammatory condition known as ulcerative colitis. The drug was originally synthesized as a cancer fighting drug, only to show amazing results at reducing nodular acne. The exact metabolic pathways that this drug alters is unknown, but this drug has some of the most severe side effects, ranging from chronic inflammatory bowel disease, depression to suicide.
There have been over 5000 personal injury cases to this date against the makers of Accutane, and I am one of them.
April 2008, a New Jersey woman received $10.5 million from a case against Roche, citing that the company failed to warn of the risk of dangerous and chronic conditions. After starting Accutane treatment, the woman developed ulcerative colitis at age 14 and later had to have her colon removed. She now faces chronic and debilitating diarrhea.
February 2010, a computer technician from Birmingham, Alabama, received $25.16 million in settlement damages from Roche. The 38-year-old man began taking Accutane for his acne in 1995 and soon developed inflammatory bowel disease, requiring five surgeries and a removal of his colon. The jury found that Roche failed to warn users of the risk of bowel disease associated with the medication.
If you or someone you know is taking Accutane right now, please make sure you know ALL the risks!