PA Accutane Gastrointestinal Injuries Attorney
Accutane Gastrointestinal Injuries
In 1982, drug manufacturer Hoffman La Roche released something wished for by acne sufferers all over the world: a virtual cure for the troubling skin condition. Intended for those with serious cases who had tried other treatments without success, Accutane was a drug millions of people used before La Roche stopped production in June of 2009. While clear skin free of blemishes was a huge benefit of taking Accutane, many users also experienced unwanted effects. Among the serious side effects of Accutane were gastrointestinal injuries including the following:
- Crohn’s Disease
This is one of two major types of inflammatory bowel disease, the other being ulcerative colitis. Crohn’s disease causes intestinal inflammation. Its classic symptoms are weight loss, pain in the abdominal area and severe diarrhea. Although diet and medication can help control the symptoms, many people who have Crohn’s disease will need to undergo surgery at some point. Depending on how far the disease has progressed, the doctor may remove a small portion of the intestine or even perform a colectomy (removal of the colon).
- Ulcerative Colitis
When an individual has this type of inflammatory bowel disease, inflammation occurs in the digestive tract. Typically, ulcers also develop in the areas lining the rectum and the large intestine. The symptoms are similar to those associated with Crohn’s disease. Ulcerative colitis is a chronic condition that doctors strive to manage rather than cure.
- Acute Pancreatitis
Inflammation of the pancreas is the main consequence of this type of gastrointestinal injury. Very dangerous, it can be life-threatening if not treated immediately. A person with acute pancreatitis is at a serious risk of kidney failure and internal bleeding. Signs of this gastrointestinal injury include severe stomach pain, fever and vomiting. Accutane users who experience any of these symptoms should seek medical assistance right away.
If you were not aware of the Accutane health risks and sustained gastrointestinal injuries while taking the drug, contact the attorneys at Cherry Injury Law. The partners at our firm have experience handling dangerous drug cases, and we will fight aggressively on your behalf. The recipients of numerous awards and honors, our Philadelphia Accutane attorneys are leaders in their fields of practice and are committed to helping injured parties in the state of Pennsylvania. To speak with a knowledgeable attorney who can help you build the strongest case possible, contact us toll-free at 610-565-0300 today.
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