Dangers of Accutane®
Accutane® is a powerful anti-acne medication that was introduced in the 1980s. It was pulled from the market by its Swiss manufacturer, Roche Holding AG, in June 2009 for financial reasons, the company said.
The company had become burdened by an overwhelming number of lawsuits brought by persons injured by the medication. The many serious side effects of Accutane® have led to thousands of personal injury lawsuits against the manufacturer.
The company was ordered to pay $25.16 million in damages to a former user of the drug who said the medication caused his inflammatory bowel disease. The plaintiff said he needed five surgeries, including one to remove his colon, after he took Accutane® in 1995 to treat acne.
A study published in the April 2010 issue of the American Journal of Gastroenterology showed Accutane® users were twice as likely to develop inflammatory bowel disease as those who had never taken the drug.
Is Accutane® Dangerous?
The answer is yes. Accutane® has many serious side effects. Some of the most severe side effects occur in the fetus if the mother is pregnant and takes the drug. For this reason, the medication's label clearly warns women not to take Accutane® if they are pregnant, plan to get pregnant, or may inadvertently become pregnant.
The many severe side effects of the drug include:
- Joint pain
- Abnormal skin peeling
- Bone tenderness
- Decreased night vision
- Corneal scarring
- Sudden blindness
- Problems with hearing
- Heart attack
- Obstruction of a blood vessel by a blood clot
- Hemorrhage from the gums
- Ulcers of the stomach or intestine
- Acute inflammation of the pancreas
- Blood in the urine
- Serious muscle damage leading to kidney failure
- Pain in the muscles, joints or tendons
- Abnormal liver function tests
- Suicidal thoughts
- High amounts of uric acid in the blood
- High amounts of blood sugar
If you or someone you love has suffered serious side effects from taking Accutane®, you should contact an Accutane® lawyer to find out if you qualify to seek compensation for your suffering.
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