Inflammatory Bowel Disease
INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASE: Accutane has been associated with inflammatory bowel disease (including regional ileitis) in patients without a prior history of intestinal disorders. In some instances, symptoms have been reported to persist after Accutane treatment has been stopped. Patients experiencing abdominal pain, rectal bleeding or severe diarrhea should discontinue Accutane immediately....
No study has conclusively proven a link between Accutane use and inflammatory bowel disease. However, it has been recognized that some Accutane patients have a tendency to develop inflammatory bowel disease. Accutane patients should be aware of any symptoms indicating inflammatory bowel disease so that immediate treatment can be implemented before further damage occurs.
Inflammatory bowel disease is a group of disorders that cause inflammation or ulceration of the digestive tract. Depending on the type of IBD, any part of the digestive tract from the mouth to the anus may be affected. The small and large intestines, the rectum, and the anus are affected most often.
Ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease are the most
common types of inflammatory bowel disease. Ulcerative
colitis is more common than Crohn's disease. Doctors
may use other names, such as proctitis (inflammation
of the rectal lining), to describe inflammatory bowel
disease in a specific part of the intestine.
Inflammatory bowel disease is a long-term (chronic) condition
that may flare up many times in your life. An individual
may have long periods without symptoms, only mild symptoms
or symptoms that are persistent and severe.
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