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Doctor insights on: Accutane Bowel Disease

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Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


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Is it safe to take Accutane if you have Crohn's disease?

Is it safe to take Accutane if you have Crohn's disease?

No: There is a possible link between Accutane and exacerbation of inflammatory bowel disease. Therefore Accutane should not be used in chrons. Antibiotics may also be an issue. An alternative would be a combination of diet, limit sugar and carbs, zinc supplementation, and the use of a laser which heats the oil glands to shrink the glands and blue light. Another treatment is pdt which could be used ...Read more

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Does Accutane cause Crohn's disease?

Does Accutane cause Crohn's disease?

Inconclusive: There are studies showing no link and other studies showing a potentially causal relationship. Since there is a potential risk, this is something that needs to be discussed with your doctor and consider benefits vs. Risks before starting this drug. If you decide to take this drug, any GI or bowel side-effects need to be reported immediately to your doctor. ...Read more

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Although unlikely, how can Accutane cause liver disease, and which types? Does monitoring one's liver profile keep one safe from developing these?

Although unlikely, how can Accutane cause liver disease, and which types? Does monitoring one's liver profile keep one safe from developing these?

Accutane: The metabolism of the drug by your liver cells can damage them. Monitoring their functioning will not stop the damage unless you stop taking the med once evidence of damage shows up!! ...Read more

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Is acne that reappears after taking several courses of Accutane an autoimmune disease? 27 yo male, acne since 14 yo

Is acne that reappears after taking several courses of Accutane an autoimmune disease? 27 yo male, acne since 14 yo

Here are some ...: The appearance of acne is highly related with higher testosterone level and subtle imbalance between T and estrogen, which are genetically related and can not be corrected. So, it is not autoimmune. In reality, you have coped with it well; congratulate. Now, you need to accept, adopt, and adapt to what you have got in life and continue the ongoing coping, but not obsessive. ...Read more

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I have a friend who took accutane for a few years. Does this mean hes at high risk of developing ulcerative colitis and/or crohn's disease?

I have a friend who took accutane for a few years. Does this mean hes at high risk of developing ulcerative colitis and/or crohn's disease?

I don't believe it: Studies of epidemiology are fraught with pitfalls; the most recent work that I've seen seems to discredit any link at all. Accutane is powerful medicine and does carry some other risks. Best wishes. http://consumer.healthday.com/kids-health-information-23/acne-news-3/study-finds-no-tie-between-acne-drug-accutane-and-crohn-s-colitis-673621.html ...Read more

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How high do AST/ALT need to be from accutane to cause liver disease? Worried. Have read of people developing cirrhosis.

How high do AST/ALT need to be from accutane to cause liver disease? Worried. Have read of people developing cirrhosis.

Transaminitis: A small elevation in your liver enzymes while taking medications such as accutane is acceptable and not uncommon. There is no specific answer but levels would have to markedly elevated for some time to cause severe liver issues. ...Read more

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Does accutane put you at risk for heart disease heart attack, stroke or cardiac arrest?

Does accutane put you at risk for heart disease heart attack, stroke or cardiac arrest?

No: Main side effect= very dry skin, especially lips. Headaches more likely if taking pills with Vit. A. Side effects gone 1 week after last pill. MUST avoid pregnancy while on it. ...Read more

Taking Accutane (Definition)

Accutane (Isotretinoin) is a powerful medicine that treats acne. It is known to cause severe birth defects if a woman becomes ...Read more


Bowel (Definition)

The bowel is the intestinal tract in the body. The small intestine ...Read more