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No: There were previous studies showing a questionable link between these conditions, but they were all small and questionable, leaving the question very open. However, a very large study reported in 2013 involving 45, 000 women shows no link between Accutane and ulcerative colitis and crohn's disease. No study has ever reported ulcerative colitis or crohn's in offspring. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The PI usually best: source for information; i.e. the Prescribing Information; the minimal information which the FDA believes should be available to any physician in order to intelligently decide whether to recommend a prescription molecule(s) to another human based on all known chemistry, research & clinical trial information. It can usually be found on the name brand website; later on at http://www.rxlist.com. ...Read more
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
Is acutane safe to use if you have colitis? I will be monitored by gi, my dermatologist assures me he's done this before and no one has gotten sick even if they already have a pre-existing condition.
Likely: While Accutane may cause colitis and generalized inflammation of the GI tract, it does not necessarily cause an exacerbation of an underlying colitis condition; so, given that you are under the supervision of two competent physicians, this is a safe situation;. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Tummy Ache: Focal colitis is a general term for inflammation of a particular area of colon. Usually this is caused by food-borne illness or inflammatory bowel disease (like crohn's disease). Very rarely serious pathology like mesenteric ischemia can show a focal colitis but you would be extremely ill. Typically a colitis will resolve on its own, but can occasionally need antibiotics. ...Read more
Colon Inflammation: Colitis is the term which refers to inflammation of the large intestine otherwise known as the colon. Colitis can have many causes such as infection, lack of blood flow (ischemic), inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis, crohn's), etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer