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Can taking Accutane cause ulcerative colitis or chron's in offspring?

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 more

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Does Accutane cause IBD or colitis? or does it affect your GI tract?

Does Accutane cause IBD or colitis? or does it affect your GI tract?

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

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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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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 more

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Is colitis painful?

Is colitis painful?

Usually but depends: Colitis is a general term, and there are many different types. Pain is a common symptom in many of them. ...Read more

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What is focal colitis?

What is focal colitis?

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

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Can you die from colitis?

Possible: Most colitis is treatable provided you don't let it go too far. Two types are particularly dangerous: ischemic colitis and c. Difficile colitis. Ulcerative colitis is particularly challenging but usually not immediately life threatening. ...Read more

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What sort of disease is colitis?

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 more

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Is chron colitis like acute colitis?

Can be: Crohn's as well as other colitis entities can be both acute or chronic. Acute colitis is a general term that includes the above but also can include ulcerative colitis, antibiotic associated colitis, ischemic colitis to name a few. ...Read more

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