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Doctor insights on: Accutane And Crohn's Disease

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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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Dr. Abby Caplin
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Crohn's Disease (Definition)

Inflammatory bowel disease, also known as IBD, is chronic inflammation of the digestive tract. There are two main types of IBD: ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. Ulcerative colitis causes continuous inflammation and ulcers in the innermost lining of the colon and the rectum. Crohn's, on the other hand, is non-continuous inflammation that affects all layers of the digestive system in the large and small intestines. Both ulcerative colitis and Crohn's cause diarrhea, pain, ...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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What are my treatment options for Crohns disease?

What are my treatment options for Crohns disease?

Discuss with GI MD: Treatment of anyone with an autoimmune disorder starts with stress reduction, proper diet and adequate sleep and rest. Lack of any of these can worsen/bring out symptoms. Sometimes treatment involves biologics of which Humera is one, steroids, and 5-aminosalicylates if the colon and rectum are involved. The right medication choices need a discussion with your MD who knows extent of your disease. ...Read more

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Crohns disease, at what point during a flare up should I go to the hospital?

Talk with doctor: You should be in contact with your doctor by phone if you are in pain or bleeding. Going to the er should be a joint decision, unless you are experiencing extreme uncontrollable pain or other unusual or concerning symptoms. ...Read more

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Can pelvic surgeries cause a flare up in crohns disease symptoms. More specifically a robotic cystecomy??

Can pelvic surgeries cause a flare up in crohns disease symptoms. More specifically a robotic cystecomy??

Most likely not.: Surgery on bladder will not affect your gi tract, unless the two are abnormally adherent. Get opinion from gi specialist just to be sure. ...Read more

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Where are the common areas of pain when you have small intestine inflammation because of crohns disease?

Where are the common areas of pain when you have small intestine inflammation because of crohns disease?

Crohns: A common area of involvement in crohns disease is in the intestine near the appendix which would cause discomfort in the right lower abdomen. Skip areas of the intestines occur in crohns and thus different zones in the abdomen may be involved,however. ...Read more

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Throughout the day my stomach swells, hardens with raised knots sometimes painful. I have Crohns disease don't know if related -happens most every day?

More info: I would keep a log of your symptoms and indicate time of day and relation to meal time and what you ate. I would present this information to your gastroenterologist and see how this fits into your Crohns process. Good luck. ...Read more

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Crohns disease: is the anal gas infectious like a cough to people ?

No: Crohn's disease is not an infectious disease. That being said you can have a GI tract infection on top of the crohn's especially if you have been treated with antibiotics and this infection can be contagious from contact with your stool. In general the gas or flatus should not be able to spread any infection without direct stool contact. ...Read more

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I have crohns disease & i woke up this morning vomiting and diarrhea badly. This pain is beyond intense. Should I go to the e.r i can't even eat.

I have crohns disease & i woke up this morning vomiting and diarrhea badly. This pain is beyond intense. Should I go to the e.r i can't even eat.

If you cannot: reach the Medical Provider who is treating your crohns I would opine that an ER (or preferably a Walk In Unit) is indicated. In the meantime Clear Liquids only! Hope this is helpful....Good luck...BE WELL! Dr Z ...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