Posted On: February 28, 2011 by Pennsylvania Personal Injury Attorney

Study Finds Accutane May Worsen Celiac Disease

According to a recent study, Vitamin A and retinoic acid, often used in the acne treatments Retin-A and the drug Accutane, may exacerbate a person’s celiac disease, reports CNBC. Those who suffer from celiac disease are unable to eat certain foods, such as cereal, pasta, and beer, and may also cause tissue damage.

PubMed reports that celiac disease is a medical condition that damages the lining of a person’s small intestine and prevents it from absorbing parts of food that are important for staying healthy. The damage is caused by a reaction to gluten, which is found in barley, rye, wheat, and possibly oats.

Accutane (the brand name of the prescription drug Isotretinoin) is used to treat severe recalcitrant nodular acne and relieve the symptoms of various other skin conditions and even some cancers. However, there are several potentially dangerous side effects associated with Accutane, including inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

Drug manufacturers are responsible for designing and creating pharmaceutical products that are safe and will not pose any harm to patients. Pharmaceutical companies must provide accurate and thorough warning labels for potential side effects and risks.

If you or a loved one has suffered serious side effects from taking Accutane or another drug, the Accutane attorneys at Cherry Fieger & Marciano, LLP have the legal knowledge and resources necessary to build a strong case on your behalf. Our lawyers have years of experience successfully litigating pharmaceutical drug cases and can help you hold negligent manufacturers liable for any injuries that were caused by their prescription drug. Call us today for a free consultation at 888-684-2374.