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Isotretinoin May Be Causing Ulcerative ColitisAre you on Isotretinoin? Were you prescribed Isotretinoin at some point in your life? Unfortunately if you answered “yes” to either of these questions, you may be at a higher risk for developing ulcerative colitis. A new survey in the American Journal of Gastroenterology shows that those who were prescribed Isotretinoin at some point in their lives tend to be more likely to develop colitis symptoms.
Isotretinoin has been prescribed as a treatment for acne for some time. While it may work for blemishes upon the face, unfortunately it seems that exposure to Isotretinoin may have a long-term effect of causing the body to be more likely to start developing colitis symptoms. Many people who have used Isotretinoin start to notice things like diarrhea, abdominal pain, bloody stools and rectal bleeding. That's when they end up going to the doctor and find out that they do have ulcerative colitis.
The study in the journal backs up their claims. The study looked at over 4400 people who have ulcerative colitis. It also looked at a number of control cases. What they found was those who had developed ulcerative colitis were more likely to have been exposed to Isotretinoin than those in the control group.
What Do You Do If You Find Out You Have Colitis?Well, there's not too much you can do. There is no perfect cure, but there are some things you can do to lessen the colitis symptoms. First, it's time to change your diet. By eating a little more carefully you can lessen the chances that some of those colitis symptoms will kick up. Generally, colitis diets include drinking a lot of water, eating much smaller meals (meaning less stress at once on the intestinal system) and avoiding trigger foods that are known to set off colitis attacks such as caffeine, alcohol and dairy products.
Additionally, it's important that you talk to your doctor on a regular basis. Make sure you get annual checkups, if not more frequently if you have a bad case. You should also get a colonoscopy at least once every 10-12 years, if you're younger to keep tabs on the ailment's progress.