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   Posted 9/6/2008 8:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Anyone here taken accutane before receiving a UC diagnosis. There is a group of lawyers arguing the drug causes UC, but courts are rejecting the claim as unverified. I know I took accutane for a while but was diagnosed w/ UC before taking the drug.
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1 - 2gm Sulfasalazine per day (even during remission)

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   Posted 9/7/2008 6:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, I took accutane treatements on two different occasions before being diagnosed with UC. I contacted an attorney about it but they said that the time difference between accutane treatments and UC diagnosis was too long.

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   Posted 9/7/2008 12:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I was diagnosed with UC within a year of finishing Accutane. The attorneys handling these cases would not take mine because the records no longer exist (1985-86) and I may not be able to prove I took Accutane. I'm convinced that is what caused my disease, the loss of good bacteria allowing the yeast to take over in my colon. I'm an attorney and have considered filing my own case just to see what happens. Two or three cases that recently went to trial have resulted in multi-million dollar verdicts. I expect eventually there will be a class action settlement, don't you think?

My naturopath says he has other patients with this scenario (the GIs will keep mum about it, of course), and he also says he has seen a relationship between baldness medications and UC, so beware!!
49 year old female, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA maintenance for 20+ years, usually 3 pills 2x day. 
Currently tapering off presnisone from lingering flare;
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Tested gluten intolerant and started gluten-free, soy-free, etc. diet which resolved flare. Also Replete probiotic, DGL (licorice root, slippery elm), Permeability Factors. Slow-release iron and B-12 shots for severe anemia.

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