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Old 09-17-2008, 02:31 PM
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Has anyone ever been on this? I'm currently on the 40 mg dosage, once a day. I've read on the side effects, and they all seem pretty serious. My doctor said it's rare to experience such intense side effects, but there seems to be lots of stories on it. I'm on my second day, and I just experienced the worst crying spell. I was getting angry with my boyfriend for we're having such a stupid argument about eastern/pacific times. Next thing you know, I'm feeling aggressive and then I start bawling my eyes out. A lot of the journals I read online seem to promote this product, even after they experienced liver/kidney problems, depression, dry, red, itchy skin and OTHER crazy side effects. I'm not so sure it's really worth it. What do you guys think? I really need some opinions.

I really hope someone replies to this thread soon. I'm needing some major support. After having a silly arguement with my boyfriend, I couldn't admit that Accutane maybe had something to do with my crying, (C'mon, an argument about eastern/pacific times? That's way out of character) since he does not agree with me taking this drug. My parents don't really understand the side effects, and it's difficult to explain it to them with the language barrier we have. I don't really have a good friend to depend on to talk to me about this, because I'm embarrassed to admit that I'm taking a dangerous medication for my acne. So, don't mind me for writing in this thread as much as I do.

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Old 09-17-2008, 03:49 PM
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If you do a search, you can find some people who posted about their experiences. Also, acne.org would be a good place to read a lot of people's reviews.
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Old 09-17-2008, 04:19 PM
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I think it's a very personal decision. My doctor broached the subject of me taking it but I am not even entertaining the idea at this point. I know it can be life changing for some people but I don't think the side effects would be worth it for me. If you are having side effects that you are worried about you should talk to your doctor. And like Jessani suggested, acne.org is a great resource.
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Old 09-18-2008, 12:46 AM
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I took it and it worked great for me. It was very strong though, so strong it cracked the skin on my feet because it was so dry. I was doing martial arts at the time so that may have caused some of it.

I never really had any other side effects. If I was in a bad mood I wouldn't have known because I was married to a major asshole at the time. I also couldn't eat bananas and had to get blood work done quite often. I would say if its really bothering you stop taking it.
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Old 09-18-2008, 02:40 AM
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like jessani said, try running a search... we had a discussion about this not too long ago -- there was some really good advice and alternatives mentioned in it.

edit to add: now that i think about it, there has been a long standing debate if accutane is linked to depression. some say yes, while others argue that acne sufferers are already predisposed to low self esteem, depression, etc. i think the accuatne packaging now comes with a warning label for depression. if you are already experiencing severe mood swings, you should really contact your dr as soon as possible.
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Has anyone ever been on this? I'm currently on the 40 mg dosage, once a day. I've read on the side effects, and they all seem pretty serious. My doctor said it's rare to experience such intense side effects, but there seems to be lots of stories on it. I'm on my second day, and I just experienced the worst crying spell. I was getting angry with my boyfriend for we're having such a stupid argument about eastern/pacific times. Next thing you know, I'm feeling aggressive and then I start bawling my eyes out. A lot of the journals I read online seem to promote this product, even after they experienced liver/kidney problems, depression, dry, red, itchy skin and OTHER crazy side effects. I'm not so sure it's really worth it. What do you guys think? I really need some opinions.

I really hope someone replies to this thread soon. I'm needing some major support. After having a silly arguement with my boyfriend, I couldn't admit that Accutane maybe had something to do with my crying, (C'mon, an argument about eastern/pacific times? That's way out of character) since he does not agree with me taking this drug. My parents don't really understand the side effects, and it's difficult to explain it to them with the language barrier we have. I don't really have a good friend to depend on to talk to me about this, because I'm embarrassed to admit that I'm taking a dangerous medication for my acne. So, don't mind me for writing in this thread as much as I do.
You really shouldn't be so hard on yourself!! If you have been prescribed Accutane then you will already have tried a lot other medications available for acne with no success. I don't think people who have not experienced acne can really understand how it can affect your confidence and self-esteem. You definitely shouldn't be embarrassed about taking medication to try and get rid of your acne.

Just a thought - were you on birth control before the Dr put you on Accutane? Cos if you weren't then he must have prescribed one in order for you to be able to be prescribed Accutane. Could it be the bc that is making you emotional?

Definitely go back and see your doc. Explain to him the symptoms you are having again. He should be supportive! Also, maybe you should sit down with your boyfriend and just explain to him why you chose to take the medication and ask him to be supportive and more considerate of your feelings.
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What other medications have your tried before? Was this the last resort?
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I'm on accutane right now, month 4 of 6. Honestly, the horror stories you've probably read on the internet make it sound like a bigger deal than it is. It was an absolute last resort for me and it works wonders.

Here are the side effect I have/have had:
-Dry lips (buy Aquaphor)
-More muscle fatigue after I work out
-VERY slowed heal times for cuts, scrapes, etc
-Peeling skin, elbows, hands, etc
-Dry eyes
-Peely scalp during the first week, almost unbearable until my derm gave me special shampoo
-Maybe a bit of the mood swings/crankiness
-Obviously, dry skin all over
-Nose bleeds

Now all that sounds bad, but to me the benefits far outweigh the side effects. It's all how you look at it. Once you start getting compliments on your skin, you'll know it was worth it

ETA: If you have any questions I'd be happy to answer them And about being embarrassed to admit you're taking it, there are far more people that you might even know that are on Accutane and have the same feelings as you. Trust me

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Just a thought - were you on birth control before the Dr put you on Accutane? Cos if you weren't then he must have prescribed one in order for you to be able to be prescribed Accutane. Could it be the bc that is making you emotional?

Definitely go back and see your doc. Explain to him the symptoms you are having again. He should be supportive! Also, maybe you should sit down with your boyfriend and just explain to him why you chose to take the medication and ask him to be supportive and more considerate of your feelings.

I've been on Alesse for about a year now? So, I don't think it's the birth control that's contributing to my crankiness.

Unfortunately, I have to wait another month to speak to my doctor. He's completely booked. My symptoms aren't too bad. I guess I was just freaking out from the unusual mood swings, and I was thinking the other 'bad' side effects were going to hit me soon. And, I already tried to talk to my boyfriend about it. He's pretty much stopped listening to me about it..
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What other medications have your tried before? Was this the last resort?
I've tried about.. five topical creams. My last one worked for a good year.. Then my acne started to come back. I've also been on anti-biotics and another birth control pill. I didn't know me taking Accutane was going to be my 'last resort'. My doctor basically asked me how fed up I was with acne, and I said very, so he prescribed me with Accutane. I'm quite confused for Accutane is usually prescribed to people with severe acne? My acne is probably best described as mild to moderate. So, I need to do some more research.


And Paraflame, thank you! I'm on my fourth day, and I've yet to experience some crazy side effects. Although, my lips are drying like crazy.
Thanks to everyone else too. I've checked out acne.org, and it's extremely helpful.

I'm grateful for your posts. Thanks!
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I'm quite confused for Accutane is usually prescribed to people with severe acne?
Thats true, but it is also prescribed to people with consistent acne that they have a tough time getting rid of. What you want to prevent is long term scarring, so the sooner you get rid of the acne the better, no matter how severe it is.

Out of curiousity, how many months does your dr. have you on it? Give it 6-8 weeks, you'll have no breakouts, by the time you finish you'll have grown (literally) a whole new face
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Thats true, but it is also prescribed to people with consistent acne that they have a tough time getting rid of. What you want to prevent is long term scarring, so the sooner you get rid of the acne the better, no matter how severe it is.

Out of curiousity, how many months does your dr. have you on it? Give it 6-8 weeks, you'll have no breakouts, by the time you finish you'll have grown (literally) a whole new face
He told me to be on it for four months. Sigh, I'm starting to break out, which I know is normal, but I'm starting college and I have a job interview tomorrow, starting another job on Sunday, and my birthday is in less than two weeks. Hopefully it won't be too bad.
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I've had a very similar experience to paraflam, I do not regret it at all.

I've just finished my course about a month ago - I started on 20mg a day for the 1st 6 weeks while my body got used to it and then 30mg a day for about 6 months more. I have read that its the total amount that you consume that matters - so if you are having trouble with side effects then maybe you could talk to your derm about taking less at a time for longer. Depends on your acne too - mine was not "severe" but had been persistent for over 10 years.

Another thing - (most) people who haven't had (bad) acne don't understand what it does to your self image - a lot of people i told did not understand why i was taking it.

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I've had a very similar experience to paraflam, I do not regret it at all.

I've just finished my course about a month ago - I started on 20mg a day for the 1st 6 weeks while my body got used to it and then 30mg a day for about 6 months more. I have read that its the total amount that you consume that matters - so if you are having trouble with side effects then maybe you could talk to your derm about taking less at a time for longer. Depends on your acne too - mine was not "severe" but had been persistent for over 10 years.

Another thing - (most) people who haven't had (bad) acne don't understand what it does to your self image - a lot of people i told did not understand why i was taking it.

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How long after you stopped accutane did the side effects go away? i.e. chapped lips, etc?
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I've posted my experience a few times on this forum, I think, but I'll post again here.

I took it for about 8 months, on 20mg a day for the first 2 months and then 40mg for the remaining 6 months. This treatment was a last resort for me as several topical creams tried over a 3 year period were not effective. Within the 3 months, my skin was totally clear.

Side effects I experienced:
- Dry eyes
- Dry nose
- Dry lips
- Dry skin on my face, occasionally peeling.

I STILL have dry eyes and dry nose all the time. I cannot say for certain whether this is related to the medication or not. Overall, the treatment is worth it in my opinion.
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I'm sure this has worked for many people, but dryness in my face, etc. I do not think I can stand.


I don't know...choice between dry skin or minimal acne?? I think I would choose the acne....
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How long after you stopped accutane did the side effects go away? i.e. chapped lips, etc?
I think it takes about a month for the residual drug to be out of your body - thats about how long it took for me anyway, although i was on a fairly low dose so i think my side effects were less severe than some. My skin is dryer now than before i took the accutane, however it was oily before so it is probably closer to "normal" now.

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I'm sure this has worked for many people, but dryness in my face, etc. I do not think I can stand.


I don't know...choice between dry skin or minimal acne?? I think I would choose the acne....
Then for sure don't take it. I absolutely think its a last resort and I didnt take it til i was 27 and decided that I really should have grown out of acne by now.
...for me after 10 years of low self esteem and refusing to go anywhere without makeup (including doing sports which is ridiculous) the 7-8 months of dry skin (and being super paranoid about getting pregnant!) was the best option.
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hmmm i can totally sympathize with u on the whole pros and cons of this med. this is my third session on it!! i was told i wasnt on it long enough the first 2 times. great. i have very stubborn acne, had it since the 5th grade. i stand behind the med 100%. it was amazing. ya the first couple months suck big time. acne gets worse and ur skin drys out horribly, i had to have a tub of vaseline enxt to me at all times. im currently on it now and its been a whole new experience. my symptoms are most def worse this time around. so ive had to decrease my intake to a couple times a week as opposed to a couple times a day. its just waay too strong. but again, well worth it.

but really i cant imagine having mood changes only after taking a couple pills. and in all honesty u need support from the bf. if hes not happy about u taking the med, then how are u supposed to be happy while taking it?! idk, just my opinion. a persons disapproval comes over in their actions and words whether they are fully aware of this or not. tell him to ease up. yes u may have mood changes later on. i did. i started taking antidepressants a little while later. which i have been on up until the beginning of this year. (of note, mental illness runs in my family...not everyone who takes it will develop depression, etc..)

trust me, this med does miracles. i swear by it. it helped me come out of my shell. hiding behind acne sucks.

also, yes its for severe acne, but like mentioned above, its also for resistant acne. ive been on everything...creams,antibiotics..crap, u name it! :]..lol..so have faith that u are on this for a reason...and sit back, relax and enjoy the thoughts of how beautiful ur skin is gonna be!
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I was on it 13 or 14 years ago. My mom got me all these heavy duty lotions before I started taking it and I barely used them at all. I had very minimal side effects. I would give it more time. I've had worse arguements over dumber things for sure, lol.

Why is he not supportive of this anyways? It's really none of his business.
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