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Past Expeirence:
I had gruesome back acne and was prescribed accutane as a last resort...
It worked brilliantly (although I have remnant keloid scars, due to shoddy genetics), but I had to stop before I finished my course completely as my neutrophil count went too low (certain type of white blood cells) and I kept getting sick and missing school

The side effects:

The driest lips you can imagine. No amount of vaseline/lip balm worked. They were constantly dry and always peeling. Often in frustration, I would attempt to pick off the pieces of dead skin and make myself bleed. This was by far the worst side effect. Really horrible.

As I mentioned above, my neutrophil count dropped very low. I kept missing school and teachers started to think I was playing truant. This resolved itself very quickly after I stopped

Very sensitive to the sun. I live in England and went to Florida for my summer holidays. I need SPF 50 applied frequently or I burnt..so badly.

I'm not going to advise you to take or not to take the meds, I just wanted to tell you my past experience with them, to help you make an informed decision
Old 04-19-2009, 03:11 PM r3ctumz is offline  
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It worked wonders for me when I took it over 5 years ago. Never felt any suicidal thoughts etc.

Worst part was the dryness and the occasional nose bleed.
Old 04-19-2009, 10:33 PM ERL857 is offline  
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That stuff changed my life. Had horrible acne all over my body before my regimen. It had gotten to the point where i couldnt wear anything of a light color, because by the end of the day I'd have bloody marks from my shoulders.

Took accutane for 6 months. It was really rough. For 5 of those months, I had the worse acne of my life. Huge red welts, horribly painful. My lips exploded, nothing I could do to help it, the skin seemed to fall off. Every time i went into the sun, even for 15 minutes, I get horrible burns. I also was much more "somber" than I ever had been, and had really strong mood swings (though this may have been from the frustration of it not working).

After 5 months, over the course of a week, the acne disappeared. Just gone. Haven't seen it since although shaving still give me a couple pimples on occasion.

Talk with your doctor, but I took amoxocillin and it did nothing. I would definitely recommend it.
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That stuff changed my life. Had horrible acne all over my body before my regimen. It had gotten to the point where i couldnt wear anything of a light color, because by the end of the day I'd have bloody marks from my shoulders.

Took accutane for 6 months. It was really rough. For 5 of those months, I had the worse acne of my life. Huge red welts, horribly painful. My lips exploded, nothing I could do to help it, the skin seemed to fall off. Every time i went into the sun, even for 15 minutes, I get horrible burns. I also was much more "somber" than I ever had been, and had really strong mood swings (though this may have been from the frustration of it not working).

After 5 months, over the course of a week, the acne disappeared. Just gone. Haven't seen it since although shaving still give me a couple pimples on occasion.

Talk with your doctor, but I took amoxocillin and it did nothing. I would definitely recommend it.

iirc they said it does something like push everything out first.
Old 04-20-2009, 03:44 PM ERL857 is offline  
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On my 2nd cycle, taking my last pill tomorrow.

Stuff works wonders, I think I will be 98% acne free for the rest of my life.

The dry side effects do suck, but they are manageable (I pretty much eat chap stick)
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Hey man I did Accutane for 8months, at times I had lows but I wasn't depressed, it did wonders for my skin, sure for a long time my skin almost everywhere was very dry but ultimately it was worth it.

I think those who are already probably quite down, or emotionally are easily affected by things are more inclined to get depressed.

It was definitely a concern for me at first too
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If I have any regrets about Accutane, it would be that I didn't take it sooner.

When I first started going to my dermatologist, I figured I would just try different antibiotics instead of going with the tougher stuff. Well, four different antibiotics later, none of them worked. It was a complete waste of time, in my opinion.


While it obviously makes more sense to ask your doctor about any health concerns, the only thing I noticed was slight hypertension. They make it sound like you'll be trying to jump in front of cars 24/7, but that's just not true at all.

Agreed. I had pretty terrible acne a few years back (started in HS and lasted well into college), and I only wanted to hear about the side effects. Like Gin, I took a bunch of antibiotics hoping that it would clear up. Chances are if you have severe acne (ex. nodular), dont even bother with anything else but accutane. I waited for far too long, and now my face is scarred up from it all. The fat that I didn't take it earlier hasn't effected my life in a negative way (still social, dated, have a pretty GF), but it definitely didn't help.

I used to be succeptable to depression myself, but most of that stemmed from my low self esteem. But if you ask me, there is probably a huge correlation with depression and acne, due to self esteem. If anything, Accutane will help with depression as you will see dramatic results within a matter of weeks, even.

I suggest you just take the plunge and take accutane.
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Old 05-08-2009, 09:08 AM WaLieN is offline  
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I did two rounds of accutane, the first one when I was 16 the second one when I was 17. I never had any suicidal thoughts, other than being a whiny depressed teenager. I do not believe it was in any way related to my treatment, more just growing up.

The dry side effects and the nose bleeds do suck, but it's manageable. I'm 25 now and I never get pimples, well I guess more accurately when I do, they're gone within a day or two.

My acne was all over my face and chest, and my dermatologist tried just about every course of treatment and nothing was working, as a last resort he put me on accutane, when it came back after the first round he immediately went for a second round and that finally took care of it. I was also very fortunate to make it out without any type of scaring, which I'm very pleased with. I agree with the sentiment that my only regret is not being prescribed it earlier.
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Old 05-08-2009, 09:15 AM bubu is offline  
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Accutane can work wonders, it virtually cured my brothers severe acne.

It can have some side effects on the liver and on triglyceride levels in the blood. If you are otherwise young and healthy it shouldnt be an issue, but they will monitor you with regular blood tests.

The depression/suicide risk is totally bogus. My dermatologist said that it was the result of a VERY wealthy and influential family having one of their sons commit suicide. He had just started taking accutane and they needed someone to blame so they chose the pharmaceutical company.
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I used accutane when i was in highschool, i had severe acne and now im 26 with none. it worked wonders, i had tried retin-a and everything else possible, i wash my face every day in the shower, i didnt understand why i had it, now i dont and im normal again.

go for it imo. only side effects was i was addicted to chapstick for 3 years as your lips get dry as fawk.
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I used accutane for 3 months in high school to combat severe facial acne. It worked quickly and effectively and I experienced dry skin and was prone to nose bleeds when I rubbed my nose hard from an itch. Nothing unbearable.

A long term effect that has stuck around however, is increased liver enzymes. I was actually unable to get insurance from Farmers because when my lab test came back the enzymes were so high they were afraid to insure me because they thought my liver was destroyed. I've had increased enzymes for about 10 years now, and aside from having to explain the elevation when ever I switch doctors, nothing noticeable has changed in my health.

Even considering the liver issue, I wouldn't have changed my decision to use Accutane.
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OK, so I just finished my first week of Accutane. So far it seems quite hopeful. Most of the acne welts have flattened out already and look like they just need time to heal. Unfortunately, my skin is REALLY dry, especially my scalp. I picked up some Selsun Blue which seems to work not too badly. My lips aren't too bad, but I definitely need to get something for the inside of my nose. Blood has been dripping into my throat for hours at a time now, and this morning blood just pouring non-stop from my nose. Any recommendations?

I definitely had some pretty severe mood swings too, but I think if I can just stick in there things will be alright.
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Just a FYI:

There's evidence that Accutane works just as well at a very low dose (like 5-10mg/day) as it does at the higher, weight recommended dose your dermatologist will prescribe. So similar efficacy and less side effects. Apparently you don't need to turn your face into the Sahara desert for it to work.

I took a short course of it back when i was about 16.......I only had moderate acne, but it definitely cleared it up. I also had a very oily nose, which it reduced drastically.

I'm 22 now and don't get pimples really - but I don't know if that is from getting older or the drug.

But seriously, Accutane isn't something to be taken lightly. I feel weird about having taken it, and wish I had known that the low dose was just as effective.
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Old 06-06-2009, 02:22 PM toga is offline  
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Took Accutane and it cleared up my skin in about 4 months.

I really wish I did it sooner.
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