Accutane

  • Trepeat

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    Dec 30, 2011 9:17 AM GMT
    So, for the better part of a decade now I've been plagued with pretty severe acne. It fluctuates in its severity, but has been consistently reappearing for years now. It's only gotten more severe in the past couple years, and it's gotten to the point where I'm getting really frustrated with it. Been to a couple of dermatologists, and thave tried pretty much every procedure in the book, to no avail.

    Every procedure but Accutane, that is.

    I've been pretty resistant to trying it despite having it been recommended to me on several ocassions, mainly due to some of the side effects that I've heard it can cause (permanent ED and hair loss? Psyschosis? Spontaneous suicide? No, thank you). However, recently, I've given up hope that anything else will ever help clear up my skin, and I'm beginning to give the drug serious consideration, in spite of the horror stories I've heard.

    Anyone here on RJ ever been perscribed it, or know someone who has? What was your experience with it?
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    Dec 30, 2011 12:14 PM GMT
    i did.. few 4 years ago.. lol i can say is not as dangerous as you think my friend. The internet is not a doctor, doctors and studies show that accutane(Roaccutane) is safe and effective. You may not die of cancer, hair loss, depression, or anything because the pill doesnt not cause any desease it just cure the acne because it atacks the 4 main causes of it

    Dont be scared, it will not affect ur life at all. all you will need is just some cream and sunblock for dryness. i can say the drug works, but it will be a few years cure because it will come back if you dont protect yourself after a while.

    after 1 complete course of accutane u will be perfect, some people need two. I did it once and i am happy i am 23 and never felt bad about taking it its a fantastic medicine all you need is to trust in your dermatologist and keep in mind that it will cure you. read as my posts as you want but you are losing time because of "e-fears" who sometimes are not real...

    pd. ask your doctor for the highest-effective dose for your problem. Some doctors say as high is the dose / ur weigth = more effective in long therm
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    Dec 30, 2011 12:23 PM GMT
    I took it the summer between HS and college, and it did the job.

    It made my lips severely dry though and at night my back would be fairly sore when I laid down...those were the side effects I had.
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    Dec 30, 2011 1:31 PM GMT
    If you take it just make sure that the people around you know that you are on it. Let a close friend of yours know (someone you see frequently) as well as your parents, about the risks (although they are small). They can help monitor you and make sure you're okay... if they notice erratic behavior they can make sure you're safe and get you off the shit.

    I know two people who were on it. One who really had a lot of psychological side effects such that he had to go off of it. The other was a girl and nothing seemed to happen, it worked out fine.

    I presume you've tried systems like proactiv? A lot of people I know have found that it really helps if you stick to it.
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    Dec 30, 2011 2:59 PM GMT
    Are there not lawsuits in the states over accutane now?

    I went on it for 4 different cycles. It works like a fucking charm! Except my acne would eventually come back every time. Last February it got so bad on my body (not really my face) but my chest, stomach, neck and back and arms... The scars are going away but slowly.

    Accutane dries out your acne, as well as our spinal/synovial fluid. This shit is so hard on your liver, which might be the problem in the first place.
    Most people's livers are congested/fatty. Diet plays a huge role in this. When the blood is impure eruptions on the surface appear.

    Try drinking hot lemon water every morning and using a liver compound formula (that contains milk thistle, usually Oregon grape, dandelion, other herbs). A great book is The Beauty Detox Solution by Kimberly Snyder (girly title I know, it's basically the China Study repackaged and remarketed to women) but its very eye opening to common north American diet problems.

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  • buymeasoda

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    Dec 30, 2011 3:03 PM GMT
    hey did one treatment of accutane.. It made me a grumpy asshole, I also experianced hallunications. My face was beat read for the whole experiance and was flaking off in chunks. It worked.. but was a rough ride while i was taking it just make the people you love aware of what your doing ...
    good luck
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    Dec 30, 2011 3:04 PM GMT
    I know of three people who took Accutane. I will say they each feel they had side effects from taking it. They each recommended that people warn anyone before taking it.

    The first two had psychological side effects (and they also quit taking it) and the last feels it contributed to biological side effects such as pain in the body and digestive issues.

    I don't think any of the claims have been scientifically proven (I only seen a couple studies that due trails), but there has been cases where people taking Accutane experience similar side effects.

    Above all: Correlation is not Causation (but a class action lawsuit against a drug company should just influence you to do your research.

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    Dec 30, 2011 3:08 PM GMT
    Ive taken accutane.. it works. Although it can be really expensive. I think it's worth it. yes there is a risk of having depression as a side effect but the percentage is not that high for most people.

    I suggest that if you are ready go ahead and do it. It'll save you time and money in the long run.
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    Dec 30, 2011 3:09 PM GMT
    Took it many years ago. Side effects: worst acne of my life when I was on it (I mean seriously bad!), nosebleeds all the time, lips so dry that they cracked and bled. It was a 2 month course, and the doctor assured me it was working.

    I went off the drug. Two weeks later my skin cleared, and the pimples never came back. The stuff worked for me, but I kid you not, it was not an easy treatment because I broke out like never before when I was on it.

    No other side effects and nothing permanent, except clear skin.
  • Teacherguy

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    Dec 30, 2011 3:31 PM GMT
    Same story as many of the fellas. Took it btw high school and university. Was horrible when I was on it. The dry lips was awful and my skin peeled in chunks. At the end my acne was gone and people even compliment me on my skin. So although it was rough for me I felt it was worth it.
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    Dec 30, 2011 3:32 PM GMT
    just take accutane if u want a solution.. it will not kill you just be carefull with stress and creams for dryness everything is gonna be OK : )
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    Dec 30, 2011 3:40 PM GMT
    Took it back in college. Within a couple months my acne was completely gone, from what I remember. It's the only thing that worked on my cystic acne. If I hadn't taken it I'd probably be a crater face today. The only side effect I had was dryness, which made my nose bleed sometimes. But it wasn't a big deal.

    My dermatologist told me all that suicide stuff is nonsense. He helped develop the drug. I certainly didn't feel depressed or anything. It could just be the demographic the drug is aimed at is slightly more likely to have those issues.

    Once you run through a course of it, you're done and you usually don't have to take it again. It actually shrinks your oil glands permanently.
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    Dec 30, 2011 6:56 PM GMT
    i was on it when i was in my teens, from what i remember the only side effect i had was that my skin became extremely dry. i did become slightly depressed, but that happened rarely
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    Dec 30, 2011 7:18 PM GMT
    I was on it twice and the acne eventually came back both times. The first time in my teens was okay but I had extreme dryness, nosebleeds, etc. The second time in university, it wasn't that extreme, but I had the mood swings that my roommate noticed. Years later I have chronic dryness in eyes, nose, mouth, you name it... and still have a few spots on my face at any given time.

    It is true that there are tons of lawsuits about Accutane. The problem is that it's impossible to link side effects years down the line to the drug itself. It hasn't been studied for its life-course effects. Doctors can't say anything about it except for what is written on the manufacturer's label... to do so would be a liability, but it's the same with all medications.

    You say you've tried everything, but have you really tried cleaning up your diet?
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    Dec 30, 2011 7:22 PM GMT
    I was prescribed it in high school and can tell you that it does work. You do need to keep yourself hydrated and stay out of direct sunlight. I was happy with the results.
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    Dec 30, 2011 7:31 PM GMT
    I would highly recommend trying every non-prescriptive treatment first, and use accutane only as a final/last resort. We are so overly medicated as a society.

    I had really bad adult acne that started when I was in my late 20s. I used Proactiv for years and it worked perfectly. But the benzoyl peroxide bleached my towels, sheets, and some clothes, so I kept trying to find a product that was natural and effective.

    I've been using products from Lush for almost 2 years now: Coal Face, Greased Lightning, Tea Tree Water, and a separate moisturizer. I use the Coal Face 2x's daily in my morning and evening showers. I use the Tea Tree Water after my shower in the morning, then the Greased Lightning after my shower at night. Both times, I apply the moisturizer. I have gotten MANY compliments on my skin. But the products are all natural. It seriously is effective.

    Trust me, my adult acne was pretty bad and painful, but I finally found something that is natural and it works.
  • nanidesukedo

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    Dec 30, 2011 7:35 PM GMT
    I actually really like Accutane...It's only indicated in severe, sever nodular-cystic and pustular acne, but for those who have been resistant to other treatment and have scarring, painful, disfiguring acne - it's a wonder drug.

    First thing is, you are male - a lot of the risks go right there..

    Also, in order to be placed on accutane, lab tests have to be drawn at baseline and regularly throughout treatment. These monitoring systems are required and the company that makes accutane will actually not allow the medication to be prescribed unless this is done. While there are still untoward side-effects, mainly dryness of the skin, most severe side-effects are stopped before permanent damage occurs because of the monitoring.

    You should discuss this with your dermatologist and, if you and your dermatologist come to the decision that it's the right choice for you, it is safe and effective therapy (every medication has its risks, but accutane really isn't that bad as long as its monitored and you don't get pregnant, which shouldn't be a problem for ya).
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    Dec 30, 2011 8:03 PM GMT
    My 2 cents.

    I highly recommend it, even though this stuff made my lips dry, my skin dry, and my nose dry. Also, you can't drink alcohol, and you need regular blood tests to check for liver function. My skin was very sensitive during the 6 months I was prescribed to take it. (Accutane used to be prescribed for shorter periods, but the medicine was found to be less effective and the breakouts would come back). Again, your skin becomes sensitive. I even got sunburns easily. In the end I learned that I had been using skin-irritating soap, and that I should always use very very mild soap. I still use Purpose

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    I had to pay for the medicine without insurance, which was about $700 a month for 6 months. However, even with the few side effects and the price I felt that it was worth hit.
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    Dec 30, 2011 8:11 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidIf Accutane only produces temporarily relief why not ask your doctor for some sort of long term weak(er) antibiotic prescription? Perhaps something that will keep the bacteria at bay and clear up the skin?

    I know of dermatologist that do this (along with other treatments) and they have some of the most amazing skin I've seen. They make me jealous. icon_smile.gif

    If your acne comes back worse after cessation of Accutane it doesn't sound like it's worth the risks.


    MOst of the time, it doesn't come back...A lot of people are quite cleared up after it. Also, long term treatment with broad spectrum antibiotic coverage like bactrim, clarithro, or whatever else may be thrown at you does not come without its risks, either.
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    Dec 30, 2011 8:14 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidIf Accutane only produces temporarily relief why not ask your doctor for some sort of long term weak(er) antibiotic prescription? Perhaps something that will keep the bacteria at bay and clear up the skin?

    I know of dermatologist that do this (along with other treatments) and they have some of the most amazing skin I've seen. They make me jealous. icon_smile.gif

    If your acne comes back worse after cessation of Accutane it doesn't sound like it's worth the risks.


    Long term antibiotics didn't work for this guy. Back when I used it, accutane was a last resort. I assume today it's used when other treatments fail. Given that you do suffer when you take it, I'd say that you should try to exhaust other possibilities. I also remember the dermatologist asking me if I was developing breasts when on the drug. I remember thinking: what the fuck is this stuff I'm taking!

    But 2 weeks after my 2 month course, my skin cleared and I never looked back. Was grateful for the stuff!
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    Dec 30, 2011 8:39 PM GMT
    I can only offer you my experience and every person's body is different. That being said; I took Accutane (now marketed under a different name in the US due to lawsuits) when I was in High School. I had tried everything else and was desperate for help.

    While it worked for me fairly dramatically, there are several PERMANENT side affects that affected me that you should be prepared for. Shortly after I stopped taking it, my hair began to fall out (age 20). My dermatologist said it was male pattern baldness, but other doctors have said they suspect the Accutane because of my young age at the time. Accutane permanently changed my skin pigment. Before I took it, I had natural melanin and tanned fairly easily without burning. Afterwards, I was left with almost none and I do not tan anymore. There are others as well.

    You have to chose which are worse I guess. Send me an email if you would like more info about my experience with Accutane.

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    Dec 30, 2011 8:59 PM GMT
    I had a similar experience -- took it in high school, had dry lips and a nosebleed or two, but it really cleared things up permanently. My cousin and my aunt had pretty severe scarring cystic acne, and I had started down that road. Afterward, never had another episode.

    I'm complimented on my skin now, which isn't something I'd thought I'd ever hear when I was 16. One thing that I've done pretty consistently since high school is to use a facial scrub in the shower (like St. Ives apricot), and it works for me.

    Good luck!

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    Dec 30, 2011 9:05 PM GMT
    I've always had pretty bad acne, and I eat pretty well so I don't think that was the issue. I went on accutane awhile back and it worked wonders.
  • luadun

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    Dec 30, 2011 9:11 PM GMT
    I had acne for years and tried so many over the counter products to combat it. Nothing worked till I tried Accutane. I used it for almost two years and the results were great. For once I had clear, blemish-free skin. It gave me a new lease on life. I had minimal side effects like dry skin but I took care of that with regular moisturizing. I didn't have the other side effects like suicidal thoughts, depression etc. I was also older (30+) when I started using it so maybe that made a difference.

    After using Accutane, I went on Soritane which is a milder form of the former. I used that for about 2 years for maintenance and went off it a year ago.The acne hasn't returned since.

    Anyway, that's my $0.02!
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    Dec 30, 2011 9:53 PM GMT
    I would not recommend you take it.

    Yes it does work wonders, and while everyone has different reactions and side effects, think about what you're risking.

    Accutane has in the past few years been hit with some major law suits. Why? Basically because for 20 years the company has known and kept hushed all the terrible side effects. You're trading clearer skin for the possibility of; depression, suicidal tendencies, a variety of incurable bowel diseases, liver damage, etc.

    For the people in this thread that have taken accutane and have not shown these symptoms, realize that just because you have not suffered these conditions does not mean the dangers do not exist. Gladly prove me wrong and show me your PHD and extensive research into the matter. You think a judge would hand out multiple million dollar settlements with no proof?

    Your better options are to find natural remedies and remain consistent with them. Also realize that almost everyone suffers from acne and that media has propagandized having perfect skin into a multi billion dollar a year business. Pharmaceutical companies do not have your best interest in mind, only your $$$

    You are far better off learning to be confident in your own skin. I'd bet my bottom dollar that even if you decide to take accutane and your acne clears up, all the insecurities you had about your skin will manifest in other aspects of your life.

    As hard as it is these days, find people who see you for who you are, and not skin deep values. "The more you know who you are, and what you want, the less you let things upset you. "

    For the record, I took accutane when I was younger. I wish someone was there to tell me not to take it, which is why I'm telling this to you.