I posted yesterday under "starting accutane - second thoughts" and just wanted to let you know my decision. My husband and I spent hours last night searching for information on the internet. I know that a lot of the stuff out there on accutane is controversial but I'm worried.
If I understand correctly not even Roche ( the maker of accutane ) can explain exactly how or rather why accutane works the way it does. Ok we now that it stops oil production etc but how does that happen? The fact that vitamin A is stored in fat and is toxic in high doses scares me. Somewhere ,last night, I read that accutane has been linked to birth defects even long after treatment ended and that has been one of my worst fears because I do want to try for another child in about a year or so. I know Roche says that the drug clears your system in about 2 weeks so conceiving a month after treatment is safe. But considering vitamin A is stored in fat ( and accutane is basically syntethic vit A, right ? ) could it not be very possible that it could cause birth defects and other problems even much later after treatment.
The recent study on accutane's effect on the brain also scares me. That the brain may be ( or is ) affected ( temporarily or permanently ) makes sence to me considering the amount of fat in the brain. The study also warrants warnings of depression and suicide. I have a hard time believing that the warnings of depression is complete nonsense so this is a big step in finding the link.
I could continue my arguements on accutane
I'm not saying that accutane should be banned or anything like that. I understand that it's a powerful drug and that it often have great effects for people. I just feel that it is not right for me at this time. I'm gonna try diet changes and other things I haven't tried yet. If I still have acne after I'm done having kids and I feel that it is my last resort I may try it.
I wish all you accutane users here the best!