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Old 01-13-2005, 09:52 AM   #1
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Question accutane, What's Involved?

I am seeing a derm in early feb. My doc says he will prob prescribe me accutane. I was wondering if you just go in and get a prescription, or if you have to tests first and wait days for results b4 you begin? Can anyone help me here?? I really just want to walk out of there with my prescription. Is this possible?

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Old 01-13-2005, 11:52 AM   #2
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Re: accutane, What's Involved?

I just wanna know if you had to take any test be starting. If so did you have to wait long?

 
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Old 01-13-2005, 12:21 PM   #3
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Re: accutane, What's Involved?

You won't walk out with a prescription the same day, because you will most likely need to get bloodwork done first. That usually take a day or two at most to get the results and get the go ahead. I would guess from the time you see the derm until you can start would be around 3-4 days. I know it sucks waiting but it will go fast. I'm just starting as well (started Jan 11th) check out my post "Ian's Accutane Journal" and feel free to share your experience or ask more questions.

 
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Re: accutane, What's Involved?

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Originally Posted by MommyPox
I just wanna know if you had to take any test be starting. If so did you have to wait long?
You need to have a blood test to check your cholesterol because the accutane raises it. If your cholesterol is currently high they will give you a few weeks to try and lower it. Also, females must have 1 or 2 (depending on the doctor) negative pregnancy tests before beginning and I think another one a couple weeks into treatment.
Hope that helped.

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Old 01-13-2005, 12:27 PM   #5
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Re: accutane, What's Involved?

Thanx so much. I don't think I will need to worry bout the preg test any way. But the blood work thing kinda sux cecause I am so imaptient. The way I see it, every day matters. And I already have to wait till feb for my first app.

Oh well, I guess I have no choice but to wait.....lol

 
Old 01-13-2005, 12:43 PM   #6
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Re: accutane, What's Involved?

My derm prescribed it the same day. They did take bloodwork though that same day and did a pregnancy test that same day. I also had to go back once a month to have blood drawn to check my cholesterol and to make sure I wasn't pregnant. I guess all derms are different. I think the reason mine gave it to me the same day was b/c she knew I had been on it a couple times before (prescribed by a different doctor, though), and I knew the whole "routine" when it came to Accutane (bloodwork, preg tests). That's what I'm assuming, but anyway, I got my prescription the same day. I didn't have to wait.

 
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