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Old 04-11-2005, 11:43 AM   #1
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Question Question about dermatologists

I've been seeing the same dermatologist for 8 years now. Over those 8 years, he has a prescribed countless amounts of medication. But most notably, 5 courses of Accutane. He has no problem giving me that prescription...which I guess is why I have stayed with him for all these years. Accutane has never given me any long-term success. Each time I take it, the success rate is decreasing.

I am considering switching dermatologists. But is there really a point? Don't all dermatologists have access to prescribe the same medications? To this day, I still have acne. My acne is definetly heriditary...so maybe it's not my derm's fault. My acne may just not be controllable by today's medicine, so switching derms may just be a waste of time. Any advice?

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Old 04-11-2005, 06:08 PM   #2
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Re: Question about dermatologists

andrew- switch! if you're not getting a satisfactory result go see someone else. they do have access to the same stuff, potentially, but they don't all have the same brain. maybe a new derm could think of something yer current derm hasn't tried yet. anyway, it could't possibly hurt, could it? and it just might work. if the guy mowing yer lawn kept missing a spot, or did the edges sloppy you'd can him, well, if this dude can't fix your beautiful mug, find someone who can. obviously your derm has run out of ideas if he's given you accutane so many times. give it a try, and good luck to you! ali

 
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Old 04-11-2005, 10:15 PM   #3
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andrew- switch! if you're not getting a satisfactory result go see someone else. they do have access to the same stuff, potentially, but they don't all have the same brain. maybe a new derm could think of something yer current derm hasn't tried yet. anyway, it could't possibly hurt, could it? and it just might work. if the guy mowing yer lawn kept missing a spot, or did the edges sloppy you'd can him, well, if this dude can't fix your beautiful mug, find someone who can. obviously your derm has run out of ideas if he's given you accutane so many times. give it a try, and good luck to you! ali
The main reason I stay with this derm is because of his willingness to prescribe Accutane. Accutane usually gives me short-term results; those months I'm on Accutane are the only times in my life that my acne is under control. My fear with a new derm is that he/she may not be as willing to give me Accutane. Also, I don't want to have to start all over again (ie. new derm will prescribe me useless medications I have already used in the past that give no results. I can already picture them saying "You might as well try it again this time, it might work".)

 
Old 04-12-2005, 06:44 AM   #4
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Re: Question about dermatologists

Have you ever tried very low dose long-term accutane?? Should be no more than 5mg - 10mg a day.

 
Old 04-12-2005, 10:50 AM   #5
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Have you ever tried very low dose long-term accutane?? Should be no more than 5mg - 10mg a day.
Yes, two courses.

 
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