okay. this is the situation for those of you who dont already know it - i was on accutane for 8 weeks, had to stop taking it because my lips were absolutely disgusting - blistered, bubbly, white, thick, and chunky looking, and very sore. i saw my regular doctor cos i couldnt get into my derm till today. everyone said, stop taking the accutane, thats whats doing this. soooo, i stopped taking it for a week, it cleared up somewhat, started taking it again at a lower dose, and i started getting all those awful water blisters again. so i go to a different dr and con them into giving me spiro, saying ive been on it for a while for hirtuism (sp?) and i get that. now i have been on the spiro for about a week at 100mg a day. so, today i see the derm, he thinks its kinda funny that i got so crazy about the accutane ruining my lips, because 99% of people on accutane have dry lips. i say 'ummm, no, my lips werent dry. they were chunking off my face and they felt like they were on fire' he sorta thinks its funny, so tells me i should start retaking the accutane in 3 weeks at a low dose, and he will keep me on it for a longer period of time and that will be fine and dandy. i ask about spiro and androcur. he says spiro is good, but can cause irregular menstrual probs, but if you stick with it, that should go away. he also says androcur is great cos its like diane 35, which worked so well for me, bar the severe depression i got from it, but that you cant take androcur without the pill cos it will seriously screw up your cycle, and you can have continuous bleeding all month. i say 'so? is that a health issue, or just an annoyance factor? couldnt i take the androcur without the pill and just suffer the annoyance? i want clear skin, i will do most anything to have it' hahahaha. yup, sure. he thinks im silly cos most women would go nuts over that side effect. then i say, 'so does the spiro work or what?' and he says 'yes it does, but its not a cure cos you have to keep taking it to see results' im like, i sooooooooo dont care, as long as im clear. anyway, the outcome was - he wants me back on accutane long term. i am scared ****less because that stuff really scarewed my up emotionally with what it did to my lips. really bad. im terrified to take it, even though i loved seeing the great effects i was having in terms of pore shrinkage and blackheads finally lifting away.
soooooooooo, can someone help me? im not sure what to do. i guess i have 3 weeks to decide anyhow, cos i cant start taking it till then cos my lips are still too inflamed. do i risk stopping accutane all together, when i may need to then redo the whole course over, or do i stick with the spiro and give it a good chance?
To be completely honest I'm probably not going to be much help here but here is my two cents...
I've never been on Accutane so I'm not too familiar with the product. But from what I hear it is a serious drug. Your adverse reaction to it does not sound normal. It sounds like you were in pain and it must have been a little weird to see your lips 'chunking off.' The fact that your doctor was sorta laughing at you makes me think that you need to find yourself a new doctor. He doesn't seen to be hearing you when you tell him about your reaction to the accutane.
Again, I'm not familiar with the other two drugs that you mentioned so I have no idea which is the better product for you. I suppose if you feel comfortable trying the accutane again then go for it, but in a much smaller dose. If the pain returns and it is unbearable then stop immediately. On the other hand, if you are NOT comfortable with trying the drug again then don't. Don't let your dr talk you into something that you do not really want to do.
I'd talk to your doctor again about what you have just posted here. Good luck.
I am very familiar with accutane and when they say common side effects. Dry lips, nose, skin ect, they are to the EXTREMITIES! The drier you are, the better your body responded to the medication. Im in so much pain right now I barely open my mouth when I talk.
My advice is to NOT go back on the accutane. You should give the spiro a chance. Even though I have never taken either one I have read a lot about the horrible side effects of accutane which is why I will never take it even though my dermatologists over the years have wanted me to. It is obvious you had a severe reaction that is not normal. There are even worse side effects you could have if you go back on it. From what I have read the possible side effects of spiro are not as bad as accutane and a lot of people have said the spiro cleared up their acne but it took a few months.
my two cents is if you cannot tolerate the accutane, you should do your best not to take it. Also, it sounds like you're consuming a lot of things and going to a lot of extremes, and that in itself might stress your body to the point of having negative effects on your skin. It sounds like you and your dr. need to discuss your options and start w/one thing at a time.
and...don't let your doctor bully you into doing things, and don't let him laugh at you... you have a say in the matter, and you're an equal part of the team that's dealing with your skin. You should discuss w/him all the things you said in this post, or even print it out and let him read it.