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Old 07-18-2003, 05:11 PM   #1
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I have recently read that taking high doses of vitamin A (300,000 IU a day) would produce very similar results to accutane. I get my information from aocd.org, a reliable dermatology website. I am currently trying this with good results so far. Has anyone else tried this? (I understand the risks)

 
Old 07-18-2003, 05:44 PM   #2
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Why not just go on accutane? Accutane is a controlled derivative of vitamin A with much less side effects and w/ added potency against acne (anti inflammatory properties, namely).

 
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Old 07-18-2003, 06:37 PM   #3
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Just an FYI but really, you don't want to consume more than 10,000IUs of Vitamin A a day. Vitamin A poisoning is deadly and more common than people really know...

Better stick to accutane so that at least your blood is being checked by a doctor and if anything goes awry you can discuss it with a professional.

 
Old 07-18-2003, 07:59 PM   #4
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don't take the vitamin a. accutane is healthier, more controlled. megadosing vitamin a can cause worse side effects than accutane.

 
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My derm was dropped by my insurance company. I would have to pay the accutane in full. This my only option

 
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Accutane is a dangerous form of Vit A. Neither are "HEALTHY". High doses of anything is dangerous.

 
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I am currently unemployed and I get Accutane for free from Roche. Ask your dermatologist if this is something possible in your case (considering you're employed).

Goodluck.

 
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But, would this method work?? Disregard the toxic effects of vitamin A, would taking high doses have the same effects as accutane? I am NOT going to do this, just wondering about it and it's similarities with accutane.

 
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according to some ceredible sources it does. I have been doing this for almost a month and I will give you my update at the one month mark.

 
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How much have you been taking a day?

 
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300,000IU a day

 
Old 07-28-2003, 12:57 PM   #12
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"Excessive intake of vitamin A may cause acute or chronic toxicity. "


"Chronic toxicity in older children and adults usually develops after doses of > 33,000 g (100,000 IU)/day have been taken for months. In infants who are given 6,000 to 20,000 g (20,000 to 60,000 IU)/day of water-miscible vitamin A, evidence of toxicity may develop within a few weeks. Birth defects have been reported in the children of women receiving 13-cis-retinoic acid (isotretinoin) for skin conditions during pregnancy (see Drugs in Pregnancy in Ch. 249).

Massive doses (50,000 to 120,000 g or 150,000 to 350,000 IU) of vitamin A or its metabolites are given daily to persons with globular acne. Although the treatment is effective, it puts the patient at risk for vitamin A toxicity.

Although carotene is metabolized in the body to vitamin A at a slow rate, excessive ingestion of carotene does not cause vitamin A toxicity but produces carotenemia (carotene blood levels > 250 g/dL [> 4.65 mol/L]). This condition is usually asymptomatic but may lead to carotenosis, in which the skin (but not the sclera) becomes deep yellow, especially on the palms and soles. Carotenosis may also occur in diabetes mellitus, myxedema, and anorexia nervosa, possibly from a further reduction in the rate of conversion of carotene to vitamin A."


"Researchers are now examining a potential new risk factor for osteoporosis: an excess intake of vitamin A.

"Animal, human, and laboratory research suggest an association between greater vitamin A intake and weaker bones (33, 34). "

"What is the health risk of too much vitamin A?
Hypervitaminosis A refers to high storage levels of vitamin A in the body that can lead to toxic symptoms. There are three major adverse effects of hypervitaminosis A:

birth defects,
liver abnormalities,
reduced bone mineral density that may result in osteoporosis (1)
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"Tolerable intake, adult, 3000 ug or 10,000 IU "

Conclusion,

Following a do it yourself vitamin A megadose regime you may want to research a do it yourself liver transplat regime.

 
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Taking accutane is basically very similar. How often do people have serious liver problems after taking accutane..not often. There will be more people on this board reporting bad experiences with accutane because they are the very few who weren`t cleared with accutane, so they come here looking for something else to clear them and they bring their bad experiences on accutane with them

 
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What if I took 100,000 I.U.? Do you think that would be enough to get results?

 
Old 07-28-2003, 02:56 PM   #15
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well first off are you male or female?

 
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