Re: 19 yr. old daughter starting Accutane
I am so torn on the subject. I have read lots of negative stories about Accutane. Mostly IBS, IBD and Crones. But she can't live like this. She has cyst's that will just explode with no notice what so ever. I can't imagine having to live like that. She is an extremely beautiful and vivacious young girl embarking on the beginning of her adult life. I am amazed at how well she has handled it. It’s painful, embarrassing and does not help with self-esteem. I could not have handled it nearly as well as she has. Unfortunately Accutane is somewhat of a "miracle drug" in these cases. I have seen what it has done. As I mentioned before, her father also has cystic acne and has since he was her age. He is 49 and just started his 3rd round of treatments (since he was around 18 or so). So this is something she will more than likely have for the rest of her life. She has not 100% made her decision, but whatever it is; I will support her and continue to educate myself on this condition.