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Old 03-09-2003, 10:58 PM   #1
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Hey I just started accutane at 40 mg...80 mg on m/w/f...anyways, i have a buncha questions that id be grrateful if they were answered..

what are the more common side effeects and when do i start noticing them if im going to get them? im sorta worried about the vision and headache thing.

I have a multivitamin that has 100% vitamin A.. should i not be taking that?

Also, if i were to drink a lot on one night...i dont drink much but sometimes i like to drink a lot...does alcohol have any relevance to taking accutane?

and lastly, i use neutrogena's deep clean cleanser which has minimal salylic that a problem?


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Old 03-10-2003, 07:36 AM   #2
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the most common side effects that you WILL notice are dry skin and dry lips. Vision change is a possible side effect.

I would say not to take the multi-vitamin... but maybe someone else can comment on that.

im also on accutane, and I still drink... im not sure if its affecting treatment, but i still drink once or twice a week.

yes, that cleanser will be a problem. When i first started accutane i wanted my face to dry faster, so i used stridex foaming cleanser, but after like a week or so on accutane that cleanser started to burn when i used it.. you will need a gentle cleanser like cetaphil or purpose.

Old 03-10-2003, 10:34 AM   #3
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I've been told by different dermatologists and doctors to NOT drink alcohol at all. I drink occasionally but its not worth affecting the treatment to me. (I didnt go on it... but I might in the next few months if im not happy where im at).

Good luck!

Old 03-10-2003, 11:47 AM   #4
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Hello 19W/Acnee (what a nickname! ! I finished my accutane cure in september 2002. Face's been very good. Nowadays I get a pimple or two every now and then, which is totally ok. My acne was very permanent and nothing seemed to help. Then my derm finally got me on accutane - luckily.

Most common side-effects. Well this is what I suffered from:

1. Extremely dry and chapped lips (my lips literally peeled off). You can handle this with good old fashioned vaseline or lip-balms, give a try to different kind of marks so you can see what works best for you. Personally i used Bebanthen (includes dexpanthenol, preform of vitamin B5, product of ROCHE, recommend), vaseline, lip-balms etc.

2. Red skin. This isn't the most common side-effect, but for me it was a problem. My face was really red. Nothing could help. All I could do was wait until the cure was over. As far as I'm concerned, you will propably be suffering from this, if you are really pale. Use good fatty moisturizers. It might sound foolish, because fatty creams can cause acne, but believe me if your skin gets as dry as mine got, you can't do anything else. Moisturizing is the number one thing, if you want to prevent this side-effect.

3. My eyes got really dry. It's because of overall drying of mucosa (the way Accutane helps actually) It was very annoying. You know, when I went outside wind dried my eyes even worse. If you happen to suffer from this, use moisturizing eye- drops or gels. But don't be afraid this is quite a rare side-effect.

When it comes to alcohol, well, I used alcohol ocassionally with no harm. Nevertheless I can't recommend it. Roche labs forbids alcohol during the Accutane cure. Your liver gets really hard when pulling Accutane (retins) in pieces. And really hard drinking sessions aren't good. If you really need to drink, drink a little bit!

It's absolutely prohibited to take any vitamin supplements or anything containing extra A-vitamin. This can lead to A-vitamin hypervitaminosis (Don't know if that's correct, my vocabulary in English isn't that good). Anyway don't take that multi-vitamin.

That cleancer. Well you can try to use it, but it can lead to dermatit (a skin inflammation). When 2 months of that cure is elapsed your skin will be so fragile, that you can't (propably) use anything such harsh as salisylic acid. Accutane will take care of your acne.

And anything else I wanted to say? Well NOTHING comes fast with acne. Accutane will help, but it might take 4 months, maybe more, it's very individual. Be patient. Side-effects? They are different with everyone and you can't stop them coming, but you can ease them. Accutane is worth all the little pain it causes. It really helps. Good luck and all the best - everyone of you.

You can search for extra information of my experiences by using the search-engine of this site. Try searching by my nickname from the "acne"-section.

[This message has been edited by Rubberduck111 (edited 03-11-2003).]

Old 03-11-2003, 04:48 AM   #5
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I had most of the side effects that other people have mentioned, but I also had really bad bloody noses. My doctor suggested using a saline nose spray, but I still had them almost every day. My brother and sister also had the same problem. But even though taking accutane sucks, it was the best thing for me in the long run!

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