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Old 12-02-2009, 11:10 PM   #1
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Accutane - Chest / Heart pain - shortness of breath/high blood pressure

Hello everyone and thank you for viewing my topic. I'll preface this a little while trying to keep it as pertinent and brief as possible.

I'm 20 years old and have been on accutane twice now; first time 40mg, 2nd time 20mg with both times resulting in less than a months duration of taking the medication. The first time I took accutane I stopped three weeks into treatment due to chest pains, which they cleared a week later due to taking Ibuprofen 600mg/3times a day under the discretion of a doctor.

A month later I decided to give it another go since my acne came back full blast worse than before but this time at a lower dose (20mg). I began having the chest pains about 20days in and continued taking the medication for about 8-10 days afterwards to the point it became unbearable and my heart beat was completely out of whack. Unfortunately this time the pain wasn't relieved by ibuprofen so I went to the doctor again and of course my EKG / Chest X-Ray turn out fine a second time. My liver enzymes were extremely high I believe and apart from that my blood work was perfect.

A few months later I'm still having the same problems, begin having shortness of breath and I'm diagnosed with a slight case of asthma which is comical to me considering I was running around 15-20 miles a week prior. My blood pressure is unusually high for an active 20y/o white male as myself (150-160ish/80ish). I was prescribed a Qvar inhaler which I believe is making things worse (shortness of breath, coughing, heart palpitations) and my heart will randomly race during the day. I can't sleep on my left side because I can hear about 3-4 heart beats coming out at different directions at my side.

I've done plenty of research and I'm unable to find any cases similar to mine which is frustrating. Please understand it's not like I was on a 6 month course, my average dose was 30mg for about 55 days that's it.

I will appreciate it ever so greatly if anyone could chime in with input on where to go from here because currently I'm looking at a deadend road here.

Thanks for reading people and have a great day .

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Old 12-06-2009, 02:21 PM   #2
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Re: Accutane - Chest / Heart pain - shortness of breath/high blood pressure

Hey, I have had acne since early teen years, so I have been researching on my own all types of treatment options and have tried a ton of prescriptions and regimens.

Don't give up because accutane didn't workout for you. There are several other options available to treat severe or moderate acne. (I know it sucks when accutane doesn't work and people think it's the end of the road.) You should research Dr. Neal and his "Acne Bootcamp" treatment. His clinic is called "The Acne Practice." You can find his treatment program and info on *******. My friend has severe cystic acne and accutane didn't do much after full course. He found Dr. Neal's treatments through online research and visited his office in NYC. He is not done with treatments yet, but there is significant improvement so far.

Have you tried blue/red light treatments? The only problem with blue light treatments is that there are different types and a lot of them don't give good permanent results. I've heard about the "Levulan" blue light with a special gel that seems to get good reviews from patients, but you have to research it well.

Whatever you do, avoid all antibiotics as treatment option. (I learned the hard way.) lol

I forgot to add that your accutane side effect is not unique. People talk about developing breathing problems, hair loss, blood pressure, blurred vision and several gastrointestinal problems after going through accutane that can last for months or even years. Did your dermatologist discuss the potential problems or when you stop your treatment, the acne comes back full force? If your blood work and EKG is normal, I'd just give it some time for symptoms to pass, but keep monitoring your health.

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Old 12-08-2009, 01:53 AM   #3
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Re: Accutane - Chest / Heart pain - shortness of breath/high blood pressure

Thanks for the response.

I've had maybe 4-5 pimples in 5-6 months post-accutane so as of right now so acne isn't even a factor; I'm more concerned about my health now. The shortness of breath is becoming a little more prevalent and my blood pressure doesn't decline no matter my diet / exercise level. This leads me to believe the accutane is still in my system and I can only hope that it's still there and is the culprit of the aforementioned problems as I'm "waiting" for it to pass through my system five months after treatment.

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