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    Old 03-22-2001, 06:54 AM   #1
    EvAd518
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    As of right now.... Accutane sucks! please read my story...

    Hello everyone, im almost finished with my first month of Accutane! The only problem is.....

    I have a rash all over my arms

    my tryglyceride levels in my blood have increased (no more junkfood)

    my acne has never been worse

    i feel depressed about my face

    and i have been missing school bc of my acne.

    I just cant stand being infront of people with this horrid acne. if i knew Accutane would be this bad i wouldnt of started with it, i would of just delt with my acne with topicals. my derm says im just pushing out all the hidden cysts. i hope this is true, but bc of the triglyceride levels increasing im back to 40mg per day. i weigh 180lbs, so i dont think this is a high enough of a dose to finish off this initial breakout. how much longer is this going to last? will increasing the dosage make my acne worse or make it better? my derm said that i should be on 80mgs but i should gradually work up to that level. is it once when i get to 80mgs i will see improvements? ive been on 40mg a day for 2 weeks and 60mgs a day for 2 more, now im going back to 40mgs a day. i dont think this low of a dosage is going to help my acne. im so depressed. please help me out, thank you in advance.

     
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    Old 03-22-2001, 08:11 AM   #2
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    Re: As of right now.... Accutane sucks! please read my story...

    Hi! I read your post about accutane and i think you shouldn't be disappointed with your results so far.
    I'm 19 now an i started having mild but very persistent acne on my cheeks and forehead about a year ago. After trying every possible way to get the pimples out my derm decided to put me on accutane. I started my treatment the first days of october 2000. The first month was actually quite good. I started with 10 mg - on probation. She then raied my dose to 30 mg which i am still taking - After 5 1/2 months!!
    Anyway. During the second month my situation got worse as many of the "underskin" pimples started to show all at once, but sfter those were gone, it really cleared up. I haven't had a pimple in my forehead in about four months, and my cheeks are clean too. 'Due to my low dose i'll have to take accutane for at least 1 1/2 month. My derm explained to me that i still had to receive a few more grams per kilo of weight (that's how accutane works) so it would be a litle slow on this dose, but... the truth is all i have to blame accutane now for are my ever-chapped lips, dry eyes sometimes, some dry skin and hair and nothing else.

    I think if you keep with your accutane treatment for some more weeks you should start seeing very nice results. Then you'll be complaining about scars as i do, but still!

    Ok hope you keep going, BillieJoe

     
    Old 03-22-2001, 03:03 PM   #3
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    Re: As of right now.... Accutane sucks! please read my story...

    I think BillyJoel had a more competent doctor than I, but my results have been similar. Accutane is going to push all of the gunk out of your skin (I know, I wish it would have just made it disappear, but all things in life aren't perfect). After all the crap is out then you will start clearing up. Use Cetaphil liquid cleanser(I don't remember reading if you did) and nothing else. And don't pick. It is an awful disease and I actually am going into Dermatology because I have been stricken with this disfiguring disease. I know in my heart there has to be a better way to solve this problem.

    Over the hump in the road,
    Matt

     
    Old 03-22-2001, 03:39 PM   #4
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    Re: As of right now.... Accutane sucks! please read my story...

    I feel your pain Evad. I'm on Accutane for about 3 months now & just 2 weeks ago I stopped getting pimples =) I was really frustrated & I thought that I would be one of the few that Accutane would not work on... but I'm not! I mean, My face broke out with these cysts...& I've never had so many cysts ( & that big) at one time(up to 3 at once). I started at 40 for the 1st month, then went up to 60mg but the side effects were too severe(severe dry lips no matter what I put on it, really watery eyes, my hands got really dry & actually bled, constant nose bleeds etc. & then bumps were the most at this time. Then I went back down to 40 for the 3rd month(which I'm still taking at the moment) & the side effects are controllable & I'm clear or all pimples.
    Although I have a few scars from the olds pimps, which are fading quickly. There was also this cyst that was on the area below my eye for like a month & my derm had to use a comedo-extractor(sp?) & drain it.
    But I suggest that u try to be patient & use cetaphil cleanser day & night & SPF in the day. If it's working for my, according to my derm, very resistant acne it could work for you too <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">
    Good luck!

     
    Old 03-22-2001, 05:37 PM   #5
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    Re: As of right now.... Accutane sucks! please read my story...

    Hi Ohio,we look forward to the clash when our Blue Jays dominate your Indians,let the games begin. With Accutane their is apparently alot of side effects. Have you heard about the product ProActive Solution? It has been on late night TV. The results seemed amazing in adults and teenagers alike for clearing up acne. A clear skin awaits you for the summer,good luck.

     
    Old 03-22-2001, 10:49 PM   #6
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    I have been on accutane for about 9 weeks and my face broke out so bad that I was totally upset when I had to go to class because I am in college (third year) and not very many people suffer from acne. I would not even go to class some days because of how bad it looked. I also began to hate accutane, but I have somewhat been seeing results over the past few days. What really helps, and I know it's hard, is to not pick at you face! That is why my spots hang around so long. I keep peeling off the scabs and making them redder and I get more upset. I didn't touch my face all day and the next day I could totally notice a difference. I take 60mg a day, but I started at 40mg a day the first month. My face is still not as nice as I would like it to be, but it's getting there! Just be glad you are getting it over with now so that this summer will be happy!

     
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