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    Old 07-24-2001, 10:37 AM   #1
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    Starting accutane

    I'm due to start my first accutane pill tomorrow! My derm. put me on 40 mg a day. Do you guys take one pill a day? Or do you split your dosage and take them twice a day? Example: One 40mg pill, or two 20mg pills a day? My dr. has me taken my dosage all at once. I didn't know if this sounded normal or not? Or if it even mattered?? Thanks in advance!

     
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    Old 07-24-2001, 10:38 AM   #2
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    Listen to your dermo.-- he has a doctors degree <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">

     
    Old 07-24-2001, 10:41 AM   #3
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    <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/biggrin.gif">....I know, I know,.....I'm just a nervous wreck about starting this pill!!!

     
    Old 07-24-2001, 10:50 AM   #4
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    Hmm, your doctor should have gone over this info with you. Usually when you receive your prescription, it will tell you if you take it TWICE a day or ONCE a day.

     
    Old 07-24-2001, 10:53 AM   #5
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    Re: Starting accutane

    He did tell me to take one pill a day. But I've read a lot of posts and most people take two pills a day. I jsut thought 40mg all at once seemed like a lot. I like the idea of 20mg in the morning and 20 at night. But, my derm. prescribed me ONE PILL A DAY, so I will listen to him...As Ruffeo stated, he is the one with the degree, NOT ME! <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">

     
    Old 07-24-2001, 11:05 AM   #6
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    Re: Starting accutane

    WAY TO GO Sadie-Girl, I wish you best of luck starting Accutane. 40mg per day does kinda seem a bit much for first timer. But dont let that scare you, starting Accutane is a good start. I started 30mg per day for 20 days, Then i'm switching to 60mg <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/eek.gif"> per day in 6 days. I hope this big doseage will help me more then it hurt. Anyways, GOOD LUCK again. <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/wave.gif">

     
    Old 07-24-2001, 01:03 PM   #7
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    Aaaah, I was wrong about starting 60mg in 6 days. I start TODAY!! <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/wow.gif"> Sigh. The Doctor gave me 60mg per day for 6 weeks (1 40mg Capsule, and 2 10mg Capsules). And the cost is $294 CAN. Thank god for health plans, I can get 50%-90% back, Whew.

     
    Old 07-24-2001, 01:35 PM   #8
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    Re: Starting accutane

    sadie-girl, we have the same treatment, I guess! I take a 40 mg pill once a day. It's not unusual at all.

     
    Old 07-24-2001, 01:45 PM   #9
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    First of all let me congratulate you on your way to clear skin. I used accutane for 4 1/2 months and it clear up my acne completly, I truly hope you get the same results. I am not a doctor but I think that 40mg a day its a bit much!.....I started with 20mg, but I guess our skin conditions are different and doctor's know best. I can tell you that the beginning of the treatment its a bit difficult (breakouts, dry lips, dry face, etc. this symptoms are minor)....but stick with the program and you will get great results.

     
    Old 07-24-2001, 01:48 PM   #10
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    I don't think 40 mg is much at all. Some people start off with high doses such as 60 mg, even 80 mg.

    I started off with 40 milligrams and doing fine.

     
    Old 07-24-2001, 04:50 PM   #11
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    40mg a day is not unusual at all, and it doesn't make a difference if you take two 20mg pills at different times during the day. Also, the dosage is based on your body weight - 1mg/kg I believe. Sometimes derms will start you out with a lower dosage and work you up to the target based on your body weight. So 40mg might actually be too low and may have to be increased - unless you want to take lower dosages which just prolongs the length of time you need to take it for one full course!

     
    Old 07-24-2001, 09:09 PM   #12
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    Re: Starting accutane

    I just started accutane 4 days ago and I too have been prescribed 40mg/day. And I only have moderate acne (that has not responded to any other treatments, including, of course, antibiotics) The derm said he was starting "low" with only 1 pill a day, so I assumed he was going to raise it to 80mg eventually! Then again, I'm a big boy weighing in at 180lbs. so it may be due to that. Technically, the package says at around that weight I could take up to a maximum of 160mg a day! But I won't be doing that, now will I...

    So, in summary, I think 40mg/day is pretty normal. <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">

     
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