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    Old 10-17-2003, 11:16 PM   #16
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    Statistics are just about numbers. To tell you the truth, no one really knows how much damage a drug (Accutane or something else) causes a patient because not ALL of those who experience them take the time to report them. This is typical of a patient. This means that no one can really say how many people DO NOT benefit from Accutane (these are the ones whose risks outweigh the benefits).

    Joeh, I am sure you did your research. I was directing my post to others who may consider other alternatives besides the traditional acne medications. Everything carries its own risks I suppose. Just be ready to accept both the negative or positive outputs you might encounter.

     
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    Old 10-17-2003, 11:24 PM   #17
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    i read 1 in 4 persons come back after 2 years.i personally dont know what the stats r on accutane but it buys u time til ur body adjusts to its hormones.mine never did.if u want to take the risk and take accutane then go ahead.im putting my life on the line but i spent more time taking care of my skin than living anyways.i guess people that use tanning booths and sun bathe are taking risks.if u willing to take the risk then go for it.

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    Old 10-18-2003, 04:08 AM   #18
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    i've been on accutane twice, and yes it was only temporary... slowly started to come back....

    so then i bought accutane over the internet...


    was on 10mg per day....

    the 10mg every second day...

    now 10mg every thrid day...

    i only have 1 zit atm.

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    Old 10-18-2003, 11:31 AM   #19
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    CUREDFORNOW SAID,

    "I don't know how many times I'll have to repeat this but, 70-75% OF ACCUTANE USERS DO NOT NEED ANOTHER COURSE, EVER. I'm 100% sure about this statistic. I am one of them. Accutane has saved my life - it was the best decision I have ever made. I'm only here for the moderate scarring I have."
    "I'm sorry this drug didn't work for you guys but you ARE in the minority. Cured people wouldn't be visiting an acne forum, you know what I mean? Unless for scarring or whatever."


    This statement is actually incorrect and misleading. Yes 70% of people do not need another course of accutane again. I have been on accutane twice and it cant even clear me up 100% while I am on it. BUT what they mean by this statistic is that 70% of people who take accutane do not need another course because when their acne does come back its not SEVERE enough to warrent the use of accutane again. That does not mean the person does not have an acne condition after treatment, they still may have mild or even moderate acne come back after treatment, just not severe enough to use accutane again. It is not a miracle cure, but it does work very well and for SOME it will clear them permanently. My acne actually was not bad enough to take accutane (so they say) but I insisted, so they let me. That does not mean I did not have a bad acne condition. It works great for some and not so good for many others. But that statistic does not tell the whole story on accutane. Goodluck to all users and I do recommend accutane, just don't expect a miracle.

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    Old 10-18-2003, 11:57 AM   #20
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    Well I was all for accutane but now that I am losing major amounts of hair I must say it was definitely not worth taking.

    I have about 1/2 the amount of hair I had before I started the drug.....

     
    Old 10-18-2003, 12:36 PM   #21
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    [QUOTE]Originally posted by Big_Wreck:
    [B]"I don't know how many times I'll have to repeat this but, 70-75% OF ACCUTANE USERS DO NOT NEED ANOTHER COURSE, EVER. I'm 100% sure about this statistic. I am one of them.
    ***BigWreck, my apologies for on my previous error***

    I am happy for you Curedfornow. However, as you stated above, you are only "one" of them. Statistics are just (like I said) numbers. Numbers do not tell everything. Repeating your statement will not make any difference. I am not implying that Accutane be taken off the market because of its SEs. I am merely conveying that this is a powerful drug and it has its benefits and risks. It is a big help for others but it is also a big disappointment for some. There are always two sides to everything. Accept that. I am somewhat in between...still taking Accutane and still hoping it will work despite its bothersome effects (blood vessel problems, cholesterol/triglycerides, hirsutism, headaches, joint pains, slightly falling hair, thinning skin (body) etc.) I think we will eventually find out what the fate of this drug is. For the benefit of everyone, not just the "minority".

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    Old 10-18-2003, 12:52 PM   #22
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    thats good advice big wreck.i dont expect any guy to run out and take what im taking unless they wanna be a girl.im just happy to have my skin clear and if i have to be a girl so be it.that girl in the matrix movies is really cool.but i still would never date a guy.and no i dont give a rats *** about my scarring on my back but i do on my face.least most u guys r not alone.i still have social phobia but im gettting better with it.i did see some teens with acne at wal-mart but they didnt seem down about it.

     
    Old 10-18-2003, 01:52 PM   #23
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    BACKTOMYTOLDSELF

    That was not my quote backtomyoldself........I was replying to someone elses quote, U misread.......that quote is from an earlier post.......

     
    Old 10-18-2003, 05:03 PM   #24
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    Not that it matters - but I will clarify what my Accutane specialist told me - it's NOT that 2/3 will need to repeat Accutane - it's that acne comes back in 2/3 eventually. My doc usually recommends a "mini-treatment" in these situations. Also the "success" rates of 85-90% that the manufacturer claims is based on staying clear for one year. Sorry I must have been tired when I originally posted.

    BTW - I am very pleased with my Accutane treatment I only had 2 zits during the entire 20 weeks. I'm just hoping I stay this way! I am still hanging around because my daughter has recently developed acne and I'm looking for info for her.

    weez

     
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