So last month I went to my derm to finally give the green light to start on accutane. I stated having mild acne when I was a freshmen in College and got some pretty mild antibiotics and topical creams to clear it up, and it did clear up in 4 months. Unfortunately my acne came back after 6 months and it was worse I went back to my derm and got some stronger antibiotics and stronger topical creams, once again my acne cleared up in about 4 months. This cycle went one for three years. My derm had told me that accutane was my best option to clear my acne in the long term. Like most first time accutane users I was extremely nervous about the side effects. So I put off going on it when he recommended and went home to do some research. I found a lot of testimonials that stated the side effects are well worth the results so I decided to take the plunge and start up on accutane.
I guess I should start what what type of acne I have so you all can get an idea of what I'm dealing with. I have hormonal cystic acne all over my cheeks and jaw line, occasionally I do breakout on my forehead. when I was first starting to get acne I was super self conscious about it, I still am but I have really tried to not let my acne define me. So that's where I'm at with my acne, I'll think about posing pictures through my amneasteem journey.
I don't know about for guys how the process of getting on accutane works, but for girls its like jumping through hoops. When I first made my appointment I was all gun ho about starting the medication the next day, but boy was I surprised. For girls since we are the givers of life we have to make sure that we do not get pregnant while on accutane. I was signed up for the ipledge program and had to read and initial all this information about birth control options and which options that I will choose for the duration of the prescription. After signing what felt like my life away (just kidding, all of this is really important) I took a pregnancy test to make sure that I was not currently pregnant and then had to wait one month to get a preliminary blood test before I start on accutane to make sure my body could handle the medication and to make sure that I was not pregnant. One major concern I do have about side effects is the joint pain, I do work out 4-6 times a week with weight training at least 3 of those days, I guess we will have to see what happens.
So after waiting a month, which I was not the most patient with, I finally got my hands on the medication. Yay!!! I was prescribed 40 mg to start off with. My derm suggested that I start taking just one 40 mg pill once a day for the first month, instead of 40 mg twice a day, to see how my body handles it.
I will try to me good and document my journey on a consistent bases of once a week, but if something happens do to medication I will definitely come and document it