So I have just started Occutane today (I think this is the same as Accutane, just the Australian/New Zealand version).
I've had it for a while - was prescribed it over 8 months ago - but decided not to take it after reading some horror stories. I was prescribed Doxycycline 50mg daily in April as another option and took that for 2.5 months. The side effects were horrific, my skin wasn't actually that bad until I took it. I took it along with the contraceptive pill Zoely which is fantastic and I have been using for 12 months and I had such a terrible reaction to the Doxy. My skin broke out with like cystic lumps under the skin just on my chin and neck. I have never had anything like this before, but always smaller, easy to cover blemishes just in that area also.
I went to my doctor who said to get off the Doxycycline immediately. She said since I've been taking it, my skin has actually progressed to a severe category.. it really was the worst drug ever... side effects included heart palpitations, night sweats, extreme tiredness and pressure headaches. I am now starting the Occutane, just 10mg daily. Is anyone else on this low dose?
Anyway, thought I would keep a blog thing going, seems to be a lot of people doing the same and I think it's kinda helpful given the severity of the drug.
Will keep you updated....