I've been on Accutane for about three years in total; it exacerbated depression and fatigue/muscle pain. I experienced bone spurs, eventually. (This was on between 30-60 milligrams). So I stopped.
The acne persisted and I was put on 50 mg of aldacone, then bumped up to 100 mg after six months. I use salicylic acid astringent to help with oiliness, use Triderma redness reducing moisturizer under make up and on sore skin (no oil, lanolin, myristate, etc.), I am careful about not putting comedogenic ingredients on my face (everything--everything turns me red or breaks me out, especially these past four months), I eat fairly well, I don't use harsh or scented cleansers, but yet I am broken out and have acne marks and nodules...new ones every day. Plus clogged pores, whiteheads, blackheads, and seemingly stretched open hair follicles on cheeks that clog.
On 100 mg of aldactone.
More than that--since December of 2011, I've experienced crying jags that usually come with severe muscle pain.
The lower half of my body is bloated, even though I've still the same size overall. My hair is thinned at the crown and balding in the front; it's hard to cover.
I've read some of the messages of people experiencing this; I just wanted to say, I know what you're going through. I've been prescribed an antibiotic (for the second time in my life--Doxycycline didn't work the first time around, but I'm desperate) and we'll see if it works, but I am definitely not happy. I am terrified to go off of this drug, but at this point, I'm breaking out in cysts and the marks don't heal like they did on Accutane.
I've also been prescribed Ziana, which similarly gets crappy reviews around here. I've tried sulfur creams,(disgusting, didn't help), Retin-A helps only on nose and chin but makes cheeks crusty and white-heady, and BP no longer works.
I'm at my wit's end.
Could someone advise me, possibly? Has anyone else actually had a doctor confirm their suspicions? A derm wasn't helpful when I said I suspect the aldactone is ruining my hair or making me gain weight instead of lose it, but she said I might be hyperkalemic.
Edited by hj211, 02 April 2012 - 10:20 AM.