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  1. Accutane Log, 26/M

    Day 148 (End of Week 21): Thought I'd check in! Everything is going great!! See effects have subsided and I don't even notice them anymore! I've had many 2-3 small teeny tiny little pimples that go away very quick since my last update. My skin has never looked this good I could not be happier with this treatment. Stay positive everyone, it works.
  2. Accutane Log, 26/M

    Originally posted by "===" Posted September 11, 2012: Generally suggested minimum cumulative dose would be 120mg/kg, and 150mg/kg is considered on the higher end. mg/kg is, literally, milligrams per kilogram, i.e. how many milligrams of Accutane you've taken throughout your course divided by your weight in kg. weight in kg = (weight in pounds) / 2.2, if you need it. Once you've found your weight in kg, multiply it first by 120. This amount is, for you, a lower but still advisable cumulative dose. Then multiply the weight by 150; that gives you a higher, but still reasonable, cumulative dose. You can think of those totals as goalposts, you want your final cumulative dose to be somewhere between these two numbers. It's ok if your total cumulative dose is a bit higher than your 150mg/kg measurement, but lower than 120mg/kg and you're risking a higher chance of remission. So, for example, if you're 140 lbs, that's 140 lbs/2.2 = 63.64 kg, roughly. 63.64kg * 120 mg/kg = 7637mg <--- lower suggested dose 63.64kg * 150 mg/kg = 9546mg <--- higher suggested dose Then you'd probably want to go about finding your cumulative dose with the plan you and your derm have planned. Say you're on 20mg for the first month, 40mg for the second, and 80mg for three more. 20mg/day * 30 days + 40mg/day * 30 days + 80mg/day * 30 days * 3 months = 9000mg total, which is right around what you'd want. Not only was it not a permanent solution but I also noticed that it made my hair thinner. Taking high doses of things for a long period of time cannot be good for your health and there was no long term studies I could find on safety. Ultimately I've realized that the only thing that has worked for me is Accutane. I have never been acne free for this long before. My skin looks great, I'm off BP and could not be happier I decided to take this medication. I really hope it's permanent after I am off it. Time will tell.
  3. Accutane Log, 26/M

    Thanks Nothing for red marks, they usually fade over time on their own and I don't have too many that are noticeable. Glad to see you are doing well. Glad you stopped using BP after shaving, that must have been extremely drying! I'm sure you're excited to almost be done with your course.
  4. Accutane Log, 26/M

    Day 118 (End of week 17): No new spots or pimples!!!! Side effects are more or less the same. Saw the Dr today and he kept me on 50mg. Im going to post every other week from now on as there really hasn't been much to update. Very happy with how treatment has gone. Only concern is that my Dr isn't going to let me get to 120g/kg for some reason. I'll finish at about 90 in about 2.5 months time which makes me nervous.
  5. Accutane Log, 26/M

    Day 112 (End of week 16): I went away for work this week and low and behold I got a big one up near my temple! UGH. It was inflamed, red and noticeable. It was so so soo disheartening, especially because I was with coworkers and important clients. It was due to a lack of sleep, eating poorly and drinking. Still, it sucked. It went away rather quickly (just as I was leaving, imagine that) and it has since disappeared. Other than that my face is good. Side effects were a little more manageable this week. Didn't really notice anything except the back pain. Mood has increased which is good. Pictures next week! Stay positive.
  6. Hang in there, the first two months are the worst! I know its tough to stay positive but it will be worth it, believe me! Short term pain for long term gain
  7. Accutane Log, 26/M

    Thank you! I had a spot here and there on my shoulders but I have only noticed maybe 3 since I started accutane. Definitely has gotten better. Day 105 (End of week 15): Only had 1 spot this week on my jawline and it was quite stubborn. Took a few days to come to a head but who can complain about 1 spot. Happy about the progress. Side effects are more or less the same. I will update with pictures soon
  8. Accutane Log, 26/M

    Day 98 (End of week 14): I think I had 2 or 3 small pimples all week! I hardy ever even think about my skin. I certainly don't stress about it or even think twice about it when I got out. It's truly amazing and such a good feeling. I'm starting to feel like having clear skin is normal for me now. I still look a bit burnt in my face and am getting dry lips, arms, etc. Another issue which I feel like I have to mention is my mood. I am usually a really happy go lucky guy, but lately I have been a bit moody and have not felt as happy as I usually am. My mind also feels cloudy at times. Definitely because of the drug. I had hoped that I wouldn't experience these side effects but I think it's pretty much unavoidable. It's nothing I can't deal with and will absolutely tolerate it because it's only temporary and well worth it for (hopefully) permanently clear skin.
  9. Accutane Log, 26/M

    Day 91 (End of week 13): Better week. Still getting small pimples here and there but very happy with my progress! I don't think or stress about my skin nearly as much as I did and I am so thankful for that. It seems like I can just live my life normally now without basing every decision I make on the state of my skin. I'm not worried about dating anymore and my confidence level is high! I am still dry and getting headaches but again, all manageable.