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Negative Accutane Experiences

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I am 23 years old and I know my acne is not as bad as some, falling into the moderate category with a few painful cysts, however, it has been persistent and unresponsive to other OTC treatments, antibiotics, retinoids, and oral contraceptives. I was thrilled when I went to the dermatologist 3 weeks ago and right off the bat he prescribed me Accutane, 50mg daily. It was the start of a new school year and within the first week of being on the med I started seeing a dramatic improvement. Literally within the first 3-4 days the pain of my cysts diminished, giving me so much hope for the healing of my skin. After a week the stubbornness of my acne seemed to subside, leaving only fresh scars that were finally being given time to heal properly. My reason for going on Accutane was also because my dermatologist told me it was quick, and I was so happy that the guy moving to VA that I have been talking to for a couple months would see me with beautiful skin. To me, it was worth it to have some hair loss, it was even okay that my skin on my scalp and lips would bleed randomly, that my eyes were dry and bloodshot, that I was tired and sick. I kept telling myself this was all temporary and worth it to be beautiful in the end. What I did not know is that the Accutane would cause me to spiral into a deep state of depression with suicidal thoughts. I stopped taking the Accutane a couple days ago because the depression got so intense I have been having trouble getting up to go to classes, work, eat, and I do not see friends. The people I want to call and talk to I neglect because of this. I pray that this will go away with time. It's kind of sad because I only really had MODERATE acne, and in retrospect it was not that bad and not worth it to feel this way. Well, the guy I was dying to see for so long and just wanted to be beautiful for is coming here tomorrow, and the energetic, happy person I was before seems to be gone. I would give anything just to go back in time and change what happened so I could feel happiness like I did before. I wrote this in the hopes that if anyone else has here is contemplating going on Accutane for mild-moderate acne they will give it a second thought because it should only be a last resort, not something that should be frivolously prescribed by ignorant dermatologists who do not care to evaluate their patients' past history with psychiatric disorders and inform them of the risks. If you already have a predisposition to depression, try to consider if your condition is worth this. Nothing is worth feeling this way.

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I took Accutane for around five months and have been off it for four months now - I still get really dry eyes, horrible joint pains and painful muscles if I walk for more than a mile or so. I really regret taking it - would much rather deal with the cystic acne i had before. Just hoping the side effects will go away eventually. Some of my friends have taken it and they were absolutely fine, I was just unlucky I guess :(

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I am sorry for whoever will read this post but this is the harsh reality.

If you think Accutane is this 'wonder drug' which will free you from acne forever you will be disappointed.

I was promised to be free from Acne for at least a few years but it didnt happen.

I recently saw my Dermotologist again and he told me "Accutane only works for 50% of cases, and unfortunately you are in the other 50%"

I took Accutane twice.

Once in 2005 and again in 2010.

Second time was worse than second time.

Took two pills per day once in morning and other at night for both rounds.

2005 - Acne cleared in about 6 months - Clear skin lasted for about 1.5 years before slowly creeping back...

In between did try alot of OTC products as well as Retin-A which ruined me. Therefore had to go back on second round of Tane.

2010 - Acne was more severe, took it for about 10 months before clear skin - Clear skin only lasted about 1 year.

It is now bad again. Taking differin + BCP, hopefully it works.

Side effects from Accutane that still remain (which I did not have to begin with) include;

- sore joints

- always tired

- dry eyes

- dry throat (constantly thirsty - causing bad breath)

- brittle/weak nails

- constantly feeling depressed/anxious

- IBS

- hair is extremely dry - static even, fly aways constantly needed something to be put on to keep it down. very annoying

- sensitive skin - my old skin wasn't even sensitive to start with....

Unfortunately Accutane diddn't work for me.

It might work for you as everyone is different. Goodluck

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I had the same joint pains after taking Tane, especially in my back. And then while on a mission trip to Guyana I fell 20 ft from a cliff and thought I broke my back- all the while being on accutane. Needless to say, my back felt jacked up for a very long time. But after being off accutane and since that accident around 2007ish, I feel completely normal. So hopefully all of yall's side affects with gradually go away with time. Mine did, even with the additional trauma.


I take these supplements daily to keep my skin at an acceptable level:

--B5 (Pantothenic Acid)-8,000mg

--B-Complex-1,000mg

--L-Carnitine-1,000mg


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Any side effect sufferers please come over to the "how to recover from the long term sideffects of acctuane" discussion -

Lets heal together.

xx

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I finished my course about a month ago, taken off a month early because i was having extremely bad migraines lasting for days at a time, blurred vision, nausea and vomiting. Since starting my last month on the drug, ive felt generally ill. Extreme lethargy. Sleeping 18 hours a day, waking up feeling like I haven't slept in weeks. I've had constant sinus problems, joint and back pains, the list of side effects I've ended up with from these pills is as long as my arm. I feel extremely run down, as a result of this going on for months I'm now pretty depressed as well. Taking this has affected my day to day life. I've missed quite a bit of my college course due to feeling so ill.

Don't know about the rest of you, but the doctors in the UK are USELESS. One GP told me to go home and take paracetamol and ibroprofen when i told her about my migraines and my vision being messed up. She actually had to get a medical dictionary out and look up the side effects of accutane. "Headaches are listed as a known side effect, theres nothing I can do." Wow. I said I wasnt feeling myself and felt a bit out of sorts, and she gives me a leaflet for group therapy.

Do the pills work? Yes. I'm 90% acne free. I still have one or two actives on my face, but a lot of pigmentation on my cheeks and nose, I feel like rudolph! Just in time for Xmas..

I regret taking this drug. I've just turned 24, and I feel 74. My body is aching as I type this. I get out of breath if i climb a short flight of stairs and I've started coughing and wheezing at night time. I've heard accutane is a chemo drug? Sounds about right. Its sucked all the life out of me. I don't feel passion to do anything anymore.

Overall, I've experienced these.

Extreme fatigue

Dry skin

DRY LIPS

Pressure headaches/migraines

Nausea

Ears pop all the time like I'm on a plane..

Stiff neck

Sore dry eyes sensitive to light

Blurry vision

Can't see in the dark at all anymore

Trouble concentrating (brain fog?)

Joint and back pain

Extreme mood swings and depression

Heartburn?!

Rectal bleeding

I'm still experiencing most of these.

When I first got the referral from the NHS, I was terrified they wouldn't prescribe me accutane as nothing else had worked for me and it was my last resort. I couldn't bear the thought of just having to live with looking like I had some sort of disease all over my face. However I've come to realise the NHS dont actually care that much about whose put on what drugs. I seen one derm for an initial consultation before being put on the drug. She examined my skin. Said I was a candidate, and I signed the necessary paperwork. The different derm I seen throughout my course, never even seen my skin...ever. She never seemed to care. I'd come in every 4 weeks for the appointment and she'd ask the usual questions and give me the prescription. I had my liver functions checked about halfway through the course, and no one even bothered to tell me the results, I had to pester several doctors to go and fetch them. It sickens me the lack of interest, care and thought put into dispensing such a dangerous drug. Its controlled for a reason! I can't believe 13 year olds are being given this and not even having a proper consultation.

I just really hope that its early days for me, and all these awful side effects will wear off in time. Otherwise I see myself ending up as bitter and angry as some of you who have posted here after taking this deadly chemo drug. I've known people who have taken accutane and been absolutely fine. I guess we all seem to be the unlucky ones, although I'm starting to think theres a lot more of us out there than the statistics report.

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I'm 18 mnths out from a 12 mnth course of 60:40mg.

Hair loss started 3 mnths after and continues to this day. Have purchased a wig and I willmist likely have to shave my head as my hair has been destroyed.

Severe dry skin with fine lines and deep wrinkles

Chronic dry mouth and lips

Thinned skin all over my body that no amount of lotion relieves the dry tightness

Fat atrophy in face, hollow eyes and temples

Thin brittle yellow nails

Premature aging in general

Chronic hair growth on face, back, neck thick vellus hair growth

Pains in joints that crack and pop especially ankles and knees

Hyperpigmentation all over my face. My skin has become brown and mottled from the dryness/ thinning of skin also dilated pores all over my face

Easy bruising

Insomnia and depression........

The list continues to grow.

Basically roaacutane has destroyed my skin and hair - ironic that both were beautiful before this

drug and the acne that's cone back now is more severe than the acne I had before and now my skin cannot heal andno longer can produce any protective oils whatsoever.

This drug has destroyed Everything and fucked my life.

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Hi my name is Brad and I am 22, I was on accutane for little over 1 month and noticed that my hair had become very frail, brittle, and dry. IImmediately lowered my course from 20 mg a day everyday, to taking 20 mg every third day.

My hair nearing the end of the first month started thinning rapidly throughout my scalp and began to itch, wherever i scratched, hairs woulld fall out., it yielded a positive pull test but the thinning was more apparent then the amount of hairw faling out each day (30-40 telogum hairs ). I immediately stopped taking the drug.

From the date of first noticing that my hair went dry and brittle, it has now been 4 months and if anything the thinning of the hairs has worsened considerably to the point that shaving my hair is the only option, (not a look thats suits me very much but its gotta be better than what im having to work with now)

The way althouh in compaison the way it look now each individual strand is very very thin almost as if nothing were there.

Since that fateful day, i have read many many forums on this topic and feel that I may have a drug induced hairloss from accutane, whether it to be Diffuse AA or some other form alopecia, I am currently taking botin and another hair care product in form of an oral supplement concentrating in Vitamin B6 and saw palmetto. as a

well as topicam minoxidil 5percent applied every nght.

It has now been month 3-4 and since, and have seen no improvement, it is safe to say that i am now falling into a depression and this whole situation seems hopless especiall the thought of havin thair lik this for the rest of my life!

any suggestions from anymore who feels they encountered a similar encounter after taking accutane,

or any help in this matter in anyway will be hugley appreciatd,

Thank

P,s, Please god let my hair com back i miss it so much!!:(

Oh and no history of Mpb runs int he family.

Help Please

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Hi my name is Brad and I am 22, I was on accutane for little over 1 month and noticed that my hair had become very frail, brittle, and dry. IImmediately lowered my course from 20 mg a day everyday, to taking 20 mg every third day.

My hair nearing the end of the first month started thinning rapidly throughout my scalp and began to itch, wherever i scratched, hairs woulld fall out., it yielded a positive pull test but the thinning was more apparent then the amount of hairw faling out each day (30-40 telogum hairs ). I immediately stopped taking the drug.

From the date of first noticing that my hair went dry and brittle, it has now been 4 months and if anything the thinning of the hairs has worsened considerably to the point that shaving my hair is the only option, (not a look thats suits me very much but its gotta be better than what im having to work with now)

The way althouh in compaison the way it look now each individual strand is very very thin almost as if nothing were there.

Since that fateful day, i have read many many forums on this topic and feel that I may have a drug induced hairloss from accutane, whether it to be Diffuse AA or some other form alopecia, I am currently taking botin and another hair care product in form of an oral supplement concentrating in Vitamin B6 and saw palmetto. as a

well as topicam minoxidil 5percent applied every nght.

It has now been month 3-4 and since, and have seen no improvement, it is safe to say that i am now falling into a depression and this whole situation seems hopless especiall the thought of havin thair lik this for the rest of my life!

any suggestions from anymore who feels they encountered a similar encounter after taking accutane,

or any help in this matter in anyway will be hugley appreciatd,

Thank

P,s, Please god let my hair com back i miss it so much!!sad.png

Oh and no history of Mpb runs int he family.

Help Please

Hi Brad,

I hope things improve for you. have you tried deep conditiong treatments or natural oils?

I am gong through the same thing dry, brittle lifeless hair that just falls out uncontrollably. Its been happening for 2 years now.

Are you losing any eyebrows also?

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I tried accutane when I was 20. I had to discontinue after 3 weeks due to chillitus of the lips. No product I used would help. My lips were literally disappearing. I could not drink or eat anything outside of my house because of the embarassment. My lips were literally melting off my face. To this day, nearly 10 years later, my lips still haven't returned to their original state.

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Two courses of Accutane,

1: for 9 months - no problems whatsoever,

2: for 4 months.

After the 2nd course:

- Inexplicable vision problems

- Previously mild tinnitus is now awful

- Dry eyes

- Digestion issues

- Back ache (sometimes)

- ACNE CAME BACK AGAIN.

On Spiro now.

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Teresa, (and anybody on roaccutane)

I've just read your post and seen that you are taking this medication.

I have taken it myself, 7 years ago when i was 23, i am now 30 -as of last week.

I can completely empathise with your situation, i remember the reason why i paid over £1000.00 for the drug. It was a last resort and i was totally sick of acne. I was the only one of my friends still with teenage acne. But the irony was, the only person that cared about this was me.

I was so desperate for clear skin i reasoned that life was so shit with acne that it was worth the crazy risk of my health.

Ok, so seven years on here i am and i'd like to share how it's gone for me.

I took the drug, went through all the temporary dry skin super chapped lips , the acne got worse and then one day there was not one spot on my face. Awesome!! i thought and i could count the number of spots i've had since on one hand.

However, this is why i want you and anybody taking the drug to stop right now and ride out the zits, (because they will go all by themselves). This drug has some serious long term side effects, so i'll tell you the story of my last seven years:

Shortly after finishing roacutane, i developed severe anxiety, i would tremble and shake. It was so bizarre, i'd never felt anything like this. Then this started to happen around people in social situations, it still happens to this day. To give you an idea of the person i was before, i had lots of friends, i was one of the most laid back people i knew, i was in a band, loved my music i was a pretty laid back guy - well other than the acne.

As the years went on, my general health has deteriorated, i have had a number of auto immune disorders, and you have to remember i'm a young guy at this stage in his prime who takes care of his health. I've ended up with chronic fatigue, i'm basically exhausted all the time. And worst of all is i have cognitive problems with memory and feeling like i'm on a different planet. I lost lots of friends and hardly moved forward with my life at all.

Now there is no clear way of proving that this was because of roacuttane ( it's a drug pescribed by a doctors, and they know what they are doing right? it's not like a drug company is a billion dollar industry?) but please, there are too many people that this has happened to for it to be coincidence, I'm pretty sure, if not 100%, that what happened to me was because of this drug.

Do not risk your health for beauty, when you're older you'll understand, and please i really empathise with all your situations, acne sucks it does i know, but you'll get into your twenties, it may even be towards the end of them if you're unlucky, and it WILL go. But if you fuck your health up you will have a way shitter time than acne trust me.

Please don't do this, if your health goes to shit because of it there is little it seems can be done. You only have one life and one body - look after it.

And i am a real person. My name is nick i live in manchester england, and if anybody wants a chat i'll do my best to warn you.

Also i know this post is not what you want to hear, so please don't get mad. If i'd had no bother with it afterwards i'd be telling you to go for it. I feel it's my duty to warn you as i would hate this to happen to anybody else.

cheers,

Nick

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The only real negative I think so far for me, is that I get so agitated easily, and I would often snap at family because of this, (that's if, if the accutane is causing this)

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Just wanted to share my experience with Accutane and acne overall as it might help someone.

About two years ago at the age of 27, shortly after I moved to the UK I started to develop Acne. I've never really had acne problems and couldn't understand why this was happening, it started out with small white closed comedones and it escalated to moderate acne with occasional cysts. I went to my local GP who put me through two courses of different Antibiotics and differin cream over a two year period, none of this really worked and the acne kept on coming back. From previous experience, I have learnt that incompetent doctors can cause serious harm, so I kept on insisting to get a hormone test as I thought it was hormone related, but was told that I'm not allowed hormone tests at my age on the NHS. The 3+ GPs I've spoken to didn't take me seriously and only after begging to go to a specialist was I referred to a dermatologist two years down the line.

My dermatologist back in SA has always been an absolute genius (Dr Hardie de Beer) and I knew he'd be able to help, but couldn't get to him so I opted to go to an NHS derm in the UK. I knew something was causing this problem and that something wasn't right, but the derm just shoved a course of Accutane in my hand even though I didn't feel comfortable taking it. After the first tablet I started noticing a ringing in my ears, but nowhere on the accompanying information that the dr gave me could I find ringing ears side as effect. Only after a search online did I realise how serious this could be and stopped taking the medication - also my kidneys started to ache and I feared organ damage. This all was after taking it for about two weeks 30mg a day, which I reduced to 10mg due to severe dry eyes. My eyes are dry on a normal day so I expected an increase any way.

After an extensive search online, I found information about vitamin D deficiency and acne. As the sun never shines in the UK you'd think doctors here would be more aware of potential vitamin D deficiency - apparently not. I was also getting colds about 4 or 5 times a year which to me was abnormal - I mentioned this to my GP but his response was that some people get colds more often than others - great to know this absolute numpty was concerned about his patient's wellbeing, right?

In my search online I also noticed people getting results from lemon juice as topical, so I started taking 1000IU of vitamin D3 daily and used lemon juice under my moisturiser at night. It's been three weeks on the vitamin D and a week with the lemon juice and my skin is clear and almost back to normal. I don't have excess oil in my T-Zone and my hair is also less oily.

The incompetence of several NHS doctors who were happier to give me various courses of antibiotics, topicals and finally accutane than to figure out what was wrong has now given me tinnitus. This constant ringing is not stopping, I'm going to see a specialist and hopefully seek legal advice as I don't think these apparent experts should get away with misdiagnosing people in this way. I seriously hope the ringing ears will go away.

My advice to anyone with acne: Before you take accutane or any atibiotic, get a vitamin deficiency test if you can - you might be refused one if you're going through the NHS though. Also try lemon juice as that might help. I wet my hands with lemon juice at night and spread it over my face and neck, wait a few minutes and put a moisturiser over it, it really helps with the scarring and red marks as well. Everyone is different and your acne might be caused by something else, but in my opinion it's caused by something, it won't just appear out of thin air so do everything you can to figure this out first before you put your body through this kind of trauma.

Good luck, I hope this experience helps someone and that you will be saved from years of pain an suffering due to incompetence and not being taken seriously.

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I have been on accutane for six days now. i had to stop taking it. the night before last i was laying in my bed trying to go to sleep when everything just went black(i assume that i blacked out) and when ii came to i was gasping for air. it was like i had stopped breathing... this happend twice that night. then yesterday while at school i began to feel like i was beginning to faint. my heart would race at times and i was unable to breath. i called my mom and she took me to the er. while at the er they took blood tests and all they told me was that i had hypoglycemia, which i am pretty sure i didnt have before accutane, and they said that all my heart troubles were caused by anxiety. but why would i all of the sudden start having these problems? i think it is the accutane. today i have had alot of problems breathing and with coming close to fainting.. everytime i try to close my eyes and go to sleep my heart starts to speed up and i cant breath. last night it took me an hour and a half to fall asleep because i was having trouble trying not to black out and stop breathing. i fell asleep in class today and woke up gasping for air. its like my heart just stops beating or something. like i said, i only started having this problem when i began accutane. im very worried at this point... i feel like everytime i go to sleep i may never wake up again. im 16 years old. and i really wish i would never have started accutane...

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Before considering accutane, I'd read other people's negative experiences and always assumed it was due to their high dosages.

Well, I have made two very brief attempts at a low dose accutane course and it's clear that accutane is just not for me.

The first time I tried 10 mgs per day - immediately I got the pins and needles sensation in my hands which was weird, but tolerable. Around the 4th day I felt a strange pain in my lower abdomen/back. I freaked out and stopped taking it right then and there. I was self-medicating which I know now is incredibly stupid when it comes to accutane.

So I decided recently to try again and go through a dermatologist. She recommended 20 mg a day. My first pill in my hands and feet got extremely cold and felt numb within an hour. Later that night, I felt a strange pressure all around my head that was almost like sinus pressure but a bit more intense.

The next day I just felt off all day. Anxious and had a very hard time getting work done. And I had a lot of work to do so it sucked.

For a while I thought I would ease into my course by taking it every 2 or 3 day, but after reading up on it, the side effects I was experiencing with just one pill in were troubling. I couldn't imagine what the future held for me if I continued taking this drug.

It's been almost a week since the first pill and my hearing has become much more sensitive. Typing on the computer sounds so loud right now -like each key stroke is pounding straight on my ear drums - I feel like it caused some kind of inner ear havoc.

Anyway, if you're considering this drug, please realize that some people just can't tolerate accutane. In a way, I consider myself lucky that I found this out about myself before getting in too deep into my course. After one 20 mg my IB was already starting too - I shudder to think what would've happened if I found myself in the middle of a horrendous IB and having to suffer through the side effects to get my skin clear again.

I'm back on the BP regimen plus the supplements I've been taking and I feel positive about it because it's working after a few days. I'm done being ashamed by the fact that I need to slather my skin with acne medication - which is the main reason I never stuck with it - my stupid vanity.


What is greatly helping my hormonal, mostly non-inflamed, occasionally cystic, acne:

Daily Supplements:

Cinnamon capsule before every meal - to improve insulin resistance, this has drastically reduced oil.

Vitex/Saw Palmetto/Licorice/Peony herbal tincture - an herbalist prepares this for me; I have no more PMS, anxiety, sore boobs, etc!

Milk thistle - 1 capsule a day for general liver health and phase 1 estrogen clearance.

Psyllium Fiber - 2 capsules a day for general health and phase 2 estrogen clearance.

Zinc - 30-50mg a day for my general health, I also believes it reduced inflammation.

Vitamin A

Vitamin D

Chromium - good for insulin resistance and depression.

Fish oil - I'm not religious about taking this, but it's a good idea for general health and sebum viscosity.

Topicals:

A.M.

Gentle cleanser with Dan's BP* + moisturizer OR Paula's Choice 2% BHA* + moisturizer

P.M.

Remove make up with hemp oil, follow up with Finacea + Dan's AHA


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I took Accutane for around 4 months at the age of 14 (in 1999) as I was entering high school. I got bad mood swings that ruined a few friendships, but kids are stupid and so was I. I think the drug played a role, but didn't cause it entirely. I also remember having really dry lips that cracked at the corners and vaseline did nothing to help, and I had cotton mouth all day at school. So those were the immediate problems, and my acne mostly went away, despite only being mild to begin with.

At 17 i started to notice pain in my joints, but nothing terrible, just occasional stiffness. I was never athletic anyway. But by 19 my hands started to hurt so bad I couldn't draw with a pencil. I could no longer walk to school due to my back and feet hurting. I got depressed during this time and eventually fell behind in my classes. I moved back home and over years learned to deal with my situation. I'm now back in school although I'm always tired and exhausted for no reason.

Over the last 8 years my joints have cracked and popped in multiple directions constantly. There's a relief associated with the process and it's become second nature to me now, although it carries a stigma and people often tell me to stop. If my joints catch and I don't pop them they begin to ache terribly. I know how to effectively relieve every joint in my body. Toes, ankles, knees, hips (these are the worst because it looks like a rendition of "I'm a little tea pot" and I have to do it in public sometimes), pelvis (yeah, pelvis. Only happens when I lay on my back), lower back, fingers, wrists, thumbs, elbows, shoulders, every vertebra all the way up my back to my skull, and my jaw (not a crack, more of stretch to release a few subtle pops deep in the joint).

My knees are bad when they catch because the pop is like a lateral explosion through the joint as the pops come in succession. This usually happens after I've been sleeping or sitting a long time. My back does the same thing, running a string of loud pops. My hips are loud, my wrists are very sharp and painful. I twist them to get the pop where the ulna and radius connect. My fingers (like my knees) require sideways pressure to release, which is every few sentences as I'm typing this. If I don't get the pressure right the first try they'll catch worse and ache. I'm good at finding the right angle though. And my ankles catch when I flex dorsally, which I do intentionally because the relief is at the extent of that range of motion. They catch when my heel is stretched downward and my foot stretched up. However I can't stretch or even touch the bottom of my feet because they are sensitive and fragile. The tendons under the arch and along the length of each foot can easily get pulled which is painful and debilitating, requiring a long recovery. My shoulders pop in connection with my neck, so I'll stretch a shoulder blade (the blade not the deltoid area) and it releases pressure on part of my neck, making a pop come available in the cervical vertebrae. This unconscious roadmap of connections has embedded itself into my daily life so that I'm always maintaining a level of relief.

My days are a symphony of popping. I have to constantly adjust for new angles, and sitting in one position is a nightmare. I'm a terrible fidgeter due to this. If I sit next to someone they think I'm telling them to move when all I'm doing is adjusting my hips or resetting my back. But the worst part is that I never knew what this condition was (I still don't really know, I just know the common cause is this drug), and I can't get any help for it. I just manage.

In the last year or two I've been having severe headaches in the evening. It happens light or dark, hot or cold, humid or dry.

To be honest, I would take back the acne in a heartbeat. I'm unable to walk in stores with hard floors or go to the mall or walk at festivals, I can't take standing jobs, I hate sleeping in the same bed with women because I fidget for an hour before falling asleep, I can't dance or jump around without damaging a joint which can wreck my precarious exercise regimen, and I can only lightly row and bicycle for exercise (swimming pops my shoulders, running is impossible, rowing fast stretches my elbows and knees, and cycling fast compresses my elbows and knees). Accutane has impacted every part of my life and I would turn back the clock if possible. I complained a couple times about zits as a teenager and this is what I got instead. I can't find any cosmic justice in that.

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I'm 2 weeks into month 4 and I'm still breaking out.

I'm still getting white heads and recently started to get blackheads which I never got before I took accutane.

My face is covered in red marks, and my face just looks a LOT worse.. I'm also feeling VERY depressed which u have fine through your my course, i think taking accutane might have been my worse decision yet.. I'm feeling more paranoid than ever about my face + carnt even look people in the eye and I hate looking in the mirror :\

Also when I wash my face it always always makes my face look worse. Iv got every single cleanser + moisurizer there is and everything makes it look worse and red, when I don't wash or put anything on my face it looks slightly better but then it's covered in dry skin

I'm 2 weeks into month 4 and I'm still breaking out.

I'm still getting white heads and recently started to get blackheads which I never got before I took accutane.

My face is covered in red marks, and my face just looks a LOT worse.. I'm also feeling VERY depressed which u have fine through your my course, i think taking accutane might have been my worse decision yet.. I'm feeling more paranoid than ever about my face + carnt even look people in the eye and I hate looking in the mirror :\

Also when I wash my face it always always makes my face look worse. Iv got every single cleanser + moisurizer there is and everything makes it look worse and red, when I don't wash or put anything on my face it looks slightly better but then it's covered in dry skin

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I'm 2 weeks into month 4 and I'm still breaking out.

I'm still getting white heads and recently started to get blackheads which I never got before I took accutane.

My face is covered in red marks, and my face just looks a LOT worse.. I'm also feeling VERY depressed which u have fine through your my course, i think taking accutane might have been my worse decision yet.. I'm feeling more paranoid than ever about my face + carnt even look people in the eye and I hate looking in the mirror :\

Also when I wash my face it always always makes my face look worse. Iv got every single cleanser + moisurizer there is and everything makes it look worse and red, when I don't wash or put anything on my face it looks slightly better but then it's covered in dry skin

I'm 2 weeks into month 4 and I'm still breaking out.

I'm still getting white heads and recently started to get blackheads which I never got before I took accutane.

My face is covered in red marks, and my face just looks a LOT worse.. I'm also feeling VERY depressed which u have fine through your my course, i think taking accutane might have been my worse decision yet.. I'm feeling more paranoid than ever about my face + carnt even look people in the eye and I hate looking in the mirror :\

Also when I wash my face it always always makes my face look worse. Iv got every single cleanser + moisurizer there is and everything makes it look worse and red, when I don't wash or put anything on my face it looks slightly better but then it's covered in dry skin

PLEASE STOP TAKING IT NOW

I'm 2 weeks into month 4 and I'm still breaking out.

I'm still getting white heads and recently started to get blackheads which I never got before I took accutane.

My face is covered in red marks, and my face just looks a LOT worse.. I'm also feeling VERY depressed which u have fine through your my course, i think taking accutane might have been my worse decision yet.. I'm feeling more paranoid than ever about my face + carnt even look people in the eye and I hate looking in the mirror :\

Also when I wash my face it always always makes my face look worse. Iv got every single cleanser + moisurizer there is and everything makes it look worse and red, when I don't wash or put anything on my face it looks slightly better but then it's covered in dry skin

I'm 2 weeks into month 4 and I'm still breaking out.

I'm still getting white heads and recently started to get blackheads which I never got before I took accutane.

My face is covered in red marks, and my face just looks a LOT worse.. I'm also feeling VERY depressed which u have fine through your my course, i think taking accutane might have been my worse decision yet.. I'm feeling more paranoid than ever about my face + carnt even look people in the eye and I hate looking in the mirror :\

Also when I wash my face it always always makes my face look worse. Iv got every single cleanser + moisurizer there is and everything makes it look worse and red, when I don't wash or put anything on my face it looks slightly better but then it's covered in dry skin

PLEASE STOP TAKING IT NOW

http://www.acne.org/messageboard/gallery/member/187201-livetoregret/

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Just finished five months at 80mg a day. Have to say I am pretty pissed. I started with mild yet consistent acne, on my face. Now that I'm done, I can definitely say that accutane made my skin so much worse than before I started. The initial breakout was so horrible and lasted until halfway through month four. It left my entire back, neck, chest, and face covered in red marks. On top of this, I still am getting new cysts on my back!!! I've never had a cyst before taking accutane. Overall a waste of 5 months of my life.

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Anyone that is suffering after taking this drug-

Accutane is toxic to our bodies in so many ways, please sign this petition to bring attention to withdraw this drug from sale and initiate research and hopefully a cure to our side effects some day-

http://www.change.org/petitions/tell-roche-pharmaceuticals-give-us-the-truth-about-accutane

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I was on Claravis 60mg & 40mg almost 2 years ago for 8 months. It's a hit and miss for me. I had super dry skin & lips, weak nails, back and joint pain, depression & very dry eyes (which eventually led to me wearing glasses because my eye sight got bad). It did clear out my skin and now I still get breakouts but not as bad. The consequence after 2 years sucks though because I still have back pain, dry lips and eyes and I can't focus as well anymore.

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I'm 2 weeks into month 4 and I'm still breaking out.

I'm still getting white heads and recently started to get blackheads which I never got before I took accutane.

My face is covered in red marks, and my face just looks a LOT worse.. I'm also feeling VERY depressed which u have fine through your my course, i think taking accutane might have been my worse decision yet.. I'm feeling more paranoid than ever about my face + carnt even look people in the eye and I hate looking in the mirror :\

Also when I wash my face it always always makes my face look worse. Iv got every single cleanser + moisurizer there is and everything makes it look worse and red, when I don't wash or put anything on my face it looks slightly better but then it's covered in dry skin

I'm 2 weeks into month 4 and I'm still breaking out.

I'm still getting white heads and recently started to get blackheads which I never got before I took accutane.

My face is covered in red marks, and my face just looks a LOT worse.. I'm also feeling VERY depressed which u have fine through your my course, i think taking accutane might have been my worse decision yet.. I'm feeling more paranoid than ever about my face + carnt even look people in the eye and I hate looking in the mirror :\

Also when I wash my face it always always makes my face look worse. Iv got every single cleanser + moisurizer there is and everything makes it look worse and red, when I don't wash or put anything on my face it looks slightly better but then it's covered in dry skin

Try washing your face with spring water (bottled), not tap water as that might be aggravating your condition. Your skin will feel a lot smoother and less irritated.


Current regimen: garlic supplements [as needed], Enzymedica gluten blocker [as needed], nicadan [not sure if it works yet]. I try to simplify as much as I can. Don't take more supplements than you need....try one at a time and be patient.

The supplements that really helped me when my acne was at its worst: inositol, DIM [not as frequently now!] digestive enzymes [don't need them every day anymore, only on cheat days], herpanacine & vitamin C with rose hips/ low acid [not every day], regular sun exposure for vitamin D3, superoxide dismutase (SOD) enzyme supplements. NOTE: I do not recommend DIM for long term use, and I do not recommend hormonal creams without doctor supervision.

Lifestyle & Skin Care: acupuncture, regular exercise/ yoga, low histamine diet, avoiding unnecessary stress, balancing skin's PH (using Image Ormedics), using distilled/ filtered water to wash face, occasional high frequency facials...

 

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** If you have a question for me, please ask it publicly so that others can benefit from the discussion**

 

 


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