Posted 31 October 2011 - 07:57 PM
Ever since middle school, I have suffered from pretty severe cystic acne. My mood is largely based on how bad the cysts on my face are. When I get cystic acne, I get it bad. Recently I was suffering from a cyst on my forehead the size of a golf ball! These have cysts have made me suicidal in the past, and usually throw me in an extreme depression.
So that's my acne situation, and I was prescribed accutane and can pick it up tomorrow. I am having second thoughts about taking it. I have moderately bad dry eyes, and I am scared that this drug will cause my dry eyes to get worse even after I am done taking the drug. I have read so many horror stories and people warning others about this medication. The potentially permanent side effects are what scare me the most. I do not want to live my life with something that could be prevented from not taking accutane.
So here I am, torn. I want to get rid of my cystic acne more than anything; but at the same time I don't want to ruin my life to get rid of my acne. Any thoughts or input? Is there any way I could take the medicine safely? Thank you.
Posted 31 October 2011 - 09:41 PM
Posted 31 October 2011 - 10:16 PM
I agree with the fact that acne can ruin your life big time. However, are there other alternatives that you have looked at before going for Accutane? Maybe you can take a look at the Nutrition and Holistic section to see natural treatments before you go down the Accutance path.
Posted 31 October 2011 - 11:59 PM
I worry about the accutane so much... but I can't keep living with these cysts. I try to avoid people as much as possible when I get them. It makes me so sad that I have this choice. It could potentially make my life a ton better or a lot worse. It's like playing russian roulette.
Posted 01 November 2011 - 06:10 AM
ive freaked out a bit by reading the side effects... but i think i will take the risk and try it out. It might not be that bad after all.. and at least i can say that i tried every possible route.
should get the go ahead today if all blood work is ok .. to go buy the first packet and start accutane tonight.
Posted 01 November 2011 - 06:49 AM
People here will definitely give you mixed reviews on it. Some of them would have signed up to warn people about the more serious side effects, but there are also many, many people here who have completed their courses and they just don't come back because they don't need to anymore.
Ultimately, the choice is yours, but please don't psych yourself out, and don't read too many of the horror stories here because absolutely everybody is different. I will however tell you now that if you have severe cystic acne, you'll be worked up to a higher dose and your eyes will be dry. There's nothing you can do to stop that except get some good eye drops and keep them handy for when you need them. If you wear contacts, you'll need to switch to glasses just while you're on Accutane.
If you're ever really frightened, please call your dermatologist's office. You're under their care and you're well within your rights if you have questions or concerns.
I'm on Accutane at the moment, my second month now, and I'm fine. My skin is dry, my lips are dry, my eyes aren't too bad, but that's it. I don't have any other horrible side effects.
Posted 01 November 2011 - 08:06 AM
Posted 01 November 2011 - 01:16 PM