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#41 budah

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Posted 22 September 2013 - 12:27 PM

What mg did you take? I just started 30mg for 5 months. And I know this is considered a low dose treatment so I'm curious as to what you took.

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Posted 18 November 2013 - 08:48 PM

I had a pretty similar experience the first time i took acutane (2 years ago) except my miracle month was number 5. I stayed clear for 1 year then the acne came on slowly and mildly at first but now its back full throttle again so I've started using acutane again. I'm now on day 5... I have a long way to go but it's the only thing that's ever worked for me so I trust this product a lot.
I wanted to comment just to give you some quick advice. If you happen to find yourself with acne showing up again (which it might about a year after your first treatment) my advice to take acutane again as soon as you can! I waited too long thinking it would go away by itself. I wish I would have taken it again as soon as the acne came back mild but now it's real bad again so i'm starting all over again. The good news is that likely after the second treatment, acne should not make a reappearance sometimes 2 times is the charm... hoepefully not 3.



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Posted 12 January 2014 - 04:53 AM

AccutaneInMyBrain, thanks so much for this post.  I've bookmarked it & read it again from time to time to keep my hopes up. 

 

I'm 27 years old and I'm on day 38 of my 40mg/day Decutan course.  (This is my second course.  I had went through another course back when I was about 14 years old, but apparently it hadn't worked as well as was hoped smile.png)  My dermatologist now also prescribed Dalacin 150mg tablets for the first 6 weeks, in order to keep down any flare ups that are expected in the first few weeks.

 

I just received my first blood test results (4 weeks into the treatment), and my cholesterol spiked up by about 20% (which apparently is expected when taking this drug).  The result says 5.38 mmol/l, and the "normal" range is 2.0 to 5.0.  What is worrying me the most, however, is my potassium level which soared dramatically from a normal 4.14 mmol/l to 5.76 mmol/l, which is considered high up in the caution zone.  There's a chance this could be an invalid blood sample, so I'm considering taking another test before seeing my dermatologist to double check.  The rest of the result values seem okay.  

 

Anyways, it'd be great if you (or anyone) has anything to share regarding your blood test results during treatment.  I think this is essential to keeping one's mind re-assured that everything's as expected during treatment.  Thanks again, & good luck to everyone!


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#44 AccutaneInMyBrain

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Posted 28 April 2014 - 05:14 AM

Hey there, sorry for not responding sooner but its been a while since I've been on here. My blood tests were perfectly normal every time. Just make sure to be careful if they're coming back abnormal.

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Posted 28 April 2014 - 05:45 AM

Great read... since that post was a couple years ago now, how is your skin doing?

 

I'm middle of month 3 and it's only this week that I start to see the turn around... Although a little white head sprouted on my face overnight, the dryness is gone (except the lips) and skin is feeling a bit shiny and new. I hope my results are as good as yours.


I need to have a look for this Aquaphor, i hadn't heard of it or seen it around!



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Posted 04 May 2014 - 06:00 AM

Thanks for your reply AccutaneInMyBrain.  I re-checked the tests & it seems it was a false positive.  Apparently potassium level tests are unreliable occasionally.

 

LyannaStark, I'm using Aquaphor w/ Sunscreen.  Link here.  It's a good moisturiser & has SPF30  protection from the sun.  Apart from moisturising, the sunscreen helps since Isotretinion makes you more sensitive to sunlight.  In my case, it also helps prevent cold sores caused by sun exposure.  

 

My lips need to be constantly drenched in Aquaphor (or Cicaplast Lip Barrier Repairing Balm, which I use alternatively).  As soon as I wipe it off my lips  (after eating, drinking, etc), my lips get extremely dry & start burning.  This started to happen about 3 months into my course.  Before that, my lips were okay, just mildly dry.  Sometimes I even get small blisters across my lips, which at first I thought were cold sores.  I even treated them like it was cold sores, only to realise they weren't after 2 weeks without improvement.  They faded eventually just by moisturising, but they do re-appear from time to time.

 

I'm in month 5 now.  Acne is pretty much clear, but I still have a lot of redness & scars.  I'm hoping these will fade once I've completed the course.  I also developed a cellulitis infection on my scalp half-way through the course, for which my dermatologist prescribed strong doses of antibiotics.  It's been 3 months with this infection & it's been a nightmare.  I'm hoping it will heal soon.

 

Anyway, good luck to everyone.  I'll give an update once everything is over.



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Posted 15 June 2014 - 11:36 AM

Hey brother, I'm on my third month... I don't breakout hardly ever anymore. Just the occasional little pimple once in a great while. My skin is so smooth to my touch compared to months earlier when it was horrendous! ..but it's still red and there's still the deep red marks and patches of skin from all the acne before, is this normal? I'm just waiting for it to heal up and return to it's normal color- frustrating! Do you know what I mean? Also just wondering if you could post any before and after pictures

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Posted 15 June 2014 - 11:43 AM

I hardly ever break out, and my skin is smooth to the touch! ..but it's still so red and there's still much affected dark redness from previous breakouts and doesn't look good

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Posted 17 June 2014 - 02:15 AM

I hardly ever break out, and my skin is smooth to the touch! ..but it's still so red and there's still much affected dark redness from previous breakouts and doesn't look good

 

Mine is like yours. Smooth but redness is still pretty bad. At least no active pimples though!! hifive.gif



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Posted 20 November 2014 - 10:02 AM

Hey there lynna and light, again sorry for such the late response but I only visit the site infrequently nowadays. I'm glad you guys could answer each other's questions though. 2 1/2 years later, and I am happy to say I'm still acne free, but my update will be to a slightly different tune than my usual accutane praise today. Although I am acne free, it did come at a cost. I continually experience dry lips and eyes, almost every day. And on top of that, my hair is dramatically thinner and drier. I've had increased stomach pains and forming ulcers. If I could go back and do accutane again, I'm not as sure as I used to be that I would. Long term health vs clear skin is something to not take for granted.

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Posted 07 January 2015 - 06:31 PM

Hello again everybody.  This is probably going to be the last update I do considering it's now been 3 years since I started Accutane and I don't think any other side effects are going to present themselves at this point. (It should be known, however, that I do get nostalgic so don't be too surprised if I show up in this post at some point...)

 

This isn't a usual update with my current side effects or progress, it's pretty much all out there already. Instead, I wanted to thank everybody that took the time to read this post. I spent a lot of time on it because I know how much acne can impact somebody's life and it was unfortunately a very large important part of my life for a long time.

 

I created this post because I just wanted to reach out to or help at least one person that is dealing with the same things I was. After looking at this post today, I was shocked to see almost 20,000 views as well as all the comments and responses I'v received from people. I never would have thought that it would have even reached that many people. And I really do love getting the feedback and responses from you guys, it makes this real and I appreciate it.  I hope everybody I've talked to has conquered acne and found peace with themselves in one way or another, you guys were all very nice, appreciative, and supportive and again it all did mean a lot.

 

Good luck to everybody on their own journey.

 

Goodbye for now.



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Posted 14 January 2015 - 02:21 AM

Hi, I just started taking Accutane. I am just on my third day so yeah, I'm a newbie.

 

I am inspired by your post and by everyone's comments and encouragement. I hope we'll all be successful in getting rid of the acne.



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Posted 14 January 2015 - 12:04 PM

Hello! Thank you so much for this very informative post!!

I actually just started & am on my 2nd week of Myorisan (generic)

Idk if you still get on this but I wanted to ask some questions on the long term side effects.

 

How severe are your dry eyes/lips?

What happened with your stomach & how common is that?

Have you have any breakouts since you've been off accutane?

Have all your box scars faded away?



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Posted 24 January 2015 - 08:23 AM

Hi,

 

I'm on 20mg/day in Month 5. I saw signifiant improvement in mid Month 4, however in the past week I've been breaking out, although not as badly pre-accutane. It seems like the existing whiteheads are getting inflamed and coming to a head now, but I've also been breaking out in places that were previously already clear. 

 

Does anyone have similar experience? I'm afraid that my skin would continue to deteriorate. I thought being so far along in my treatment I would stop breaking out. sad.png The little confidence I gained when my skin improved is at an all-time low again.

 

Please share if you have anything that could help me out!



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Posted 09 February 2015 - 10:02 PM

Hi,

 

i have only just recently started taking 80mg/day and I'm on my 10 month. Only 3 months left for course of oratane. My skin previously was very sensitive to the sun, but in the first couple of months of taking oratane i could feel even the street lamps burning me, and it wasn't evident till i got home most nights, as i felt that was the best time to walk (to keep my fitness in check), that i realised i was even sensitive to the street lamps. Although, my derma had me on prednisone an anti-inflammatory, and bactrim an antibacterrial drug, to null the initial effects of oratane in the first couple of weeks at the beginning due to having severe acne all over my face, neck, shoulders, back, chest, lower back, butt cheeks, and in places that im not going to mention. But since taking oratane i have seen a massive improvement, sure enough i still have just a minor amount of scarring, i am more than keen to see what its going to be like after i finish taking oratane. However i too regret not taking it sooner, it has changed my life for the better. All i hope is that the scarring, which is predominantly surface, and boxcar scarring, all heals up. I had a friend mention to me that rosehip oil is an utter miracle and it really is. It has helped my skin considerably regain its elasticity, and reduce the amount of scarring across my face and shoulders, and i still havent finished my course of oratane as of yet. I repeat 10 months in, 3 months to go.

 

@AccutaneInMyBrain: I really hope i experience the same effects post-oratane as you have man. So keen, all down hill from here.



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Posted 01 March 2015 - 10:01 PM

Hello! Thank you so much for this very informative post!!

I actually just started & am on my 2nd week of Myorisan (generic)

Idk if you still get on this but I wanted to ask some questions on the long term side effects.

 

How severe are your dry eyes/lips?

What happened with your stomach & how common is that?

Have you have any breakouts since you've been off accutane?

Have all your box scars faded away?

How severe are your dry eyes/lips?

     Only bad when I wear contacts for my eyes. Besides that unnoticeable.  The lips get chapped in cold weather immediately but otherwise just a little dry most of the time.

What happened with your stomach & how common is that?

     I ended up forming 2 very small and premature ulcers in my stomach, and it is basically nonexistent in side effects percentages with accutane. Could have been genetical, but who knows, the timing is very fishy with a 19 year old getting 2 ulcers after 3 months of Accutane...

Have you have any breakouts since you've been off accutane?

    Not breakouts, but I get a few pimples sometimes that will appear on my neck or lower jaw. The best part about post-Accutane me though is that when I do get a pimple, I'm not even tempted to pop it because I know it will be gone and dried out in less than a day (its really nice!).

Have all your box scars faded away?

  Yes. cool.png 



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Posted 03 May 2015 - 10:08 AM

I'm so happy for you! I know how you feel. You're story has definitely given my som hope. I'm at week 8/20 & my initial breakout was by far the worst acne I have ever had. My acne without accutane had never been that bad. Everyone stared & I got the occasional "omg what's wrong with your face?!?". I got over it. Now I have a forehead that has redness & scars that look & are hopefully temporary. I'm just worried they won't go away:/ and for side effects, I honestly can say that it doesn't bother me that much. I find it very manageable.


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