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#41 bodyandsoul

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Posted 10 August 2012 - 01:29 PM

Summer, so happy you're able to continue taking accutane! I know your dosage increase will go fine. My bump from 40 to 60 has been uneventful so far!

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Moderate-severe cystic facial acne


Claravis start date: 7/6/12

Month 1: 40mg

Month 2: 60mg

Month 3: 60mg

Month 4: 60mg

Month 5: 60mg

Month 6?: 60mg

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 08:14 AM

Summer, so happy you're able to continue taking accutane! I know your dosage increase will go fine. My bump from 40 to 60 has been uneventful so far!


Thank you for the encouragement! I needed it today. :) Very glad to know your increase has been uneventful!

Female, 39 years old

moderate to severe cystic facial acne

particularly jawline, chin, neck (off/on last 15 years)


start date: 6/5/12

Month 1: 20mg - Claravis

Month 2: 20mg - Myorisan

Month 3: 40mg (20mg/2x day) - Myorisan

Month 4: - 40mg - Myorisan

Month 5: ?

Month 6: ?


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Posted 15 August 2012 - 06:54 PM

Five days in to my doubled up dose. Noticing a rash all around my neck and collarbone. Very itchy and red. Could this be related? Is it something that will subside as I get used to this new dose? I hope so. :(

Female, 39 years old

moderate to severe cystic facial acne

particularly jawline, chin, neck (off/on last 15 years)


start date: 6/5/12

Month 1: 20mg - Claravis

Month 2: 20mg - Myorisan

Month 3: 40mg (20mg/2x day) - Myorisan

Month 4: - 40mg - Myorisan

Month 5: ?

Month 6: ?


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Posted 15 August 2012 - 07:23 PM

Summer I bet it's related to the dosage increase. Try to be patient as I think it will subside as your body adjusts. And drink more water!

Im 11 days into my dosage increase and I think its kicking up my breakouts. :/

Hang in there. Contact your Derm if your rash doesn't calm down.

Female / 30 years old / 117lbs / 5'4"

Moderate-severe cystic facial acne


Claravis start date: 7/6/12

Month 1: 40mg

Month 2: 60mg

Month 3: 60mg

Month 4: 60mg

Month 5: 60mg

Month 6?: 60mg

My Isotretinoin Log


Supplements: Fish Oil, Milk Thistle, Vitamin E, Vitamin D, Probiotics


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Posted 16 August 2012 - 04:35 AM

Summer I bet it's related to the dosage increase. Try to be patient as I think it will subside as your body adjusts. And drink more water!

Im 11 days into my dosage increase and I think its kicking up my breakouts. :/

Hang in there. Contact your Derm if your rash doesn't calm down.


Thank you! Besides an increase in breakouts, how has the dosage increase gone for you? Everything else about the same?

Female, 39 years old

moderate to severe cystic facial acne

particularly jawline, chin, neck (off/on last 15 years)


start date: 6/5/12

Month 1: 20mg - Claravis

Month 2: 20mg - Myorisan

Month 3: 40mg (20mg/2x day) - Myorisan

Month 4: - 40mg - Myorisan

Month 5: ?

Month 6: ?


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Posted 16 August 2012 - 07:42 AM

Nothing else new really....just seem to be going through a breakout phase again. How is your rash today? Make sure you moisturize it...that helped me when I started with rashes at the beginning of my course.

Female / 30 years old / 117lbs / 5'4"

Moderate-severe cystic facial acne


Claravis start date: 7/6/12

Month 1: 40mg

Month 2: 60mg

Month 3: 60mg

Month 4: 60mg

Month 5: 60mg

Month 6?: 60mg

My Isotretinoin Log


Supplements: Fish Oil, Milk Thistle, Vitamin E, Vitamin D, Probiotics


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Posted 16 August 2012 - 03:17 PM

Rash = itchy & red. Called Derm - "it's probably eczema" - whaaaat? Never had that before in my life. Great. So she called in yet another script to combat that side effect. :(

I will moisturize. Thank you for the suggestion!

Feeling very down about this journey.

Current side effects in order of severity:
  • Extreme lethargy
  • Chronic constipation
  • Sore joints & back
  • Hair falling out (not noticable to the outside world but my bathroom floor needs daily sweeping!)
  • Lips - crack, hurt, constant peeling
  • New: eczema like rash on neck/collarbone
  • Random headaches
  • Dry hair
  • Red face

Oh my word. I need a reality check. I'm only in month 3. Can I put my body through 3 1/2 more months of this?

The good stuff:
My skin is about 95% clear. It hasn't been this clear in years. The breakouts I do get are "normal" - meaning, they are not gigantic bubble-like cysts under my skin on my chin that sit there for weeks and weeks on end. They pop up but heal relatively quickly. I can count on one hand the new breakouts that have appeared in the last month. YES! That is progress. This is what I signed on for.

Cost-Benefit Analysis. Is it worth it?

I think I need some outside perspective...

Female, 39 years old

moderate to severe cystic facial acne

particularly jawline, chin, neck (off/on last 15 years)


start date: 6/5/12

Month 1: 20mg - Claravis

Month 2: 20mg - Myorisan

Month 3: 40mg (20mg/2x day) - Myorisan

Month 4: - 40mg - Myorisan

Month 5: ?

Month 6: ?


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Posted 17 August 2012 - 01:29 PM

WORTH IT!!!!

That is my vote anyway! As for the eczema… I am using Eucerin Calming Cream

http://www.target.co...oz/-/A-11016470

I use this in the AM and then again in the PM…. and then I put shea butter on my hands, feet, knees, and elbows. I am only 2 weeks into accutane but I am doing everything in my power to fight potential side affects before I get them. I was told this cream was great from my derm. So far so good.

Cracking Lips--- I read on another log that you could put generic hydrocortisone cream on your lips over night and it would pretty much cure them… then pile the aquifer on as much as possible. I bought myself a tube just in case I got a crack and didn't feel like running to the store.

Shadylee- I know waiting the 30 days sucks… I used the 30 days to start combating any potential side affects before even starting my first pill! I changed my supplements, started moisturizing, and piling on the aquifer- so far so good. I'm 31 and very very active- so I really am trying to avoid any side affects that will affect my active lifestyle.

Summer hang in there!!!! This could be the miracle cure you have been waiting on!

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Posted 17 August 2012 - 06:35 PM

WORTH IT!!!!

That is my vote anyway! As for the eczema… I am using Eucerin Calming Cream

http://www.target.co...oz/-/A-11016470

I use this in the AM and then again in the PM…. and then I put shea butter on my hands, feet, knees, and elbows. I am only 2 weeks into accutane but I am doing everything in my power to fight potential side affects before I get them. I was told this cream was great from my derm. So far so good.

Cracking Lips--- I read on another log that you could put generic hydrocortisone cream on your lips over night and it would pretty much cure them… then pile the aquifer on as much as possible. I bought myself a tube just in case I got a crack and didn't feel like running to the store.

Shadylee- I know waiting the 30 days sucks… I used the 30 days to start combating any potential side affects before even starting my first pill! I changed my supplements, started moisturizing, and piling on the aquifer- so far so good. I'm 31 and very very active- so I really am trying to avoid any side affects that will affect my active lifestyle.

Summer hang in there!!!! This could be the miracle cure you have been waiting on!


Zodistar:

Thanks so much! I really needed that boost. :)

Sounds like your journey is off to a great start!

Female, 39 years old

moderate to severe cystic facial acne

particularly jawline, chin, neck (off/on last 15 years)


start date: 6/5/12

Month 1: 20mg - Claravis

Month 2: 20mg - Myorisan

Month 3: 40mg (20mg/2x day) - Myorisan

Month 4: - 40mg - Myorisan

Month 5: ?

Month 6: ?


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Posted 19 August 2012 - 07:43 AM

Oh Summer, so sorry you're having a tough time right now. Only you know your body but I think you can push through this. I really think that your body will adjust after being on the dosage increase for a little bit of time...then the side effects will calm down. Keep moisturizing and drinking lots of water!

I still love my lanolin for my lips - it may be worth a try!

You're going to have clear skin at the end of all of this and it's going to make you so confident and happy!

Female / 30 years old / 117lbs / 5'4"

Moderate-severe cystic facial acne


Claravis start date: 7/6/12

Month 1: 40mg

Month 2: 60mg

Month 3: 60mg

Month 4: 60mg

Month 5: 60mg

Month 6?: 60mg

My Isotretinoin Log


Supplements: Fish Oil, Milk Thistle, Vitamin E, Vitamin D, Probiotics


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Posted 19 August 2012 - 11:43 AM

Rash = itchy & red. Called Derm - "it's probably eczema" - whaaaat? Never had that before in my life. Great. So she called in yet another script to combat that side effect. Posted Image

I will moisturize. Thank you for the suggestion!

Feeling very down about this journey.

Current side effects in order of severity:

  • Extreme lethargy
  • Chronic constipation
  • Sore joints & back
  • Hair falling out (not noticable to the outside world but my bathroom floor needs daily sweeping!)
  • Lips - crack, hurt, constant peeling
  • New: eczema like rash on neck/collarbone
  • Random headaches
  • Dry hair
  • Red face
Oh my word. I need a reality check. I'm only in month 3. Can I put my body through 3 1/2 more months of this?

The good stuff:
My skin is about 95% clear. It hasn't been this clear in years. The breakouts I do get are "normal" - meaning, they are not gigantic bubble-like cysts under my skin on my chin that sit there for weeks and weeks on end. They pop up but heal relatively quickly. I can count on one hand the new breakouts that have appeared in the last month. YES! That is progress. This is what I signed on for.

Cost-Benefit Analysis. Is it worth it?

I think I need some outside perspective...


Awww Summer, I'm so sorry you're experiencing these side effects :( It must be so hard but if you came off the accutane and a few months down the line your skin got worse again, you'd be gutted you hadn't stayed on the accutane. You've come this far so aslong as your not harming yourself in the long run, keep at it!

Here's to accutane making me a happier person!


Month 1: 30mg

Month 2: 70mg

Month 3: 70mg

Month 4: 70mg


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Moisturisers - E45 Cream & Oilatum Natural Repair Face Cream

Lips - Nivea Essential Care Lip Balm (amazing!)

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 04:55 PM

Thank you, both, so much! I have been struggling so and at the same time, very much wanting to hang in there. I do feel I want to try to push through. I just cannot believe how tired I am with AM & PM dosing. Almost wonder if I would be better off doing one dose a day. I'm going to try to get through this month and discuss at the next appt - Sept 10th - almost around the corner! Thanks for the pep talk! :)

Female, 39 years old

moderate to severe cystic facial acne

particularly jawline, chin, neck (off/on last 15 years)


start date: 6/5/12

Month 1: 20mg - Claravis

Month 2: 20mg - Myorisan

Month 3: 40mg (20mg/2x day) - Myorisan

Month 4: - 40mg - Myorisan

Month 5: ?

Month 6: ?


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Posted 25 August 2012 - 05:21 AM

Month 3. Day 79.

Two weeks to go until I have completed my third month. I am happy I stuck with it. I am getting used to the increase. Being tired is the most intense side effect. Next derm is 9/10. I will keep on keeping on. I'm able to go several days without washing my hair which is so strange to me. Still looks like dry straw no matter what. Even after intense deep conditioning. My face is really red but healing. I am not liking the split dose but will keep things as they are until I go back.

Female, 39 years old

moderate to severe cystic facial acne

particularly jawline, chin, neck (off/on last 15 years)


start date: 6/5/12

Month 1: 20mg - Claravis

Month 2: 20mg - Myorisan

Month 3: 40mg (20mg/2x day) - Myorisan

Month 4: - 40mg - Myorisan

Month 5: ?

Month 6: ?


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Posted 25 August 2012 - 10:51 AM

Month 3. Day 79.

Two weeks to go until I have completed my third month. I am happy I stuck with it. I am getting used to the increase. Being tired is the most intense side effect. Next derm is 9/10. I will keep on keeping on. I'm able to go several days without washing my hair which is so strange to me. Still looks like dry straw no matter what. Even after intense deep conditioning. My face is really red but healing. I am not liking the split dose but will keep things as they are until I go back.

hi summer! i am always tired too! its so annoying bc usually im quite active..now i go to work, come home and lay on the couch..ughhh..right now i'm sitting in my bed trying to get the energy to do errands..wahhh...it truly is the most annoying side effect for me so far..

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Posted 10 September 2012 - 06:30 PM

Day 95. Monthly derm appt done. Bloodwork fine. Doc feels my results are good enough that she won't increase my dose now, as my body is clearly hypersensitive to all medications. 40mg is a small dose, yes, but for me, it seems to be all I can tolerate. She isn't sure at this point if we'll go for 5 or 6 months given my low dose, but I've made it this far so I will do whatever she thinks is best.

I haven't been on here much because I haven't been thinking about my skin. It's clear. I've only had one zit in a month and it was just a minor blemish. As a result of this AMAZING progress, I've been getting back into life. I've spent so much of the last few years hiding from life. Missing out on social events. Hibernating. Barely interacting with my spouse, let alone other friends and coworkers. Slowly, I feel like I'm coming out of a shell and my confidence is increasing. Trust me, I'm not being too dramatic by saying this is a miracle. I'm so grateful. ALL of the side effects are worth it.

Beginning of month 4! Hells yeah.:)

Female, 39 years old

moderate to severe cystic facial acne

particularly jawline, chin, neck (off/on last 15 years)


start date: 6/5/12

Month 1: 20mg - Claravis

Month 2: 20mg - Myorisan

Month 3: 40mg (20mg/2x day) - Myorisan

Month 4: - 40mg - Myorisan

Month 5: ?

Month 6: ?