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#1 Livetoregret

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    Takin this drug has been the worst decision I have ever made and I have regretted it every day since.
    Doseage: 60:40 mg alternating daily for 11/12 months
    Sideffects:None till course was over.
    Now - SEVERE dry/brittle hair.
    HAIRLOSS - lost at least 70% and continues...acne came back in July, worse than I ever suffered from it. I now have back, chest, neck & cheeks that are covered.
    So now Im bone dry with no natural hydration with horrific acne. As a 31 YO woman with now destroyed skin & hair.
    My side effects include: Chronic Dry mouth
    Severe dry,tight,dehydrated, ashy,mottled,discolored (yellow & red),wrinkled,scarred poorly healing skin
    Facial fat atrophy - fatloss. Hollow eyes & cheeks
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Posted 30 October 2012 - 10:50 PM

I was prescribed a cumulative dosage of around 14 000 mg over 11 months finishing Nov 2010.
I had only minor acne, hormonal and persistent.


I weigh 54kg./ = 266.67 mg per kg and am suffering severe side effects since including:

Severe dry hair & hair loss - well over 70% and continuing. No regrowth 18 mnths later
massive skin issues - severe dry,tight ashy skin, painful, subcutaneous fat loss
brittle nails
joint problems
sleep disturbance
dry mouth, nose etc

Has anyone ever heard of being prescribed such a dose?

can anyone offer me some advice, please I am desperate to reverse these side effects

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 08:18 AM

Hun, i am sorry that you are going through this- it sucks, no doubt about it. By focusing your energies on why you were prescribed such a high dose will not solve your issue or even remotely make you feel better so sometimes it is better to accept that what is done is done. Moving forward, my recommendation to you is to see either your GP or a holistic doctor that may be able to help you heal your body and in turn heal the symptoms you are suffering. Fixating on this day in and day out will only contribute to negative feelings which will in turn have detremental effects on your body.

I think in a PM to you i made some dietary recommendations.

Despite your best efforts, you may not get your body back to where it was before but you will be headed in the right direction.
Go out and live.......i am in NY and we just made it through Hurricaine Sandy and let me tell you, to see people that have lost their homes, their livelihoods and some, their lives it puts thigs in perspective for me......no moment of life should be wasted and spent wallowing. Once in a while is ok, day in and day out is not. I struggle with this but i am making a conscious effort to change this.

If you ever need to chat, feel free to PM me.

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 08:37 AM

That's messed up :( I'm sorry.

> Severe dry hair & hair loss - well over 70% and continuing. No regrowth 18 mnths later
> dry mouth, nose & skin

Some women experience balding just like men, well, except that it usually affects their whole heads, not just the top. And chances are high that if this didn't start on Accutane, that it's not a side effect of the drug. I would recommend taking zinc and taurine (e.g. inneov) for this. Ketoconazole shampoo (e.g. nizoral) every 3 days can help, too. Be sure to use conditioner whenever you get the chance. You should also be able to get some kind of lotion specially formulated for the scalp. Ask for something like that at your local drugstore. Also, try to eat lots of sunflower seeds. They're really good for your skin and hair. Obviously, be sure to drink lots of water, too (but NOT tea or coffee).

> sleep disturbance

Have you tried melatonin, moving your bed, and going to sleep earlier?

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 03:44 PM

Hi there

You were given a very high dose and you are obviously suffering with long term side effects. Have you been back to your dermatologist and explained your problems? Professionals will say that the medicine does not cause long term side effects but the evidence in peoples postings on various websites and my own experiences contradicts this. It is also highly likely that some professional people post replies on websites reassuring sufferers that their symptoms have nothing to do with side effects of the medicine. They either do this to ease their own consciences or because they actuallt will not see what is right in front of them. Medicine can cause long term side effects! I believe that some people go through a withdrawal process when they stop taking this medicine. The side effects can last several years. I agree with Sasch83 that your GP or a holistic doctor may be able to help you. An Osteopath or Chiropractor can definately help with your joint pain and they may also be able to determine the cause. I would be interested to know which joints are painful for you. I have daily excercises to do for my joints. Although the exercises are often painful to do they do help with the pain and improve flexibility. Please feel free to pm me if you would like x

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    Takin this drug has been the worst decision I have ever made and I have regretted it every day since.
    Doseage: 60:40 mg alternating daily for 11/12 months
    Sideffects:None till course was over.
    Now - SEVERE dry/brittle hair.
    HAIRLOSS - lost at least 70% and continues...acne came back in July, worse than I ever suffered from it. I now have back, chest, neck & cheeks that are covered.
    So now Im bone dry with no natural hydration with horrific acne. As a 31 YO woman with now destroyed skin & hair.
    My side effects include: Chronic Dry mouth
    Severe dry,tight,dehydrated, ashy,mottled,discolored (yellow & red),wrinkled,scarred poorly healing skin
    Facial fat atrophy - fatloss. Hollow eyes & cheeks
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Posted 11 November 2012 - 08:32 PM

Hi there

You were given a very high dose and you are obviously suffering with long term side effects. Have you been back to your dermatologist and explained your problems? Professionals will say that the medicine does not cause long term side effects but the evidence in peoples postings on various websites and my own experiences contradicts this. It is also highly likely that some professional people post replies on websites reassuring sufferers that their symptoms have nothing to do with side effects of the medicine. They either do this to ease their own consciences or because they actuallt will not see what is right in front of them. Medicine can cause long term side effects! I believe that some people go through a withdrawal process when they stop taking this medicine. The side effects can last several years. I agree with Sasch83 that your GP or a holistic doctor may be able to help you. An Osteopath or Chiropractor can definately help with your joint pain and they may also be able to determine the cause. I would be interested to know which joints are painful for you. I have daily excercises to do for my joints. Although the exercises are often painful to do they do help with the pain and improve flexibility. Please feel free to pm me if you would like x


Hi Kat43,

Ive been to 3 dermatologists, the original one that prescribed it refused to see me.
Once other said the effects are temporary and not to worry, one ( who has also taken it herself) refused to acknowledge that what Im going through is due to roaccutane. and I see yet another derm tomorrow.

It has been 2 years for me with everything progressively worsening over time.
I have joint pain in my knees, ankles and wrists.
The worst pain is in my face - the tension from dry skin pulling muscles is the worst sensation I have ever felt in my life and it is constant.
The sensation in my forehead and around my eyes is like nothing I have ever felt in my life.

That's messed up Posted Image I'm sorry.

> Severe dry hair & hair loss - well over 70% and continuing. No regrowth 18 mnths later
> dry mouth, nose & skin

Some women experience balding just like men, well, except that it usually affects their whole heads, not just the top. And chances are high that if this didn't start on Accutane, that it's not a side effect of the drug. I would recommend taking zinc and taurine (e.g. inneov) for this. Ketoconazole shampoo (e.g. nizoral) every 3 days can help, too. Be sure to use conditioner whenever you get the chance. You should also be able to get some kind of lotion specially formulated for the scalp. Ask for something like that at your local drugstore. Also, try to eat lots of sunflower seeds. They're really good for your skin and hair. Obviously, be sure to drink lots of water, too (but NOT tea or coffee).

> sleep disturbance

Have you tried melatonin, moving your bed, and going to sleep earlier?


HI there, thanks for your reply.
My hairloss only started after coming off it. No hairloss before, or during tx.
Ive tried everything for sleep - ashwaganda, valerian etc natural stuff with no relief.

I use natural products on my hair - Ive tried all the aminexil, nioxin, etc etc and feel they only dry your hair more.
Trying to use natural products oils etc.

I go to bed same time each night, I fall asleep fine its staying asleep that is my issue

I do drink lots of water and eat well, take supplements etc

Hun, i am sorry that you are going through this- it sucks, no doubt about it. By focusing your energies on why you were prescribed such a high dose will not solve your issue or even remotely make you feel better so sometimes it is better to accept that what is done is done. Moving forward, my recommendation to you is to see either your GP or a holistic doctor that may be able to help you heal your body and in turn heal the symptoms you are suffering. Fixating on this day in and day out will only contribute to negative feelings which will in turn have detremental effects on your body.

I think in a PM to you i made some dietary recommendations.

Despite your best efforts, you may not get your body back to where it was before but you will be headed in the right direction.
Go out and live.......i am in NY and we just made it through Hurricaine Sandy and let me tell you, to see people that have lost their homes, their livelihoods and some, their lives it puts thigs in perspective for me......no moment of life should be wasted and spent wallowing. Once in a while is ok, day in and day out is not. I struggle with this but i am making a conscious effort to change this.

If you ever need to chat, feel free to PM me.


Thank you for your reply.
I realise focusing on it is not helping and I have tried to overcome this for 2 yrs now.
I cannot block out the pain and tension in my face, the damage to my skin or the fact it feels so tight and dry I am in pain.
hairloss is my other major issue and emotionally I cant deal with it.

I realize it seems somewhat trivial - I dont have cancer, ( without trying to sound dramatic) I have ingested a massive amount of a chemo drug and am feeling very much like a cancer patient.
I feel nowhere near my "old" self and would do anything to have my life back as it was before all this...

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 02:43 PM

Hi there

I hope you had a better visit with the derm you visited last week. I am very sad to hear that you are suffering so badly. I really hope you get some relief from it all soon. It must be awful for your skin to be so dry that it hurts you. I wish I could offer more advice but I think it has all been suggested here already. Please let me know how you got on last week. Thinking of you with love and best wishes x




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