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Smoking And Accutane

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Hello! Newbie here!

I just started taking Accutane (40mg/day), and I have just finished my first week.

I was curious as to if any of you have any experience with smoking and accutane. I am a smoker. I am wondering if there are any exacerbating side effects or dangers, or if this can cause some serious harm in the future. I can't really find anything online about this issue. I'm looking for some literature or if anyone else has discussed this with their dermatologist. Also wondering about your own personal experiences. I am not seeing my derm for another 3 weeks and didn't realize until after I left that she does not know I am a smoker. She is a new-to-me, and my fourth dermatologist (I move frequently).

The only thing I can think of off the top of my head is perhaps increased risk of blood clots and stroke from also being on the birth control pill (I am female). However I've been on the pill for many years now and haven't experiences any vascular issues while smoking yet.

Please, I do not need a lecture on the dangers of smoking. I get enough of those from friends, family, and myself. I am constantly trying to quit for my health and wellbeing.

Thank you in advance!

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I smoke and have since day one. My derm said it was totally fine to continue throughout my course and wouldn't cause any additional problems (besides obvious ones that smoking causes on its own without accutane of course). I'm on a higher dosage (weigh 50kg, taking 60mg/day since beginning) and am starting month 6 of a 7 month course. Smoke between 1/2 to a whole pack a day and doing fine with it. I find I get a cough sometimes or dry throat more often too, probably because this medicine makes me so dry in general... I've heard of others smoking a pack a day the whole time they were on accutane too with no additional probs. Good luck with your accutane regimen!!!

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Well i would just like to say that smoking is bad for your skin and overall health and since our insides directly result in the way our body looks and feels, we should eliminate as many negatives as possible!

Look at it this way, if you are putting your body thru a serious treatment like accutane...wouldnt you want it to be as healthy and strong as possible to get better and see more results and maybe diminish the amount of long term and short term side effects? Use Accutane as an excuse to stop smoking...you will be glad you did.

Sorry if that came off like a lecture but i used to be a smoker and since i have stopped my skin has improved and my overall health and well being and lifestyle have improved drastically. I wish you the best!

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She knows that. She said she is "constantly trying to quit for my health and wellbeing" and "do not need a lecture on the dangers of smoking." Just sayin.'

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I smoke and have since day one. My derm said it was totally fine to continue throughout my course and wouldn't cause any additional problems (besides obvious ones that smoking causes on its own without accutane of course). I'm on a higher dosage (weigh 50kg, taking 60mg/day since beginning) and am starting month 6 of a 7 month course. Smoke between 1/2 to a whole pack a day and doing fine with it. I find I get a cough sometimes or dry throat more often too, probably because this medicine makes me so dry in general... I've heard of others smoking a pack a day the whole time they were on accutane too with no additional probs. Good luck with your accutane regimen!!!

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