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!!!
Hey! Thanks for replying! I really appreciate hearing your experience, its made me feel much more comfortable in my situation I didn't even think about the dry throat, but that is definitely a possibility for me, my lips and nose are already starting to dry up now. Oh! And on my internet exploration on this topic I did find that some people apparently had issues with skin healing after a tattoo removal. Not sure if thats a proven thing or anything, but I thought it would be worth mentioning to a fellow accutane user/smoker! Thanks for the encouragement and good luck to you on your last month
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!
Haha, yeah unfortunately I do know that (health promotion is huge in my field of work) but I still can't seem to quit for good. Been trying for over a year now. Sometimes I make it a few weeks (one time I lasted a whole month) but can't seem to stick with it. Thinking about trying the patch or something since my willpower isn't cutting it. Hopefully I'll be able to quit soon! Good for you for quitting, I know how hard it is!