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#1 xxkinachixx123

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Posted 14 May 2013 - 04:11 AM

Ok, so i started accutane 2 weeks ago, on 20mg a day. 
Today I have started to alternate between 20 and 40mg /day and in two weeks start 40mg/day.

I was just wondering what are the chances of losing hair and does it come back after treatment? I've been reading some pretty scary stuff on the side-effects.

It's one of my most concerned side effects, as i do attempt to maintain it and style it.

 

Also is there anything i can do to prevent or minimise it?



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Posted 14 May 2013 - 05:04 AM

Maybe this isn't the best reply you're looking for, but I know for a fact that the chance of hair loss while taking accutane is very rare. My dermatologist has treated hundreds of patients with accutane, and she has never come across hair loss with the taking of accutane. I was very concerned about this before starting my accutane treatment, but I decided to give it a shot anyway. I'm on 20mg a day too, and I'm going up to 40mg in a week. I wouldn't worry about it, even if you do experience hair loss it probably won't be noticeable to others, and you can come off the medication straight away if you want to. Don't worry you'll be fine! Hair loss is very rare in accutane treatments! Plus, at least you're on quite a low dose, so you shouldn't experience horrible side effects anyway.



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Posted 14 May 2013 - 05:17 AM

There is no "chance" as in percentage one can tell you--it may happen or it may not.

Doctors dont tell you the bad side of drugs after all they are there to make money.

If you want a realistic idea, read 'negative accutane experiences" a lot of thos people had hair loss.

I took 20 mg for one month and had significant hair thinning afterward. Its 9 months later and m hairline still isnt normal you can see my gallery pic.

Accutane is a chemotherepy drug, and we all know those can cause hairloss. Im not trying to scare you, just give you a realisstic idea.



Are you quoting your derm? Side effects are not  'very rare" and hair loss is not rare either. Take a look at some of the negative accutane experiences and youll see its fairly commonly listed. Sometimes it starts duringteh course but sometimes it doesnt show up till a bit later.

Nice youre trying to be positive but accutane isnt necessarily a drug everyone will be fine with.

Maybe this isn't the best reply you're looking for, but I know for a fact that the chance of hair loss while taking accutane is very rare. My dermatologist has treated hundreds of patients with accutane, and she has never come across hair loss with the taking of accutane. I was very concerned about this before starting my accutane treatment, but I decided to give it a shot anyway. I'm on 20mg a day too, and I'm going up to 40mg in a week. I wouldn't worry about it, even if you do experience hair loss it probably won't be noticeable to others, and you can come off the medication straight away if you want to. Don't worry you'll be fine! Hair loss is very rare in accutane treatments! Plus, at least you're on quite a low dose, so you shouldn't experience horrible side effects anyway.



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Posted 14 May 2013 - 05:18 AM

ok thanks for the reply :D i was just wondering if 40mg/day is still considered a low dosage? 



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Posted 14 May 2013 - 07:24 AM

yes, 10-20 are considered low, anything over that is moderate and Id say 80 mg would be considered very high.



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Posted 14 May 2013 - 10:30 AM

The drug is supposed to be weight based.  To determine low vs. high dosages, one would need to know your weight. 1mg/kg/day is standard.  1.5-2mg/kg/day is considered high and often given during round 2 or 3 of Accutane.

 

I have had changes in my hair.  I have yet to determine if it's actual "loss" or just a change in texture.  I have not noticed more hair in the shower or my hair brush, however, my once thick lush wavy hair (they use to call me "Texas" at work :)) now feels thin, limp, difficult to style and appears stringy.  Because I had a ton to begin with, it is not noticeable to others.  I noticed it after about a month and I am now in month 3.  It has not gotten worse and I have continued treatment.  It is an individual choice.  I believe it will return to normal post treatment.  If not, I have chosen clear skin with just okay hair over disgusting acne and pageant hair.



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Posted 14 May 2013 - 06:00 PM

I noticed almost immediate changes in my hair, within a week of starting the medication. It became dry and limp. It's better now that I am using a moisturizing shampoo and deep conditioner as well as jojoba oil. I have noticed some increased shedding occasionally but no visible hair loss. To be fair, I have also experienced increased shedding with other drugs, even greater than what has developed so far with Accutane. I am also in my third month. I think extreme hair loss/balding may be rare with Accutane but it seems like increased shedding, hair damage is not that unusual. I am taking biotin also to help prevent damage, I've read that can help but I'm not really sure about the true efficacy.

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Posted 14 May 2013 - 10:20 PM

I noticed almost immediate changes in my hair, within a week of starting the medication. It became dry and limp. It's better now that I am using a moisturizing shampoo and deep conditioner as well as jojoba oil. I have noticed some increased shedding occasionally but no visible hair loss. To be fair, I have also experienced increased shedding with other drugs, even greater than what has developed so far with Accutane. I am also in my third month. I think extreme hair loss/balding may be rare with Accutane but it seems like increased shedding, hair damage is not that unusual. I am taking biotin also to help prevent damage, I've read that can help but I'm not really sure about the true efficacy.

How do you use the jojoba on your hair? What shampoo are you using? I am using Dermorganics, which is fantastic for dry scalp, but my hair is still limp.  I need to get it highlighted but I am afraid of the damage.  Have you colored your hair on Accutane?  I've just been rockin' the natural ombre! :)



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Posted 15 May 2013 - 01:23 AM

I noticed almost immediate changes in my hair, within a week of starting the medication. It became dry and limp. It's better now that I am using a moisturizing shampoo and deep conditioner as well as jojoba oil. I have noticed some increased shedding occasionally but no visible hair loss. To be fair, I have also experienced increased shedding with other drugs, even greater than what has developed so far with Accutane. I am also in my third month. I think extreme hair loss/balding may be rare with Accutane but it seems like increased shedding, hair damage is not that unusual. I am taking biotin also to help prevent damage, I've read that can help but I'm not really sure about the true efficacy.

Does anyone know if taking biotin will help?



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Posted 15 May 2013 - 08:19 PM

I am using Loreal Power Moisture shampoo and the same brand moisture mask, it comes in a jar and is a really thick conditioner. I've been adding 3-4 drops of jojoba oil to the conditioner and leave it on my hair as long as I can stand it while I finish washing, shave, etc, I try to leave it on for about five minutes or more and then rinse it out. I've thought about trying a sulfate-free shampoo, I've heard they're good while on Accutane but wasn't sure of a good brand. I may give it a try. I have colored my hair but skipped the highlights. I've just been getting a glaze to cover up my grays. Gray hair and acne...lucky me. whistling.gif) Ombre's in, you can definitely get away with it. =)

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 08:48 PM

I am using Loreal Power Moisture shampoo and the same brand moisture mask, it comes in a jar and is a really thick conditioner. I've been adding 3-4 drops of jojoba oil to the conditioner and leave it on my hair as long as I can stand it while I finish washing, shave, etc, I try to leave it on for about five minutes or more and then rinse it out. I've thought about trying a sulfate-free shampoo, I've heard they're good while on Accutane but wasn't sure of a good brand. I may give it a try. I have colored my hair but skipped the highlights. I've just been getting a glaze to cover up my grays. Gray hair and acne...lucky me. whistling.gif) Ombre's in, you can definitely get away with it. =)

Accutane or not, I definitely recommend sulfate free shampoo/conditioner.  I always buy sulfate free, the other stuff seems to strip my hair.  Loreal has a good line that is reasonable....I think just as good as any crazy expensive shampoo.  I love Aveda products also, but they are kinda spendy. I'm going start doing the jojoba oil on my hair. The first few weeks of Accutane my scalp was disgustingly dry and flakey, so I put Vaseline on it...lol...don't do that.  It took days to come out and a lot of dish soap! :)

 

Biotin is supposed to be good for hair growth, but I haven't tried it because I think just the texture of mine has changed.  It will no longer curl if I use a diffuser---just stringy and limp. It's pretty icky unless I use the InStyler---which is great, btw!



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Posted 28 July 2013 - 02:07 AM

I was on accutane from Nov 2012 till April 2013 on 80 mg/ day. Started noticing hair loss n thinning around the time I came off it. I am taking biotin, zinc, brewers yeast and vitamin b complex but still shedding about 50 hairs a day. My derm said I am experiencing TE and it should stop in few months. Has anyone tried low level laser therapy? It is supposed to prevent hair loss and promote growth but not sure it helps folks like us suffering from accutane induced TE. I m thinking about giving it a try and wanted to check if someone had done it??

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Posted 29 January 2014 - 12:39 PM

Hi everyone, I was on accutane for a total of 11 months off and on over about 3 years 40mg a day. I finished my last course in june of last year, so about 7 or 8 months ago. I started noticing hair loss from it before going on it for the last time, but after that last course it started falling out really bad and still continues to fall out everyday!

I decided to invest in the hairmax lasercomb advanced 7 only because it was the cheapest one on Amazon. I have been using it properly for about 2 months and haven't really seen anything much different. If I had to say anything was different so far, it would be that my dry peeling scalp has improved a bit, but not completley.

But people don't typically see results until 4 or 5 months ( so it says). I will continue to use it properly though.

 

Something else I started doing was taking 10,000 mcg of biotin everyday. I just started but plan to do that for about 3 months and will decide from there if my hair has improved.

 

As for health wise I am just fine because I started taking this supplement called Protandim and has improved my post accutane health such as joint pain and energy GREATLY!

 

Any questions feel free to ask!!


Edited by pathtorecovery91, 29 January 2014 - 12:40 PM.





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