I'm a 22 year-old male, 213 lbs, 6.1', and I have moderate/severe cystic and nodular acne. A few days ago, my dermatologist prescribed to me Accutane 100mg/day. I would like your advice.
First, I planned to take my first pill this morning. However, I woke up feeling a bit under the weather (i.e. sore throat, a bit congested, a little feverish, etc.). Is it safe to begin my first Accutane course while I'm experiencing these unrelated cold symptoms?
Second, I'm concerned about the dosage. Again, I was prescribed 100mg/day. Does this seem a little high to anyone? Is it appropriate for my weight?
Some background info: I've suffered from moderate/severe cystic and nodular acne for about three years (a terrible stye became inflamed and turned into facial cellulitis, putting me in the hospital for a week in late 2011). I've tried so many prescription medications (oral minocycline, topical erythromycin, benzoyl peroxide cream and gel, Ziana, Tazorac .01% gel, and more). The Tazorac is the only product that actually made a big difference for me, over time. I've been using it for a year and still, and it has cleared my skin a lot. But the cystic acne always comes back. I break out once or twice a week. I've also tried several organic and nutritional "solutions" (i.e. probiotics, "Zinc for Acne," wheat grass, B5 Mega Dose, Apple Cider Vinegar, lemon and carrot cleanse, dairy-free diet, coconut-oil, and so on). Being healthy in general seems to help a lot, but it's certainly not the solution for me.
I've avoided and rejected Accutane up until this week. I've had enough. I'm about to begin working at a firm that involves a great deal of interpersonal interaction and I need to look professional and appealing. My dermatologist, who has been pressuring me to use Accutane for a long time, giddily prescribed my first course. I'm very nervous to begin. Please let me know if you think I should wait until my cold symptoms pass before taking my first pill.
Also, If anyone seems interested in knowing how Accutane works out for me, I'm delighted to keep the forums updated.