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#21 BlueMoon3

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Posted 17 August 2013 - 05:06 AM

It's assuring to know about others taking multiple courses of Accutane! I'm going to start a second course soon and I'm terrified that it will only produce temporary results again, and give me permanent side effects. Has anybody noticed any long-term side effects from being on Roaccutane more than once? I've exhausted every other option and I'm waiting to be seen by a dermatologist, and I can't help but wonder if I'm making the right decision. I feel like a lot of horror stories over the net about permanent side effects are blown out of proportions (in some cases), and almost every ailment is blamed on the Roaccutane. I've been coming across a lot of theories about IBS, arthritis, Crohn's Disease, depression etc etc, but no proven hypothesis, despite attempting to search for them. I guess all meds come with side effects, and these are plastered all over the internet as a result. I typed in the antibiotic I was taking for my skin into google, and apparently that has also been linked to depression and IBS! There's no winning. 


Hi BlueMoon,

 

I know how you feel. We all just want to share experiences and success stories with each other to boost our confidence, as we all know how punishing acne can be to one's confidence. I think everyone that goes on accutane, be it the first time or the X'th time, experiences the exact same anxiety and fear. You start to question everything, then you start to google answers and similar stories from others. Well, my suggestion to you is to refrain from doing so  as much as possible (if you are that is..) because it will only make you doubt and question yourself even further! Chances are, you will go through the same side effects you did as your first course of accutane, so just be patient and see your doctor regularly. That's how my second course went and it cleared me up 100%. I was so happy that I completely forgot about acne and how painful it can be on yourself... well, until it came back after 6 months that is, then it hit me in the face like a ton of bricks again. My doc has been pushing me to go back on accutane for the past two years and I've been trying so hard to avoid it in hopes that I'd find a natural cure, but the road has been long and tragic, and here I am once again popping the pills I dreaded for too long. It's nice to post threads and talk to others with the same problems, so doing so might help you through the tough times a bit better, but all in all, try not to worry too much about the side effects and focus on the healing! I'm on day 10 of my 3rd course and I'm happy to talk/share/rant if you need someone smile.png


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>After you complete your accutane course this time tell your doctor that you wan´t go on low dose accutane to keep your face clear and in control from future acne.

 

Thanks for the suggestion hasmas. Is this something you've tried and tested with success? I have read about a couple of others who have done a very low dose long term solution and has been achieving victories. I'm quite interested in this, but I wonder how the side effects work on low dose courses, since I do enjoy to go out for drinks with my friends every now and then, I wonder if it'd be possible on a long term low dose course. Thoughts?

 

 

So a complete standard course according to weight etc, then a low dose afterwards instead of ceasing treatment?

 

 

BlueMoon, for me, I think I will try to do a complete course, which I've read is close to 150mg/kg and then I will try to maintain my cleared skin with a topical retinoid and if that works I hope I can ride out the clear-skin-joy-train until I hopefully grow out of this $#@! called acne. If I do relapse again, I may look into a low dose solution.

 

 

Hi cystyjam, thank you for the support. I can completely understand. It's a really tough decision and should be used as a last resort. I've exhausted every other option in the past before my first course, and since breaking out after my course, I've tried topicals and antibiotics. So I feel like a second course is justified, especially as I've waited around for so long with little success, and I've spent months trying to decide! That's very true; Google can be so psychologically dangerous at times! I think researching is healthy, but only in moderation. I've become a little excessive with it lately due to nerves and indecisiveness. Obviously this isn't really helping, because as acne2000 stated, most of the stories online are negative. I will definitely try to focus on the positive aspects (healing and possible clear skin, eep!) from now on. Good luck with your third course and I am sure you will see good results - as they say, three may be the lucky number! 

 

 

 

Most people have no long term negative effects.  The small minority of people that have lingering problems are the ones that have reason to post on the internet.  Those with positive outcomes with no long term problems just get on with their lives and probably even forget that they took Accutane (oral isotretinoin).  It's the same with every drug and medical procedure, the people with problems are the ones who post.  I am not minimizing their pain and suffering and they are justified in posting, I'm just saying that for anything medical related, products, etc., you will see way more negative accounts than positive.  I am finishing my third course of isotretinoin and I have never had any lingering side effects and was very pleased with the results.  Frankly I think the media and lawyers have made this seem way worse then it is.  Oral isotretinoin has changed thousands of lives for the better and under a doctor's care the chances of problems are actually pretty minimal.  Results may indeed be temporary, but it is the best and most powerful drug available for acne and similar sebaceous disorders.  If you keep reading the horror stories I can almost guarantee you will imagine that you are having every side effect you have read about.  In reality, at low dose, the only thing you are actually going to experience is dry skin and lips.  You're not going to go crazy or get depressed unless you convince yourself that you are.  All my opinion, but I am a very satisfied user of oral isotretinoin (a.k.a. Accutane).

It's assuring to know about others taking multiple courses of Accutane! I'm going to start a second course soon and I'm terrified that it will only produce temporary results again, and give me permanent side effects. Has anybody noticed any long-term side effects from being on Roaccutane more than once? I've exhausted every other option and I'm waiting to be seen by a dermatologist, and I can't help but wonder if I'm making the right decision. I feel like a lot of horror stories over the net about permanent side effects are blown out of proportions (in some cases), and almost every ailment is blamed on the Roaccutane. I've been coming across a lot of theories about IBS, arthritis, Crohn's Disease, depression etc etc, but no proven hypothesis, despite attempting to search for them. I guess all meds come with side effects, and these are plastered all over the internet as a result. I typed in the antibiotic I was taking for my skin into google, and apparently that has also been linked to depression and IBS! There's no winning. 

Thank you for the assurance, acne2000. This is very, very true. Most stories are posted by those who feel compelled to share an experience. You're right; when I had clear skin for two years after my first course, I completely forgot about Roaccutane, and acne for that matter! I just lived a normal life and I'd forgotten how it felt to suffer from skin issues. I didn't feel compelled to share my success story over the internet. I only shared it if I was asked, and in this case, I was never asked over a forum because I never thought to join one. I was happy with my skin and got on with my life. I joined this website once my acne started to negatively impact my life, because I want to talk to others who feel the same way. So all in all, this theory is mostly true. It's very, very nice to hear the positive stories about Roaccutane when you do find them, though, and I can't stress that enough for others out there who have no other option. It's utterly horrid when you are left with no other option, and a whole database of tragic stories about the only thing that could possibly help. It makes you feel as if you have to decide between your health or your skin. But anyway, I'm looking forward to my second course and I hope it blasts it for good! I don't think I was on Roaccutane for long enough last time, as I came off it as soon as my skin started to clear. Perhaps I need a second course to amend this. 



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Posted 17 August 2013 - 06:50 AM

Hey there,

 

Pretty much, yes!  I found him very helpfull, he sat down with me for a good 45 mins, listened to 'my story', ensured I was entirely content, answered any concerns or questions, and we both decided mutally on my best course of action.  We agreed I would take the long and low course route.  He prescribed me 6 months worth of isotretinoin at 20mg 3 times a week with the proviso for me to not be afraid to up or lower my dosage as I saw fit, whereupon if I needed more I could go back and see him for more meds if needed.  Im currently doing 20mg a day, so I have upped my dose from what we discussed.  I'll make an appointment to see him in a couple of months to renew my prescription smile.png

 

No conditions, he was pretty open.  I've had the 'see how you're doing' noise until now too, and I always relapsed.  I've come to realise I need this drug, albeit at a low dose, in my system, for quite some time yet.  My skin is good, not clear but its coming along slowly.  I suffer little to no side effects.  My lips can get red and sometimes peel slightly but balm sorts this out no problem.  The only concern that has arrisen for me is joint pain - I do intensive exercise and found I was getting pain, particularly in my legs, after jogging long distances (I have just had to pull out of a 10k race because of it).  I still weight train though with little minor pain, nothing I can't handle.

 

Sorry for the late reply, please feel free to add me on fb if you wish to contact me.  I'm always on it!  Robmeredith1983

 

Hope that helps you.
 

Cheers

Rob

 

Thanks Rob

 

I live only about 1hrs drive from Bridgend so I am considering going to see this doctor myself.

 

One issue I always have when seeing a new doctor is the ''oh your skin doesn't look so bad'' response, and although I try to explain ''this is because of Roacctuane, hence I'm here seeking more'', my message doesn't always get through.

 

Did you have to let your skin deteriorate to a horrendous state before Dr Alun Evans gave you Roaccutane? How bad was your skin at the point he decided to give you Roaccutane? Or was he just prepared to just give it to you at your discretion?

 

Thanks

 

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Posted 17 August 2013 - 07:03 AM

After you complete your accutane course this time tell your doctor that you wan´t go on low dose accutane to keep your face clear and in control from future acne.

 

Thanks for the suggestion hasmas. Is this something you've tried and tested with success? I have read about a couple of others who have done a very low dose long term solution and has been achieving victories. I'm quite interested in this, but I wonder how the side effects work on low dose courses, since I do enjoy to go out for drinks with my friends every now and then, I wonder if it'd be possible on a long term low dose course. Thoughts? 

 

Low-dose accutane might only have one side effect and that will be dry lips I think and there are no other side effects , becuase the dose is very low and it´s just to control the acne and keep your skin at normal all the time until you outgrow it or, you will have to use a topical gel like differin or maybe BP to keep it at control. Here is a video. 

http://www.youtube.c...h?v=2fJ_z1IL0ws


So a complete standard course according to weight etc, then a low dose afterwards instead of ceasing treatment?

Yes sir. Complete 5-6Month course according to weight , then low-dose accutane after that the doctor might want you to rest like 2month and then start on the low-dose.



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Posted 20 August 2013 - 09:31 AM

Hey there,

 

Pretty much, yes!  I found him very helpfull, he sat down with me for a good 45 mins, listened to 'my story', ensured I was entirely content, answered any concerns or questions, and we both decided mutally on my best course of action.  We agreed I would take the long and low course route.  He prescribed me 6 months worth of isotretinoin at 20mg 3 times a week with the proviso for me to not be afraid to up or lower my dosage as I saw fit, whereupon if I needed more I could go back and see him for more meds if needed.  Im currently doing 20mg a day, so I have upped my dose from what we discussed.  I'll make an appointment to see him in a couple of months to renew my prescription smile.png

 

No conditions, he was pretty open.  I've had the 'see how you're doing' noise until now too, and I always relapsed.  I've come to realise I need this drug, albeit at a low dose, in my system, for quite some time yet.  My skin is good, not clear but its coming along slowly.  I suffer little to no side effects.  My lips can get red and sometimes peel slightly but balm sorts this out no problem.  The only concern that has arrisen for me is joint pain - I do intensive exercise and found I was getting pain, particularly in my legs, after jogging long distances (I have just had to pull out of a 10k race because of it).  I still weight train though with little minor pain, nothing I can't handle.

 

Sorry for the late reply, please feel free to add me on fb if you wish to contact me.  I'm always on it!  Robmeredith1983

 

Hope that helps you.
 

Cheers

Rob

 

Thanks Rob

 

I live only about 1hrs drive from Bridgend so I am considering going to see this doctor myself.

 

One issue I always have when seeing a new doctor is the ''oh your skin doesn't look so bad'' response, and although I try to explain ''this is because of Roacctuane, hence I'm here seeking more'', my message doesn't always get through.

 

Did you have to let your skin deteriorate to a horrendous state before Dr Alun Evans gave you Roaccutane? How bad was your skin at the point he decided to give you Roaccutane? Or was he just prepared to just give it to you at your discretion?

 

Thanks

 

Sorry I'm not FB

 

Hey,

 

Ah cool, where about in South Wales?? I'm originally from Merthyr but live in the 'diff now after living all around the world!

 

My skin wasn't awful but it wasn't amazing either, prob had 5-6 spots on my face.  He gave me the dosage I wanted the first time I saw him, after explaining my story etc in detail.  He is very willing to allow me to tailor the treatment to my preference.  You should make an appointment with him at Vale Healthcare clinic in Cardiff Bay - 02920 836714 - tell the receptionist your a new patient and would like to see Dr Alan Evans only.  You can usually get an appointment by the following week. The initial consultation will cost you £125, and as it's private you will have to pay for the meds at a pharmacy.  Mine cost me £75 for 6 months worth.

 

Let me know how you get on.  Best of luck.

 

Rob






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