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#21 Kim0728

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Posted 21 March 2014 - 03:56 PM

Kim0728, I laughed when I read your description of iPledge. So true.

 

Ha ha, sad but true! It's unbelievable. Can't the FDA find a good middle ground with Accutane? I would have been perfectly willing to sign a "hold harmless" agreement or any other kind of waiver to just start the drug. 



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Posted 07 April 2014 - 01:52 PM

I cannot believe this. I took my second pregnancy test today, blood serum, after taking my initial one 31 days ago. I also took a complete blood panel 31 days ago. Now, my doctor's assistant tells me I have to book an appointment to see her AGAIN before I start the medication. That is the complete opposite of what the doctor told me. She said last month that because they would already have my initial pregnancy test and blood work on file, that I simply needed to take a second pregnancy test and she would send the prescription to the pharmacy once she got the results.

 

Now her assistant is saying the complete opposite! I'm waiting to hear back from my doctor. Ladies, do you remember the procedure the first month you took Accutane? Ugh!! All I want to do is start this darn medicine!!! 



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Posted 07 April 2014 - 08:37 PM

I just took my first pill!!!! I am SOOO excited!! So, here is the official first day of my Accutane log:

 

Have about five active pimples on my forehead (two are cysts), three big ones on my cheek and a lot of little pimples, clogged pores. Face was an oily mess today, just like all day, every day of my teenage and adult life. I can't WAIT for the oil to stop...I hope it's soon!

 

BTW I am taking 40 mg of Zenatane, once daily with a meal.

 

I'm assuming I should quit using Differin. Doc didn't say anything, but I think I've read to stop retinoids.



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Posted 08 April 2014 - 01:52 PM

Day Two - All pimples/cysts have reduced in size (I'm sure it wasn't because of the Accutane). Face is still oily and shiny--no change there. I spoke to a colleague who's taken Accutane in the past, and he said it was about four days before his dryness started. I know this is probably different for everyone--I hope mine starts sooner rather than later.

 

I'm taking the Zenatane with my breakfast in the morning (directions says all isotretinoin brands must be taken with food, except Absorbica). I'm eating a typically lower-(bad) fat diet, but I'm also taking a fish oil capsule and calcium supplement with it. I can't find any contraindications with those two supplements.

 

I'm ready for my oil-slick face to dry up!



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Posted 09 April 2014 - 10:46 PM

Day 3: all pimples are gone or dried up except for one near the side of my forehead where my hair touches the skin. That's always a guaranteed zit. I wear my hair off my face in long layers, but sometimes locks of hair rest against my forehead. Anyway, it's small but it has a whitehead, and I'll resist the urge to pop it.

Face is still oily all over, same with chest and back, although there did seem to be a bit less oil than usual. Tomorrow's my fourth pill, and I've read a lot of posts that have said day four was when the changes started. I hope it's that way for me! *crossing fingers*

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Posted 10 April 2014 - 09:25 PM

Day 4 - a little bit of a change, I guess. Skin and hair are less oily, but I am still blotting every 2-3 hours. The oil is different though...maybe it's thinner? Pores are getting smaller, which is nice. I'm exhausted but I think it's because I woke up at 3:30 a.m. and couldn't go back to sleep. I have a headache too, but that could be from the lack of sleep as well.

Hoping the oil keeps dissipating every day!

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Posted 11 April 2014 - 09:57 PM

Day five - t-zone slightly oily. I am still blotting every three hours but the oil is thinning out. My cheeks are normal, not dry, same with my neck. I may be having some side effects, but not sure. I slept all night but I was exhausted by 3 p.m. It may still be leftover exhaustion from my lack of sleep night before last. I was so tired that I had to take a nap between 5-6 p.m. when I got home, because I had to take my daughter to dance practice at 6:30. I felt a little better after that, but the crazy fatigue is worrying me.

I also had a slight headache early afternoon.

I have a bottle of moisturizer I bought for use during Accutane...still haven't opened it! *sigh*

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Posted 12 April 2014 - 12:01 PM

The oiliness stops quickly, but it will probably take a couple weeks before you really notice the difference. Do not worry - you WILL get to use that moisturizer. I use two layers of moisturizer every day! I do my whole face, let it sink in, and then apply a second layer to the dry spots I get. My bottle used to last me about 6 months, and I have gone through 2 in the last 5!

 

I do find that I get tired a bit easier - I think this is a common side effect, but nothing to worry about unless it is severe.

I have never gotten a lot of headaches - I just seem to not be prone to them ever, even before Accutane. But I did get a couple very mild ones this course, and found that it was very much related to not drinking enough liquids. A few glasses of water seemed to make it go away pretty fast.

So - get lots of sleep, drink lots of water, and get ready to invest more money on moisturizer than you ever thought possible!

Looking forward to your progress!

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Posted 12 April 2014 - 10:57 PM

Thanks Kim! I really appreciate the feedback. I never get headaches either so I thought it was probably Accutane-related. I know it sounds strange, but I can't wait to use moisturizer. The discomfort I've felt from oily skin has been constant over the years, and I'm tired of it.

Day six - pores are definitely getting smaller, but oil remains. I noticed tonight about 30 minutes after I washed my face that little dots of oil weren't coming out of my pores, so there is improvement. My skin overall is shiny, even my cheeks which aren't oily, so that's something new. I was not fatigued at all today, but it's Saturday so I got to sleep late.

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Posted 13 April 2014 - 05:26 PM

Day seven - slow and steady progress. I've only blotted my skin twice today, and both times the sheet wasn't completely saturated in oil like it usually is. Pores continuing to shrink, but definitely still there. My face is still shiny all over, while not being as oily. Strange. Perhaps because of the exfoliating?

Got one other new side effect today: bloody nose. Sorry, this is going to be gross, so you've been warned...I have allergies so every day I use two nose sprays. Because of that, sometimes I'll have a little blood in my mucous when I blow my nose. Today, it was just straight blood. Only a couple of drops, though, so it's not a big deal.

Hopefully skin will be a little drier tomorrow!

Oops, forgot to add that I feel some bumps/pimples under the surface of my skin. They hurt if I scratch or touch them. I thought perhaps 10 straight years of retinoid use might have saved me from the dreaded IB, but perhaps not. Time will tell.

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Posted 14 April 2014 - 10:24 PM

Day eight - skin still oily but getting drier. I have three pimples that are drying out, and three cysts that started out big yesterday but feel like they are getting smaller. Got really fatigued at around 3 p.m. at work--felt like I could close the door to my office and take a nap. That was rough. Other than that, no side effects.

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Posted 15 April 2014 - 09:47 PM

Day nine - skin a little drier upon awakening, bit it's oily by the end of the day. :( Have the fun angular chelitis on each corner of my mouth, which I had before while not on Accutane, so it may or may not be a side effect.

No new pimples--active ones are drying up on forehead and chin.

Each morning when I wake up I feel my face to see if it's gotten drier...still waiting to feel zero oil!

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Posted 16 April 2014 - 08:38 PM

Day 10 - well hello there, IB! My forehead is full of deep, under the skin cysts. I have some cysts developing around my mouth and one on my chin. I guess steady retinoid use over the years didn't save me from the IB. :(

Still the same amount of oily skin, in my t-zone. I'm so ready to be done with this oil! Keeping lip balm near me during the day and Vaseline on lips at night is keeping dry, chapped lips away, I suppose. Pores are still big and clogged. I haven't changed my skin care regimen, because my skin hasn't changed that much. I hope next month my dosage will be increased and I can see some progress.

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Posted 17 April 2014 - 10:59 AM

I'm sorry your IB is so bad. :(  Just don't give up! Eventually, your skin will clear all the "gook" out, and you will start to see clearing. 



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Posted 17 April 2014 - 01:48 PM

It's funny, the IB doesn't really bother me that much--I knew it would probably come around, and I can hide it for the most part with makeup. What's really bugging me is my consistently oily skin! That's what depressing me. :( Hoping that by the two-week mark I'll have dried up a bit more. 



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Posted 18 April 2014 - 07:28 AM

The oil does eventually go. It took quit a while for my forehead to clear because it was SO oily. And a little longer than that for my hair to dry up (a side effect that I love). 



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Posted 18 April 2014 - 10:50 AM

If it makes you feel better, I noticed my skin became more oily than usual at the beginning of my course, but it dried up rather quickly after that. 



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Posted 18 April 2014 - 02:17 PM

Thanks PersnickityChick and megtree! I know the oil will dry up. I just got so excited once I saw that was going to be a side effect. I imagined the complete cessation of blotting my oily skin every two hours and WOW--I might not have to wash my hair every day??!! I was ecstatic as managing my excessive oil problems have taken up way too much of my life. 

 

Anywho, I suppose today is day 12 - IB is still here. Lots of cysts and smaller pimples dotting my face, but because my face is less oily, they are drying up quicker than usual. I think because of the drier skin, they're not as red as those pimples usually are. I was stressed because I was in charge of a big media event today for my work, but thankfully none of the news crews wanted a one-on-one interview with me--seeing those cysts and pimples on high-def TV would have been awful. So the event is done now, and I'm MUCH more relaxed about the IB. I'm doing a lot of work with the door closed to my office, so I don't have to see too many folks or watch them talk to me but look at the smattering of pimples across my forehead and cheeks.



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Posted 20 April 2014 - 04:15 PM

Day 14 - IB is getting worse. My face has exploded in pimples like I haven't had since I was a teenager. They're everywhere. I won't even try to count them, because that will just depress me. They're mostly painful cysts. I think it would be worse, though, if I weren't using beta-hydroxy acid and vitamin c serum. The BHA helps with them staying someone flat, and the c serum helps in healing. My skin was nowhere near this bad when I started--I would just have two or three pimples, although it was all the time. At least the oil has diminished somewhat. My face just looks terrible. But, I know it's part of the process so I'm comforted in that.

I wonder, for those of you who got the IB, did you get it again when you upped your dose? I'm still hoping to be brought up to 60 mg on my next visit.

Other than the IB, no side terrible side effects. I use Vaseline on my lips a lot, and I use my lubricating eye drops more often, but the dryness isn't much.

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Posted 20 April 2014 - 04:33 PM


I wonder, for those of you who got the IB, did you get it again when you upped your dose? I'm still hoping to be brought up to 60 mg on my next visit.
 

Kim, I spent 2 months on 60 mg, and after switching to 80 mg at my last doctor's visit, I did have a minor freakout on my face. It wasn't as intense as my initial in my first few weeks, but it was a breakout caused by the change in dosage. You'll be fine though. Make it through the first few weeks and it WILL get better!






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