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#1 overtness

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Posted 29 May 2006 - 11:13 PM

Hey Guys,

This is really important to me (as probably to most people) but, does accutane stunt growth? I've heard that it causes 'premature epiphyseal closure" - meaning you wont grow. Has anyone here continued to grow taller while taking it or afterwards- even if only one inch? My argument has been countered with whats written on this link -

http://www.teengrowt...&ID_Advice=4666

Ive also been scrambling online to see any reports of stunted height - very few but theyre there.

I've talked with at least three doctors and they said that they 'it doesnt'. But I'm still not too sure. Is it a common thing that accutane would do this? Considering that Isotretinoin comes from Vitamin A; Dont you need Vitamin A for bone growth anyways? I know that pharmacutical companies have to report EVERYTHING in the warning label and Im sure some short kid blamed his shortness on the drug. But is stunted growth a common thing? And to think that they prescribe it to 12 year olds? Its hard to think they would allow this on the market if it could stunt a 4'10" 12 year old boy in his height.

The reason I'm asking this is because my uncle, when he was 21, was 5' even - he joined the military when he was 21 and a half. When he got out (he was 24) he stood a full 6'. My pediatrician doc says theres a chance of something like that happening to me but I dont want accutane to mess anything up even though I already took a light moderate dose of it. I'm 20 now and stand 5'6" but come from a reletively tall family.

I might as well jump off a building if it completely stunted my growth.

acne sucks!!!!!!!!!!

Anyways, I'm looking forward to see what you write.

Chris



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Posted 29 May 2006 - 11:24 PM

on one of russian acne-related boards ive spotted some guy telling that as a result of taking accutane, his "i-dont-remember-which (ephitarium or something like that...)" zones of growth were "closed" so he will not grow anymore. anyway, he said accutane was a good experience for him besides this problem. i guess it doesnt hapen to everyone, but there is a chance...

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Posted 30 May 2006 - 01:45 AM

well exercising alot increases growth hormone in your body so maybe thats why your uncle got so tall same problem with me im worried about that side effect but actually ive been growing so ya just excercise alot youll be fine and my derm said the same that it doesnt cause that so its all good

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Posted 30 May 2006 - 04:23 AM

Ok so epiphyseal growth plate fusion is caused by oestrogen and accutane is basically pure vitamin A so I can't see how that would work. I wouldn't worry, I'm sure it won't stunt your growth. Unless the body has made a new way of converting vit A into oestrogen which isn;t possible.

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Posted 30 May 2006 - 05:29 PM

QUOTE(_lara_ @ May 30 2006, 06:23 AM) View Post

Ok so epiphyseal growth plate fusion is caused by oestrogen and accutane is basically pure vitamin A so I can't see how that would work. I wouldn't worry, I'm sure it won't stunt your growth. Unless the body has made a new way of converting vit A into oestrogen which isn;t possible.



idk.......ive heard ppl grew after taking it but some said that it stopped them from further growth. that really sucks. roache is a whore company if it makes medicine that stunts kids growth.


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Posted 31 May 2006 - 03:37 AM

QUOTE(overtness @ May 31 2006, 12:29 AM) View Post

QUOTE(_lara_ @ May 30 2006, 06:23 AM) View Post

Ok so epiphyseal growth plate fusion is caused by oestrogen and accutane is basically pure vitamin A so I can't see how that would work. I wouldn't worry, I'm sure it won't stunt your growth. Unless the body has made a new way of converting vit A into oestrogen which isn;t possible.



idk.......ive heard ppl grew after taking it but some said that it stopped them from further growth. that really sucks. roache is a whore company if it makes medicine that stunts kids growth.


I think that you are being way to concerned about it. A Lot of medical research is extrememly flawed and you can't do proper trials on children anyway so it would be hard to know how accurate their data was. If it was a real problem then they would not be allowed to make the drug. I've done a lot of biochemistry whilst being at medical school and as far as I can see there is no way that vit A and oestrogen (that causes bone fusion) are related. If you think that people grow after stopping taking accutane that is again a little hard to imagine as the production of growth hormone and thyroxine (the hormones responsible for growth) are not affected by vitamin A which is what accutane basically is. Also thyroxine is carried by vitamin A to cells therefore, in theory you should grow better as there would be more Vit A in your system to carry the thyroxine. I think you need to check your sources again and see how reliable they actually are.

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Posted 31 May 2006 - 09:23 AM

dude ur uncle was 5 feet exactly at 21 and grew up to 6 ft by 24 ??? omg ... no offense he didnt go through puberty ? can u let me know more of what he did , im 5'9'' i want to be like 6'1''.

neway back to ur question , i grew 1/2 inch after tane lol
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Posted 31 May 2006 - 01:41 PM

QUOTE(screw_acne @ May 31 2006, 11:23 AM) View Post

dude ur uncle was 5 feet exactly at 21 and grew up to 6 ft by 24 ??? omg ... no offense he didnt go through puberty ? can u let me know more of what he did , im 5'9'' i want to be like 6'1''.

neway back to ur question , i grew 1/2 inch after tane lol


i dont know what he did exactly, but he has pictures and everything. when he first signed up to the army at 21, he was told jokingly, "we dont take kids". but he went anyways. he was only 5 feet tall exactly. he trained hard, ran 10 miles a day. he told me that as a whiny little kid he barely ate any food -only candy and sweets and ice cream and things that tasted good. there was none of that in the army for him -only real food there. so he started there with a really healthy diet and half a year in he started to grow taller and taller. he went into the army literally looking like a little boy and came out a man. this, by the way, was the communist-era polish army in the 80's when they pushed you to the extreme limits. so i theorize that-

-blood curdling intense workout (crazy communist-era eastern/central european army workout)
-eating tons of healthy protein rich foods
-running 10 miles a day
-150 pull ups daily

will make you taller. itll certainly make you more buff.

i really do think that my uncle set some sort of record for growing so tall soooo late.

but seriously if accutane stunts your growth - id be pissed as hell. thats why im askin to see if anyone grew afterwards even if only slightly


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Posted 31 May 2006 - 07:19 PM

i really dont think it will if u dont over-dosage it , seriously u shouldnt be worried too much. its just freaking vitamin A and others really.
how tall are u parents? if u are very worried u can go to a local hospital and let them XRAY ur right hand to check ur boneage out, technically if ur boneage is 17-18 u should stop growing or in other words growing speed is less substantial. u should go check , really. mines already 17 sad.gif im only 5'9'' , my dad is 5'6'' and my uncle is 6'3''. this sux.

btw , ask ur parents and ur relatives are they late boomers..
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Posted 31 May 2006 - 11:23 PM

5"9 - 5"11 is the best height I think.

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Posted 01 June 2006 - 02:22 AM

6'0'' - 6'3'' is
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Posted 03 June 2006 - 11:25 PM

anyone else?

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Posted 04 June 2006 - 06:27 AM

QUOTE(overtness @ May 30 2006, 06:13 AM) View Post

Hey Guys,

This is really important to me (as probably to most people) but, does accutane stunt growth? I've heard that it causes 'premature epiphyseal closure" - meaning you wont grow. Has anyone here continued to grow taller while taking it or afterwards- even if only one inch? My argument has been countered with whats written on this link -

http://www.teengrowt...&ID_Advice=4666

Ive also been scrambling online to see any reports of stunted height - very few but theyre there.

I've talked with at least three doctors and they said that they 'it doesnt'. But I'm still not too sure. Is it a common thing that accutane would do this? Considering that Isotretinoin comes from Vitamin A; Dont you need Vitamin A for bone growth anyways? I know that pharmacutical companies have to report EVERYTHING in the warning label and Im sure some short kid blamed his shortness on the drug. But is stunted growth a common thing? And to think that they prescribe it to 12 year olds? Its hard to think they would allow this on the market if it could stunt a 4'10" 12 year old boy in his height.

The reason I'm asking this is because my uncle, when he was 21, was 5' even - he joined the military when he was 21 and a half. When he got out (he was 24) he stood a full 6'. My pediatrician doc says theres a chance of something like that happening to me but I dont want accutane to mess anything up even though I already took a light moderate dose of it. I'm 20 now and stand 5'6" but come from a reletively tall family.

I might as well jump off a building if it completely stunted my growth.

acne sucks!!!!!!!!!!

Anyways, I'm looking forward to see what you write.

Chris


No doubt this is why derms (good derms) rarely will give tane to young people still in/going through puberty.....


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Posted 04 June 2006 - 08:31 AM

Whether it stops growin or not. I wouldn't take it if I were younger that 15 years. Cause there's a slightly higher chance of permanent side effects to occur.
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Posted 04 June 2006 - 10:59 AM

I dont know if I've grown much taller since taking it, but I've definately filled out in the shoulders and chest area.. so it probably doesn't affect it too much. I hope not anyway, I wanna grow another 3 inches sad.gif

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Posted 08 December 2010 - 06:08 PM

QUOTE (overtness @ May 29 2006, 09:13 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hey Guys,

This is really important to me (as probably to most people) but, does accutane stunt growth? I've heard that it causes 'premature epiphyseal closure" - meaning you wont grow. Has anyone here continued to grow taller while taking it or afterwards- even if only one inch? My argument has been countered with whats written on this link -



Ive also been scrambling online to see any reports of stunted height - very few but theyre there.

I've talked with at least three doctors and they said that they 'it doesnt'. But I'm still not too sure. Is it a common thing that accutane would do this? Considering that Isotretinoin comes from Vitamin A; Dont you need Vitamin A for bone growth anyways? I know that pharmacutical companies have to report EVERYTHING in the warning label and Im sure some short kid blamed his shortness on the drug. But is stunted growth a common thing? And to think that they prescribe it to 12 year olds? Its hard to think they would allow this on the market if it could stunt a 4'10" 12 year old boy in his height.

The reason I'm asking this is because my uncle, when he was 21, was 5' even - he joined the military when he was 21 and a half. When he got out (he was 24) he stood a full 6'. My pediatrician doc says theres a chance of something like that happening to me but I dont want accutane to mess anything up even though I already took a light moderate dose of it. I'm 20 now and stand 5'6" but come from a reletively tall family.

I might as well jump off a building if it completely stunted my growth.

acne sucks!!!!!!!!!!

Anyways, I'm looking forward to see what you write.

Chris

Don't get to down on it man... In my opinion my growth was stunted as well. I've posted in a few other topics about this, basically I come from a family of huge people, and I stopped growing as soon as I went on accutane at 13 standing at 5'6 and 1/4. I'm shorter than all my female relatives, cousins, aunts, mom and my mothers mother. I never knew what it was like to be the tall one, I was pretty average in grade 9 when i stopped growing and then everyone else shot up, so I've kinda always been teased by people for my height.. and it's never bothered me. Saying you might as well jump off a building because your 5'6 is offensive to us little people! Ha it's not so bad, I have a ton of other great qualities that attract more females than my 6 foot plus friends, so work on those and not worry about your slight shortness.

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Posted 10 December 2010 - 03:44 AM

QUOTE (spitfire909x @ Jun 4 2006, 09:59 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I dont know if I've grown much taller since taking it, but I've definately filled out in the shoulders and chest area.. so it probably doesn't affect it too much. I hope not anyway, I wanna grow another 3 inches sad.gif

Same... massive chest and shoulders (out pressing my gym rat friends who are 40 pounds heavier and 6 inches taller), short legs and small knees and wrists. Another interesting thing is I'm a legit size 10 shoe, which is pretty big for a guy that's just over 5'6... my feet were one of the first things to grow for me.

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Posted 21 December 2011 - 09:08 PM

I was wondering if accutane does cause stunting of growth, is this limited to the "long bones" as in the arms and legs?

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Posted 18 January 2012 - 10:41 PM

I was on it at age 17 (typically you don't grow a whole lot more anyway), and after I got off of it, I still grew almost an inch.

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Posted 19 January 2012 - 02:09 AM

I'm not sure we can give you an answer here. If someone says accutane stunted their growth it's possible it did and it's also possible they simply reached their natural height. All we can do is speculate.

The medical literature and the accutane warning pamphlet mention stunted bone growth as a possible side effect. Therefore, it's theoretically possible. So, I think you just have to consider this possibility as a cost of taking the drug.