Call your doctor and schedule an earlier appointment...My derm specifically told me to take my blood test and schedule an appointment with her 1 week before I run out of pills. The first month I rushed this but I called and was "squeezed" in with a lunch time appointment. I'm sure your doctor will accommodate so you don't run out of pills.
That is really up to you. But if you are worried, a lot of us are on this forum are on Accutane. The only side effect I have had is dry lips but I am only on week 4. I am happier on Accutane because I know I am doing something about my condition instead of living with it. Living with hope can't be a bad thing. I think only people with mental disorders like being bipolar have suicide ideation. I can attribute the hair loss / thinning to age because I had a phase where I thought I was losing my hair, but that was even before Accutane. I have not notice any hair loss on this medication. There is a mandatory monthly blood test to monitor your liver too. If you have insurance the prescription is only $35. You can always stop if you feel something is wrong. The build up of vitamin A will only last in your system for 9 days.
Let me first tell you that I know next to nothing about products and this is my opinion. For most men like myself, we are not used to putting things on our face or skin. It feels weird and it's sticky all day long. I hate putting products on my skin. I would rather have dry skin. Not only that, even when I do manage to ignore the feeling of lotion on my face, I have to wash my hands because my palms were just too sticky.
Well I have been on Accutane for 3 weeks now and it is just beyond what a normal dry should be. The recommended moisturizer is Cetaphil but it was like putting oil on my face. It looks shiny and it is sticky even hours after the application. So, I didn't even moisturize. I couldn't stand the feeling of it on my skin, not even on my legs or arms because I would feel it when I rub against objects. That is until a co-worker gave me a sample moisterizer she got from the mall or something. My chin was flaking badly at work. It was Cerave!
It goes on and absorb so quickly you would forget you had lotion on. So I went to the store to see if the real product would do that. I open the jar and moisterized my left hand. A few seconds later it felt like nothing! Even my palm felt light and normal!
So if you're a guy like me. This is the best product for you.