It's been 4 years since I've finished my low dose isotretinoin course and I'm still losing sleep over persistent side effects, namely:
- bright stools
- statorrhea (inability to digest fatty foods)
- stomach gurgling
- constant gas
- occasional diarrhea
- dry mouth & eyes (obviously)
- cold hands & feet (thyroid?)
Bright stools and steatorrhea may suggest a pancreatic disorder (steatorrhea is a common manifestation of exocrine pancreatic insufficiency - "In order for someone to develop exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, 90 percent of the pancreas has to be destroyed,”). Great perspective for someone in his 20's.
It is important to emphasize that - while on Isotretinoin - my lab tests were usually normal (apart from a very slight increase in bilirubin, which normalized after 2 weeks). Other liver parameters (ALT, AST) were even better than before I started Isotretinoin (probably due to a strict diet and liver supplements).
Anyway, I'm planning to do a CT scan and Endoscopic ultrasound to check the pancreas, but I'm afraid that I already know the results.