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In Topic: Low Dose Accutane - Journey To Finally Being Clear

17 March 2015 - 03:08 PM

Hi everyone,
I finished Accutane 2 weeks ago and just had my follow-up bloodwork and derm apt to clear me! My liver and other bloodwork has been fine this entire time. So far, I have noticed that a little of the oil is coming back mostly on my forehead and that my lips have gone back to normal! My back and achiness have become less, not totally gone, but less. Ive been working out a lot without the weird soreness.

Overall, the Accutane cleared me during month 2 and I have been totally clear since. For anyone considering it, who is in good health, I would definitely do it. I was nervous at first, but in my opinion, the temporary side effects were more of an annoyance than anything. It was well worth the freedom and confidence that it provided. It not only took the acne away, but also took the anxiety and stress away that came with acne. Extremely freeing. I know my face will not be perfect every day, but I hope the results are long lasting. My derm prescribed me Differin and Finacea at my request (I had used both before and these two were my favs) in case I need to treat anything around that time of the month etc. I am stocking up before I move to Florida to start Physician Assistant School in May! I am ready for this new adventure! If anyone is considering accutane or has a question feel free to PM me.

In Topic: Low Dose Accutane - Journey To Finally Being Clear

16 February 2015 - 11:37 PM

I had a little purging in the first month and was completely clear by month 2. I literally haven't had a real pimple since then. My acne was already partially controlled with Spiro and years of retinoid use though...I know for most it is a few months until clearing.

I will have 150mg/kg in 3 weeks which is the 120-150mg/kg recommendation. I weigh 100, so 8 months at 30 mg a day will get me there.

You could always ask to drop down and go for longer if the side effects are getting to you. There have been a few days I have doubled up (to make up for skipped doses) and my face gets soo irritated and sensitive and everything parched, I don't know how people get through larger doses. Keep going, this drug will clear you it just needs time!

I know it varies but do u remember when u stopped breaking out and do u know what your cum. dose will be (low dose for longer but is your cum total still within rec range?)
currently on 60mg (bumped up from 20 than 40)
Im currently in week #10 and have had the worst breakouts ever
feeling discouraged but hoping to see some improvement soon

In Topic: Low Dose Accutane - Journey To Finally Being Clear

01 February 2015 - 03:33 PM

Entering my last 5 weeks....Have my last bloodwork with the accutane tomorrow. I am ready to be done!! With the winter my face and lips are soooo dry. I have an achy back pretty frequently now and pull muscles by hardly doing anything. My skin is perfect though :) No pimples in monthssss. Almost there!!!

In Topic: Low Dose Accutane - Journey To Finally Being Clear

06 January 2015 - 08:05 AM

The blood work checks liver function by measuring your triglycerides and cholesterol. If those are high your liver is having a hard time. Avoid alcohol and high cholesterol foods if it starts to creep up.

I hear ya!
NO WAY i can get pg..so that is absolutely NO concern
I thought b/w also monitored your liver? 
My Dr did say that is the higher dose was too much...I could take baby steps up to 80mg..so go to 50, than 60, 70 ..rather than 40mg to 60mg to 80mg
BUT she still wanted me to get to 80mg day
I dont know why she is in such a rush..LOL
She seems sensitive to my minimal side effects of course she said if I felt depressed STOP asap (which is not at all an issue)
thanks again!
I see her the end of the mnth

In Topic: Low Dose Accutane - Journey To Finally Being Clear

04 January 2015 - 10:03 PM

I have heard some people take a lower dose than what is prescribed because the doctor refuses to go lower. You could take only one pill or take one every other day. If your bloodwork has always been good, then that's probably not a huge concern. Pregnancy would be the most important thing to watch if you aren't having the blood tests. It is a shame some doctors do not keep up with new studies. My doctor told me to pay attention to my side affects and skip doses or do every  other day depending on how it affects me. 



I use Sanitas oil free moisturuzer and it's kept me from getting too dry for the past 6 months. I was pretty oily before though. I use aquifor and burts bees on the lips.

Yes my doc is ok with me doing the low dose for longer. Just as long as I get the cummulative dose in the end. A lot of recent studies are showing the same results with longer low dose but with much less side effects. Some docs are weird about changing what they are used to.


Soooo great!!
Im about 45 days in and cant wait to turn the corner and not break out anymore..hoping that is soon
Can I ask what moisturizer u are using?
Also is your dr ok with low dose longer treatment
I weigh 128 and im on 40mg
my dr wants to bump me to 128-130mg for 4-5
I would rather stay at 40mg for 7/8 mnths
but dr wants shorter duration and think if I dont go up to 80 mg treatment wont work
Thanks for any insight
glad things went so well

Thanks os much

yup, I think that is y Dr for sure....said if I dont increase my dose it wont work

Hasnt she red benefits of low dose accutane treatments..ugh

i hate to do it but if she is persistent, I was thinking of taking the higher rx but only taking 40mg and not bumping..Im not going to do what I am not comfyw ith

My only issue is that I wont be monitored with blood tests etc

we shall see

might consider 50mg....


Good luck..hope things ocntinue ot go well!