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In Topic: Low Dose Accutane Long Term Effects

23 November 2013 - 06:24 AM

Hey everyone,


I was on low dose accutane 10mg/day for over a year. It was prescribed by a Dr. in asia along with a bunch of other antibiotics for acne. My skin became crystal clear as a result and oil production reduced tons. Now it's been over a year off and my skin seems to be oilier than it ever has. Also, I get a combination of folliculitis and acne. Has anyone ever experienced these types of symptons after accutane? I'd rather have my skin before than how it is now, it's worse and oilier than before.





Hey Brian,


If it were me I'd get myself another course of isotretinoin asap.  How long were you on antibiotics?  Were you taking them simultaneously for the year???  I'd avoid doing that again; just try get the isotretinoin.  As you know the low long course has fewer side effects and eventually does the trick.  Relaspes and multiple courses are common for some people however, Im currently on my 4th course, which will be an indeffinate one until I'm happy the issue is resolved.  Please check my profile for my story/journey etc if you wish, and drop me a message if you think i can help you in any way.


Hope you find a solution.  All the best.



In Topic: Accutane Low Dose Question

23 September 2013 - 02:55 PM

Hey guys. I've been on 10mg for 1 month and 20mg for a month and a half now. I was wondering if it takes a lot longer to clear while on a low dose. I have been tempted to call my derm and ask for an increased dose because i am still breaking out. Can anyone who has had experience with low dose accutane let me know of their own experience.


Many thanks


Hey Cloitus,


Taking a low dose will indeed take you longer to reach your recommended culmative dose, which stands at between 125-150mg for every kg you weigh. 


So if for example you weigh 80kg,


then 125 x 80 = 10,000


divided by the dosage you wish to take, lets say 40mg, so,


10,000 / 40 = 250 days, or 35 weeks, or 9 months.


So in short yes, it will take longer, but then the trade off is you have less severe side effects.  I have taken all manner of dosages myself, from high to low&long and I find personally the latter to be more beneficial to me.


Please feel free to drop me a message or look at my profile etc if you think I can help you in any way.


Hope that helps.


All the best,



In Topic: Dry Scalp From Accutane?

14 September 2013 - 09:45 AM

So I have always had a somewhat dry scalp, but it seems to be worse due to being on accutane, even for only a week. What are some good moisturizing conditioners that would help combat the dryness and flakes?


Whats weird is that it really only is dry around my hairlines, like right above my forehead, my back of neck hairline, and my upper side burn area.


I hear olive oil is great so I tried that, but it made my hair feel very oily with the flakes and itchiness still present...plus it was very messy.


I use a conditioner right now, but it seems to not really be doing much...i also only wash my hair every other day.


My derm prescribed me Nizoral 2% Shampoo, apply and lather once a week only in my case - works wonderfully.  No dryness or dandruff at all - currently on my 4th course of tane, 20mg per day - weigh 80kg.


Hope this helps



In Topic: Dose On Accutane To Ensure Remission?

12 September 2013 - 10:43 AM

The recommended cumulative dose to minimise the chance of relapse after Accutane is 120-150mg/kg. See pages 20-22 of attached PDF and its references:


So actually, I'll need 6,600mg in total (120 x 55)? This means I'll need to stay on it for 6 months if I stay on 40mg. 


Thank you for the PDF, that's very helpful.


Hey B,


Yeah pretty much, approx 6 months is standard treatment time - the cumulative recommended dosage is as Biggs said above.  You may also be given an extension of say 3 further months if you are not entirely clear - this happened to me the first time I took 'tane all those years ago.  It worked, but then I quickly relapsed after treatment.  Hopefully you will achieve a permanent remission, but it's not a certainty in any case:  I'm on my 4th course right now as you may remember :)


Hope you're progressing through the treatment ok


All the best


In Topic: Competitive Weightlifter And Accutane, Supplements For Joints And Post Accuta...

10 September 2013 - 03:50 PM

I experience pain in my elbows everyday from lifting and am looking for something to work also.  I take cod liver oil and apply a shitload of ralgex which seems to allow me to push through the pain - more a nagging than severe type - sometimes it can even motivate me to keep going in a quasi- masochistic way.  I am on my 4th course, but for the first time, a low long treatment of 20mg per day - I weigh 80kg.


* I did however have to stop long distance jogging, as for days afterwards I wouldnt be able to walk without a lot of pain - so it made any gains negligible as I'd need 3 or so days to recover before even attempting to jog again.


Hope you find a solution, all the best with your treatment