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JKarl1

Member Since 25 Apr 2013
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Blurriness And Just Feeling... Off

13 July 2013 - 10:19 AM

I've been on 90/mg accutane for a month. The past few days, my vision has become blurry. It's very hard for me to focus on things. I'm not sure if this is in my head or in my eyes. I'm just feeling very panicky about this, kind of upset. I want to stay the course because I need to get rid of my acne. My derm told me to reduce my dose to 60 mg yesterday. I know I haven't given it much time, but things have not improved since yesterday. Would it make sense to stop the accutane for a few days entirely to see if my vision improves? Does anyone have experience with this?

 

Thanks guys.


Accutane And Digestion

22 June 2013 - 12:20 PM

I've just completed my first week of Clarivis, 90mg/day. The past two days, I've been experiencing some mild/moderate stomach cramps, bloating, and gas. This is not normal for me. Is this likely related to the Clarivis? Should I be concerned? (I do have concerns about developing IBS.) If this is a known symptom, will it be persistent? I have been taking an apparently strong probiotic from Whole Foods, but I don't get the impression that it's working very well. Can anyone recommend something that may help with my digestive health while I'm on the Clarivis?

 

Otherwise, I've been feeling pretty good. My skin is actually pretty clear, a lot smoother than usual. I have a few deep cysts, but they're not conspicuous or red like they usually are. I would like to stay the course and finally have clear skin, but I would also like to be doing everything in my power to keep my body healthy and functional for the short and long-term.

 

Thanks guys!


Starting First Job And About To Use Accutane

25 April 2013 - 09:36 AM

Hey guys,

 

This my first post, although I've followed product reviews on this website for years now. I desperately need some advice.

 

Background:

 

I've been using both Tazorac .01% Gel for almost a year and Minocycline for about 7 or 8 months to treat my severe cystic acne. I also supplement my treatment with "Zinc for Acne," B Vitamin Complex, Apple Cider Vinegar (internally and topically), and Aloe Vera Juice. As compared to where I was a year ago, my face has dramatically cleared, although typically red, dry, and sometimes shiny. Still, every once in a while, I'll get a spot located near the bridge of my nose and at the corner of my right and/or left eye. These spots tend to become inflamed, causing sometimes excessive swelling and making me look absolutely ridiculous. Before starting my current acne regimen, I was actually hospitalized and pumped full of IV antibiotics after developing a terrible infection located near the corner of my left eye, causing my eyelids to entirely swell shut. My dermatologists have said these "eye things" are simply inconveniently placed and stubborn cysts.

 

Ultimately, I am seeing a new dermatologist who's told me that I can't be on the antibiotics much longer and additionally because I still have some cystic acne and get swollen "eye things" every once in awhile, the only real solution is accutane (which I have resisted up until now). I don't want to do accutane, but I feel I don't have other options at this point (or at least that's the impression my new derm is giving me).

 

Furthermore, I graduated from college last December and have been looking for work ever since. I finally managed to get myself a pretty great job. I am EXTREMELY concerned about appearing professional and presentable to my colleagues and clients at work while I am on accutane, especially because this is my first real job and I need to make a good impression. I am terrified of the initial breakout commonly associated with accutane and I just cannot afford to be extremely broken out for months on end. I have heard prednisone helps a lot, although I'm not sure my derm will be willing to prescribe that. Additionally, I'm concerned about doing five or six months on accutane, only to relapse as soon as the treatment ends. 

 

Before I start the accutane treatment, I'd really appreciate some insight and guidance from people with experience.

 

Thanks so much guys!
 

 

-Jason