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#3350912 First (Nhs) Dermatology Appointment - What To Expect

Posted by Jashow94 on 22 May 2013 - 02:18 AM


Hi there!


I've just been prescribed Roaccutane on the NHS. At my first appointment, the derm was quite reluctant to prescribe it for me because she wanted to 'wait and see' if I grow out of it. However as soon as she looked at my face and saw all the acne scars, she quickly changed her mind.


I'd say you are a good candidate for Roaccutane 1) because you are at risk of getting permanent scarring from your acne and 2) because your acne has been unresponsive to other treatments (these are both points that doctors look for when prescribing this drug).


Good luck , I'd be happy to try and answer anything else about this if I can smile.png


Thanks for replying! surprised.gif

Yeah, I'm preparing myself to be disappointed but hopefully the fact that it didn't respond to any medication for four years proves that there's a problem! And I already have scarred quite badly so fingers crossed.

How long did it take to get a prescription from your initial appointment?

I'm not sure what the deal is with the whole contraception thing either and how long I'll have to take that until I get treatment.


Well I was quite unlucky with the whole system. It took me more than 3 months to get my first appointment sad.png

My second appointment was when I got my prescription. This was supposed to be within 2 weeks of my first but my derm messed up and forgot to book me in, so it was a little later than this. 

As for contraception, you have to be on birth control for one month before starting this (and one month after ending it) I think, but I'm not 100% sure. I am already on birth control so I didn't have to do this wait, plus I opted out of the pregnancy prevention plan, although that was not as simple as you'd think.

Hope this helps smile.png


Oh right, it's taking me two months. Probably depends where you are in the UK, some people get an appointment in a couple of weeks.

I've just started taking birth control now to speed everything up a bit if I'm lucky enough to be prescribed roaccutane. 

Thanks for the heads up, haha. Good luck with everything, hope it all works for you! I'll be following your blog so I'm prepared unsure.png Haha