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In Topic: What Was Your Triglyceride Count On Accutane?

30 April 2013 - 03:51 PM

I don't know what my triglyceride count was exactly but I just recently got back my blood work after 1 month of being on 'tane and my triglycerides, cholesterol, and one of my liver enzymes were all high.  My derm called them "slight" elevations and was not concerned.  Given that he has decades of experience with Accutane I'm inclined to agree with him that it's not likely to be anything serious.  My impression is that it's quite common to have triglyceride and cholesterol elevations on Accutane, and there's an excellent chance those elevations will go away once the medication is stopped.  I am somewhat concerned but as long as my derm doesn't try to push a higher dose on me (currently on 40mg) I don't have a problem with continuing the medication.

In Topic: Dehydration Feeling On Accutane

25 April 2013 - 06:55 PM

Have you been getting blood tests?  Are the results normal?  In any event it sounds like you need to see a doctor ASAP--sometimes a rash can be an indicator of something serious.  For example, the skin disease Stevens-Johnson Syndrome usually starts with flu-like symptoms, one of which is cough, then can quickly progress into a life-threatening illness.  If you don't feel like your derm will take it seriously or you can't get in right away, I would go see a regular doctor.

In Topic: Starting First Job And About To Use Accutane

25 April 2013 - 06:34 PM

It doesn't sound like you have perfect skin now, and you still got hired, so maybe your employer doesn't care as much about your skin/acne as you might think?  I can understand being afraid of breaking out worse on Accutane, but it doesn't happen to everyone--my skin has only gotten better since I started 'tane about a month ago.  Just something to consider--you may be lucky like me!

In Topic: Accutane - Initial Outbreak Question

18 April 2013 - 12:24 PM

I really don't know.  I braced myself for an initial breakout but I have been incredibly lucky so far and my skin has only improved since I started it.  I'm on about day 17 of 40mg.

In Topic: Dosage Too High?

13 April 2013 - 11:56 PM

According to my doctor it's usually not necessary to take a dose above 1 mg per kilogram of body weight.   113 lbs is 51 kg, so according to this logic your dose should be about 50mg.  Maybe ask your doctor why you are on that particular dose?  But it sounds like you are tolerating Accutane very well, so you probably don't have anything to worry about as long as your monthly blood tests come back normal.