Things are going pretty well. I switched to taking the 40 mgs in the morning to taking it before bed. I thought it could reduce the daytime headaches. It did! My face is actually at a perfect point. It is less oily, but not so dry that I need to moisturize hourly. My body is dry, but it usually is, so I am just lotioning up in the morning and night. My contacts seem slightly dry, but that could be from the heat blowing in the car or a number of other things. My chin seems to be clearing up. Maybe I will get a pass on the initial breakout everyone talks about. I would consider myself very lucky if that happened. I do really need to remember to drink more water. I usually only drink when I am thirsty. That is not good on Accutane or off. When I start to feel yucky, I chug some water and feel better in 30 minutes. I will work on that. I have been having some minor back and joint pain, but nothing that a little Tylenol didn't fix. It could also be from all the lotions and potions I am toting around in my bag. I am prepared for anything!
The doctor told me to discontinue the topical antibiotic a week ago. She stated that I would get too dry once the Accutane kicks in. Well, I cheated. I used it last night. I really just wanted to dry up one or two newbies. In my defense, it was only day 2. But, I suffered the consequences. BAD drying that is only my fault. Life goes on. * Day 3. I have been having a dull headache. I can only assume that it is due to the Accutane because I never get headaches. At this point, I am only taking one a day. I am going to start to take it before bed so maybe I can sleep through the headaches. They are tolerable, but thinking that they could last six more month is sort of intolerable. Which makes me think...Why am I doing this? Is all of this worth the side effects? Ask me when I have a minor breakout and I would say no. When it is full blown, gross, unbearable, everyone-is-looking-at-my-chin breakout, it probably is worth it. *I may "cheat" again tonight. Apparently, I am not good at learning lessons.