Today is day 6 on accutane, but I haven't taken my dose yet. Last night I totally freaked out. My hands started to tingle and my shoulders hurt. My bf said it was probably tight muscles b/c I could move everything just fine. Also my stomach hurt and my lungs hurt. Probably because I'm drying out and live at 7000 ft with super dry air and have asthma. But all the same it sucks and lead to me crying and freaking out. But, my boyfriend (who is beyond wonderful) calmed me down and everything. I called my Dr. today, but he hasn't called back yet. I'm probably just fine, but I freak out soooo easily, and I want to make sure.
So today is my third day on 40mg/day of amnesteem. There aren't really any changes in my skin yet--kinda early for that. I am starting to dry out. I am always thirsty. I do have an annoying side effect--stomach ache/nausea. It's unpleasant, but probably not that serious. Has anyone else had stomach aches after taking accutane? I sure hope it goes away. ugh.
I just started the generic accutane, Amnesteem, today. I am 25 years old, female, and have had wicked cystic acne for roughly 3 years. I've been on everything including antibiotics, all sorts of prescription and non-prescription topical treatments, used chemical peels, blue light treatment, zeno, and facials. Nothing has worked so far, at all. So, I got the 'tane. I was afraid of accutane before because of the nasty side effects and the possible abdominal damage. But, my dermatologist said that accutane is the only possible thing that will help, and otherwise I'd probably have acne until I'm like 40. So, I decided to roll the proverbial accutane dice.
I got my blood tests, filled out the ipledge book, and got my script. And shoot, it's a good thing I have insurance, because without it Amnesteem (40 mg daily) would cost $450/month. And the doc said 1-2 beers 5 nights a week is okay, just no binge drinking. Lucky for me, my nights of college keggers are behind me. Oh, and I'm supposed to drink 3-4 liters of water a day. Overall, I'm hopeful. It'd be so GD great to not have to wear make up daily.