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10 years of Acne vs. Claravis

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Claravis 10mg/ Day 28

Well, I am still waiting on that intial harsh breakout. Over the past 2 weeks i felt like there were more cyst type pimples but not to the extent that I thought it would be by now. Today when I came home from work, I did notice that my blackheads were a lot darker. Other than that, I dont feel like I am having the reaction to the medicine that i expected from the research I did. I am wondering if it is because I am on the lowest dosage? I have a doctors appointment on tuesday, so I will just have to see what the doctor says. My side effects so far have been manageable. I get tired half way through the day and have to take a nap by the time I get home from work or I start to feel like I am going to pass out. My attention span has very much decreased. I feel like I have to be doing 4 things at once in order to stay sane. I have to say one of good side effects for me has been that I am able to easily fall asleep at night now, whereas I use to have a very hard time going to bed and staying asleep. Also, I havent really been hungry that much and if I eat I get full really fast. I guess that is kind of cool in a way. It's hard for me to believe that I am almost through the first month. i waited so long to start this and now its finally happening, it is kind of surreal to think that one day I might have clear skin.

startingfresh

startingfresh

 

Clarvis 10mg / day 15

well, so far it really has not been bad at all. hopefully writing this post wont jinx me! I have been taking claravis 10mg for 15 days now. i could almost instantly see a change. I feel as though my face is definitely not as red and irritated around my problem areas. It looks like my face is smoother and it definitely doesnt take as long to put my makeup on. At the end of the first week, my right cheek was really hurting because of the break outs. I have little bumbs here and there, and the commodones on my neck area have visibly decreased. My lower cheeks have some larger breakouts but compared to what it was 3 weeks ago, it is much better and hideable. so far the side effects have been minimal. I would mostly recommend finding a really great chapstick and buy three of them and place them in your most frequently visited areas. I put one in my car, in my purse, and on my desk at home. Every few hours I slather it on and when I dont have it I want to cry. Drink lots of water, I am trying to work this into my daily habit more but I love my coffee too much. I have defintely lost my appetite, which is a total plus. Maybe I will lose a couple of unneeded pounds in this crazy process! Good Luck to everyone who is starting or continueing their accutane process!

startingfresh

startingfresh

 

almost didnt make it....

So last time I wrote about how frustrated I was with the doctors office not registering me at Ipledge therefore postponing my start date for a whole 30 days! I finally got back into the Doctors office and when I told my actual doctor what happened, we will just have to say he was less than happy with his staff and apologized profusely. I was over the frustration and anger at that point as it was a new day and it was the day I was getting my script and would actually be able to fill it! The start of a new day and a new life! The doc wrote my script I went straight to the lab to get the bloodwork after leaving his office because i had already been fasting in preparation for the appointment. At the lab, the technicion advised the results would be in on thursday. Well I figured my doctors office would call when I coudl fill the script. I was wrong, evidently after the results come in to the doctor they input them in the computer and then after the patient answers the questions, they can go get the script filled. I didnt realize this until monday night and my script would have been no good if I didnt pick it up before tuesday. Luckily I was able to correct my mistake before it was too late and another month was lost. I would like to break down the steps for those that might have questions on how it works: 1. discuss if accutane is right for you with your doctor. If it is, sign Ipledge form and take prego test. decide on 2 forms of BC that you will use throughout the whole accutane cyle. start taking or using BC that day. ( you have to be on it for 30 days before starting accutane) 2. You should receive a piece of mail from the Ipledge program when your doctor has registered you. If you do not receive this within a week after your doctor appt, call them! You have to be registered by your doctor and it has to be valid for 30 days prior to you starting the regiment. 3. go back to the doctor in 30 days, he will give you the script for your first 30 days of accutane. When you get the script you cannot go immediately to the pharmacy. The doctor will also give you a blood work sheet. Fast and then get the bloodwork asap. 4. The results will take 2-3 day to get to the doctor. The doctor inputs the reults in the Ipledge system and then you have to answer your monthly questions before getting the script filled. You have to have your script picked up within 7 days of the appt, so get this stuff done quickly and stay on top of your doc office to make sure they dont mess up the process. 5. Pick up your script, read all of the medical printouts they give you and start accutane!

startingfresh

startingfresh

 

so upset...

So I went to my Dermatologist last thursday and received my first prescription of claravis. My doctor gave me papers to get bloodwork done and I dragged myself to the Lab at 7:30a on my day to get drained. i thought it was all worth it because I was a few days away from filling the script and starting the meds that would most likely change my life. and then I waited... i called the doctor yesterday to see if the bloodwork had come back and maybe they had forgotten to call me. teh receptionist said the bloodwork had come back but that my file was locked still. She said she would call me back. and so I waited.. so I call the doctor today. (Yes, after waiting ten years for this, an extra day seems like a lifetime!) The receptionist had the unfortunate pleaseure of telling me that IPledge never received my registration and that now I couldnt get the script filled for another 30 days! UGH! It's the least to say that I was not the happiest camper on the phone with her. Now I have to wait until my appt at the end of August to take another P-test and get more blood drained before I start the meds. I know there are way more horrible things that happen everyday and I am grateful for the life I have, but right now I am just plain frustrated! and so I wait....

startingfresh

startingfresh

 

a brief history

Well, I am 26 and am currently experiencing the worst acne of my life. Most likely from all the recent stress. Growing up and doing the adult thing kinda sucks and seems to get a little harder everyday. lol I would say that I have had acne for at least 10 years, possibly 12. It has been so long since I have had clear skin that I cant remember what its like. That's just insane for someone to live their life like that. My life today consists of trying to find the best way to hide my acne, which most recently has come to staying at home the majority of the time or only visiting those friends that are extremely close. Foundation, concealer, and powder are bought almost monthly to try and conceal the extreme destruction zone that i feel my face has become. Its the middle of summer, which to me only translates to missed opportunities and trying to make sure my makeup doesnt sweat off. Days at the beach or pool, picnics in the park, and family barbeques are events that I dread at this time of year. I always thought my acne was bad however it has been extreme lately. i feel like there isnt a centimeter of clear skin left. It's like commodones on top of commodones and there isnt a day that goes by without some random cysts popping up. I am creating this blog for therapuetic reasons to help me get through the accutane process. My hope is that as I blog my fight with acne that someone else will be inspired to take control of their own fight. My words, pictures, and emotions are all going to be here for whomever decides to read this darn thing. My dermatologist set this thursday 7/29 as the starting date for my treatment. My acne has officially taken over my life and its time for me to take it back! Here is to starting fresh!

startingfresh

startingfresh

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