Hey everyone. I went through a lot of the Accutane blogs on this website before deciding to try it for myself. I hope my documentation of this experience over these next couple of months can be beneficial.
23 years old
Suffering from acne since age 16
Previous products used: Vitamin b, Aquaglyoclic, Natures Best, Proactive, Clean and Clear 10% BP, doxycyclin, minocycline, doxycycline, erythromycin, and yes I have even done Dan's Regimen.
Problem Area: Face
Price: $433 for 60 40mg tabs at Costco
Insurance: won't cover it. (insurance is a joke)
40 mg a day of Claravis. A generic form of Accutane. Under doctor supervision and monthly blood work.
Current Results: Face is becoming a little bit clearer after what was a terrible IB (initial breakout). Skin all over is fairly smooth. Zits are going away faster, but some are still coming out.
Side Effects: Tired, dry scalp, dry skin, achy joints, sometimes headaches, and chapped lips.
I'm going to be starting my third week of this drug tomorrow. So far I am pleased. This isn't supposed to be a medication that cures acne quickly, but it seems to be doing that for me at the moment. Like I stated earlier I had a terrible IB day 4-10 but hopefully it has subsided. In terms of side effects I really don't mind the chapped lips (I use aquaphor if it gets bad) and my biggest complaint would be the sometimes achy joints and itchy dry skin. I hate feeling itchy!
I'd like to note that I don't feel depressed or suicidal.
I will try and post another update at the end of this week.
Feel free to ask me any questions.