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Day 74

Cumulative dose: 72 mg/kg Changed side effects since last post: Heel pain, persistent blackheads, two small pimples Persistent side effects: Sweaty nose, dry lips, flaking skin on face The heel pain has been around for several weeks. It's definitely my heel or lower Achilles tendon--not plantar fasciitis. Very strange. It's uncomfortable but doesn't interfere with activities. That said, I stopped running and taking long walks because I was afraid I might be aggravating it. I don't think

labRat

labRat

03/06/12

 

Day 51

Cumulative dose: 45 mg/kg Changed side effects since last post: Sweaty nose Persistent side effects: Dry lips, flaking skin on face, blackheads fading, skin fragile Not much is new. I still have blackheads on my nose and very small ones on my forehead and cheeks (they're obvious only to me in the mirror). The ones on my nose have faded dramatically in the past month, but I'm really hoping they'll going away entirely. A bizarre side effect that first appeared several weeks ago is th

labRat

labRat

02/11/12

 

Day 32

Cumulative dose: 26 mg/kg Changed side effects since last post: Rash gone, no tolerance of alcohol/late nights Persistent side effects: Dry lips, flaking skin on face, blackheads fading, skin fragile Managed to clear up the rash with a lot of moisturizer. I'm up to 1.0 mg/kg/day from a month at 0.8 mg/kg/day. The first day on the new dose, I went out dancing and had a cocktail. I went to bed two hours later than I usually do. I felt like absolute crap--headache, major fatigue, wea

labRat

labRat

01/23/12

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02/11/12

 

Day 27

Cumulative dose: 21.6 mg/kg Changed side effects since last post: Light rash on hand and arms, blackheads fading, skin less blotchy, skin more fragile Persistent side effects: Dry lips, flaking skin on face Apologies for not posting sooner! I've been busy, partly with traveling. The blotchiness in my skin largely disappeared a few days after my last post (i.e., days 17-20). I've been moisturizing with Cerave twice a day and washing my face (with soap, usually Cetaphil) twice a

labRat

labRat

01/19/12

 

Day 16

Cumulative dose: 12.8 mg/kg Changed side effects since last post: General redness, peeling/flaking skin all over face Persistent side effects: Dry lips, obvious blackheads The side effects are getting gross and discouraging. My skin is increasingly raw and blotchy looking; there's a growing mismatch between my foundation and overall skin tone. I also have these flaky patches, especially around my mouth and chin, that don't seem to go away. My skin is really sensitive too--almost everyth

labRat

labRat

01/08/12

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01/08/12

 

Day 12

Cumulative dose: 9.6 mg/kg Changed side effects since last post: Blackheads more visible (and/or more of them), skin starting to peel/flake around mouth Persistent side effects: Dry lips I seem to have gotten new blackheads in my T-zone, and/or the ones that are there look really obvious. Not pretty. I hope it's the isotretinoin working and not the fact that I've upped the moisturizer--about a week ago, I tried a different moisturizer. Only after rubbing it into my face did I notice tha

labRat

labRat

01/03/12

 

Day 8

Cumulative dose: 6.4 mg/kg Side effects since last post: Dry lips (since day 5) I took my first dose on 12/22/11. I'm taking 40 mg/day of Claravis. Great excuse for nightly ice cream. My boyfriend gave me a giant tub of Aquaphor in my Christmas stocking. Awww.... I've been using it on my lips several times a day. I had a headache the whole day before my first dose, and it continued the first two days of treatment. Because it preceded treatment, I'm chalking it up to something el

labRat

labRat

12/30/11

 

Introduction

My goal is to provide useful information for other current or potential users of isotretinoin. (Also, in the long run, this kind of blog data should totally be aggregated and analyzed!) Basic statistics Female 31 years old 50 kg (110 lbs) 5'4" Caucasian History of acne I first got acne when I was 13. Since that age, I've continuously been on one medication or another. My dermatologist and I discovered when I was in high school that my acne responded very well to oral contra

labRat

labRat

12/30/11

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