My lips have been super dry since being on 60mg a day. I've tried a variety of different chapsticks... blistex, aquafor (however you spell it ha), etc. The thing that works the best though seems to be vaseline. It works a ton better than the others, at least for me. I don't look like Clint Eastwood anymore ha. The higher dosage has been drying out my eyes though. Not cool, because I wear contacts and it's almost impossible to wear them here lately.
My back has gained substantial ground though. I thought I had hit a plateau for the longest time and for some reason when I saw it today, it was almost completely back to normal. Keyword --> almost. Pretty pumped/excited. Now that I basically don't have to put up with the nuisance of it, I just have to keep taking the meds until the doc says otherwise. I don't want this booger to come back.
Everything is fine, just a slow process. My back is getting better, it's just hard to see significant process when you see yourself everyday. My lips are dry and so are my eyes. I put eye drops in at least once a day, but sometimes the dryness still manages to bother my contacts.
Also I've been swimming laps in my pool, gotta get that exercise back in the routine.
Still chuggin' along. I feel like my acne fluctuates. Sometimes I think I'm on the road to recovery and then I breakout. Then again I could just be seeing the results of stress accumulating from finals. It'll just take time, you can't rush this stuff (unfortunately haha).
However from when I started to now, I'd say I've improved 100% even though I am still having trouble getting the last bit of it killed off.
40mg a day.
Things are getting better. My back has really gained significant ground in the past week/ week and a half. Unfortunately though, I have red marks out the ying yang from it all. Time will fix that, however with summer coming I hope that's sooner than later.
I went to the doctor's earlier in the week. My triglycerides had risen even though I've been pretty cautious of what I eat, but then again I've been real busy studying for school (especially now that finals are coming) that unfortunately I haven't been able to go workout in over a month. So that's probably a contributing factor in the higher numbers.
I am now on 40mg a day.
And to clear up the info about being dry... I kind of had conflicting posts.
When I first started taking the meds I noticed quickly a drying out effect and then after week 2 I guess, I stopped being so dry. I wasn't doing anything different (to my knowledge), it's just like my body compensated for the extra dryness or something to that degree. Everybody's different though, so the fact that I'm not super dry isn't that big of a deal.
Nothing crazy has happened, my shoulders look a little bit better I guess. Still got issues though plus some hardcore redness.
Still not dried out. I find this really strange. I go to my doc appt next week so I'll be doing some investigating. I know it works it's magic on everybody differently but my general understanding was everybody got super dry (Clint Eastwood style - like in Good, Bad, and the Ugly haha). Maybe I'm just super oily. I mean I know I'm a load more oilier than the average joe but dang. As weird as it sounds, I want to be dry. Maybe I need a higher dosage, not really my call though... We shall see how things proceed within the following week.
Plus not being able to eat certain foods (especially as a college student), makes life rough (there's free pizza everywhere... but not while I'm on these meds =/ haha). I'm already conscious of what I eat, but now I'm checking the nutrition facts and the whole nine yards. I feel like a health nut. ha
I drank a good amount of alcohol on day 15 and forgot to take my pill. Double negative I suppose, oh well. Kind of an accident, definitely not going to make a habit of it since the doc said I should lay off the adult beverages. However, it did lower my tolerance pretty dramatically. Made the night pretty cheap haha
Other than that I've been taking my meds regularly with no results. Still fairly early though.
I'm really not dry at all anymore, it's weird. I got pretty dry from the beginning but kind of "wore off.", I don't use moisturizer or chapstick... nothing. Like I said, seems odd compared to what I read from other folks.
So around day 10 or so, I really started noticing the whole "drying out" effect everybody was talking about. Now that I'm at the 2 week marker, my lips are pretty dry and my hair and face are much less oilier than normal (which is good, glad to know it's doing work ha).
However, my problems with my back haven't exactly subsided yet, to put it mildly. Now that I'm at day 14, I've noticed over the past few days I've been breaking out more than usual. My face, which was actually really clear, started to have issues. Noting crazy and definitely manageable, just higher than average. And my back, more than normal as well.
I'm still making sure I drink plenty of water any chance I get to help combat the dried out feeling. I'm also going to need to start applying chapstick (or something of the sort: vaseline, etc.) to my lips more frequently.
Hm not much has changed honestly. I've been really adamant about drinking a lot of water, so hopefully that limits the dry mouth/lips that are soon to come. If anything my face broke out a little more than usual, but nothing crazy or unmanageable.
Thought I'd start a little blog to keep track of my progress while taking Claravis. My doc said I should be on it for 6 months, hopefully the medicine runs it's course sooner than that. We shall see. ha
I'm on 30mg once a day.
I started with hardly any issues on my face and if there were, it was only on my forehead. However, still very minor.
My shoulders were the main reason I started. Therefore I should start out by saying, my shoulders were in rough shape. I just got tired of not being able to go out to the lake, etc without being self conscientious. Just got old. So now I'm on Claravis. Boom, take that sucka! haha