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3 Months Off And Considering Going Back On

Hi guyssss! I finally got in with an eye doctor in my new country and he said my eyes are completely normal. They still feel somewhat dry to me but nothing some drops won't fix. I'm also cleared for wearing contacts again (though I had already started to wear them again for special occasions once things normalised). I am considering going back on tane at a VERY low dose (2.5-10 mgs/day) if my acne keeps up. I am back to having very oily skin and hair and acne just as bad as pre-tane

glitznzits

glitznzits

02/09/15

 

Off For A Month Update

Hi All, Just a follow-up. Still waiting for my new healthcare to get set up, so still waiting to get cleared for contacts again, sigh. Eyes are still not completely normal, they are not really dry or blurry but definitely a little blepharitis-y still. Found a PubMed article saying up to 60% of people experience blepharitis coming off accutane (why don't they tell you this stuff?!?!) but didn't say if it was permanent. Great. Skin and hair oil is back 100% and had a couple of my usu

glitznzits

glitznzits

10/28/14

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10/30/14

 

20 Days Off Accutane

Hi All, I ultimately made the decision with my derm to quit accutane. The keratitis in my eye was not improving, it was only getting worse, and though it is a relatively minor condition there is a risk of permanent dry eye and associated issues, not to mention the fact that my vision was getting super-blurry out of that eye which was really freaking me out and affecting my quality of life. I also was moving internationally which would make it hard to continue anyway since I'd have to find

glitznzits

glitznzits

10/15/14

 

Day 51--Reduced Dosage

soooooo, I finally heard back from my derm, he instructed me to only take the 20mg pills (1 per day) as opposed to the 50mg regimen i was on (30mgs am 20mgs pm) until I come in tuesday for my monthly check-in. he described my eye issue as basically "eczema on my eye," which makes sense given the little eczema patches I've gotten on my arms during treatment. He said he'd bump me back up to 30mgs if things were looking up after 2 weeks...wish me luck! toodles, glitz

glitznzits

glitznzits

09/25/14

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09/29/14

 

Day 50!

Howdy, I'm still anxiously awaiting a call from my derm re: stopping or reducing 'tane, but I did reach a milestone today so I'm going to try to stay positive and list some of my progress so far and the most helpful things I've encountered along the way. I currently have two tiiiiiny pimples, one over my eyebrow and one near my mouth. I'm about to hit "that time," so I'm guessing this is the tane-ified version of my usual monthly pus volcanoes Skin dryness is finally under control

glitznzits

glitznzits

09/24/14

 

Dry Eye Update

2 weeks later my right eye is still dry and blurry so I went back to the optometrist for a follow-up today. No good, she said that the keratitis has gotten worse and that now my cornea was also slightly swollen She prescribed prescription steroid drops this time and said she was going to call my derm to confer about either taking me off accutane or reducing my dosage ( I am so bummed out. I hope I can stay on at a low dose since this drug is my only hope. The silver lining is that punctal kerat

glitznzits

glitznzits

09/23/14

 

Month 2 Day 10--Dry Eyes Ugh

I'm experiencing kind of a mini version of the initial dryness craziness from month 1, due to the upped dosage. Lips, upper lip, and chin are all peeling, but not nearly as bad as the first time around. However, I am really stressed out about my eyes--they are sooo dry and the vision in my right eye has become blurry. I went to the optometrist and she said the blurriness is caused by mild keratitis on that eye due to it being dry from the accutane and told me to use OTC eye drops 4x a day and an

glitznzits

glitznzits

09/13/14

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09/17/14

 

Month 2 Day 5

A few updates in the past almost-week: 1) My derm upped me to 50mgs a day. This will probably be my max. I weigh exactly 50kgs (110lbs), so that's a perfect 1mg/kg dose. 2) I learnt my lesson bigtime about accutane and alcohol!!! I had had quite a bit of wine on a trip to wine country a little over a week into my course with no ill effects, but was still staying off the sauce to be safe as a general rule. I went out for what I thought would be one or two drinks with friends saturday

glitznzits

glitznzits

09/08/14

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09/13/14

 

One Month Review

I take my 30th pill tonight! A roundup of Month 1 in brief: No effects first weekish, then sudden onset of extremely flaky skin and lips along with a huge purge of pus-filled whiteheads (5-10 per day, lasting a day or less each). Ceased topical retinoids and switched to only Cerave Hydrating Cleanser and cerave cream moisturizer. Flakiness and whiteheads gradually calmed, followed by blackheads towards week 4. Scalp is not oily at all, only washing hair 1x per week when daily washing

glitznzits

glitznzits

09/02/14

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09/08/14

 

Very Important Blood Draw Advice!

DRINK TONS OF WATER BEFORE YOUR BLOOD TESTS. I have never had a problem with blood drawings before but this stuff dehydrates you so much that they spent like 10 mins poking around in my vein, gave up, had me drink a huge bottle of water in the waiting room, then tried again half an hour later in the other arm, and after another 10-15 mins of poking and needles wiggling in my vein (ugh! I'm not scared of needles but it was AWFUL) they finally got a few drops of blood out of me, enough for the tes

glitznzits

glitznzits

08/29/14

 

Two Packs Down!

Finished my second pack today! They come in packs of 10 pills, 3 per month. It reminded me that I figured out something fairly obvious but really awesome-- you can cut your 'tane out of the scary deformed baby/preggo lady with red X packaging! That way you don't end up with "no preggos allowed" stickers all over your house... of if you're me, annoyed that the FDA doesn't trust women to not be total idiots... I wanted to liberate a couple of the blister packs to take with me on a short trip, and

glitznzits

glitznzits

08/24/14

 

Day 18

Just an update on my current routine, what I'm trying, etc. PureMoist rewetting drops have been AMAZING for keeping my contacts comfortable. I hope they keep working! I hate wearing glasses. Took some practice to not get them all over my face though. Face is super-dry and very flaky. Lips are not so bad with aquaphor lip repair applied as needed. I stopped putting atralin on my peeling areas (nose edges, chin, lip edges) about a week ago, and stopped using it on my non-flaky t-zone

glitznzits

glitznzits

08/21/14

 

Two Weeks Down/face Peeling Off In Chunks

Howdy, Two weeks down...five and a half months to go! Haha. I feel like the day I got braces when I went in trying to imagine what tooth pain would feel like, and boy I found out... Ultra oily me two weeks ago could never imagine skin this dry! Even with layers of cerave cream my skin is so peel-y it's hard to go out in public without feeling like a freak. Still getting some whiteheads. I also developed a swollen red patch about the size of a dime on my chin, I think from a whitehead that

glitznzits

glitznzits

08/18/14

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08/21/14

 

Day 11--Whitehead Purge!

Dear Reader, It is Day 11. My lips are cracking and peeling off delightfully. But even more exciting are the fantastic little eruptions of pussy goo, concentrated in the corners of the nose but not averse to taking up residence in the chin, cheeks, and upper lip. They have a tendency to spontaneously burst during the day, adding charming rivulets of fluid to my otherwise quite arid visage. Tah tah for now, glitznzizts P.S., I should mention the rather odd flaking behind the

glitznzits

glitznzits

08/15/14

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01/04/15

 

Day 8: Hair Falling Out, Cracked Mouth Corners

One week in, I am already noticing hair loss, which is freaking me out. I lost TONS of hair when I went off the pill a little over two years ago due to telogen effluvium. It all grew back as far as I can tell, but it really sucked--It looked very thin over the temples and when it grew back I had a crazy-looking "halo" of baby hairs for a few months, lol. I think I'm just prone to TE. I lost hair for about 6 months when I went off the pill, which is about the length of my course. I guess I'll hav

glitznzits

glitznzits

08/12/14

 

Week 1 In Review + Drinking Experiement

Tonight I'll be taking pill 7. I am just starting to get some dryness around the corners of lips and edges of nose. I also did a little experiment last night with alcohol, just to see what would happen, because I have a few special occasions that I'd like to be able to have a couple of drinks at during the course, and I wanted to know in advance if I'd feel ill from mixing alcohol with the medication or get horribly hungover or anything, so I split a bottle of red wine with my wife over th

glitznzits

glitznzits

08/10/14

 

Day 6--It's Getting Real!

Got a big ol' zit on my chin and the corners of my nose are getting dry, as well as some eye dryness...also noticing a bit more hair coming out in the brush. I'm hoping the hair is a coincidence, I lost lots of hair coming off Ocella (Yasmin) and don't want to repeat that experience...

glitznzits

glitznzits

08/10/14

 

Day 5

Still nothing major going on--I got the impression from the boards here that like, you popped one pill and immediately your lips cracked and peeled off--luckily, it seems like it takes a while for the dryness to kick in! I have noticed that it is starting to hurt to use my Clarisonic though, so it might be time to retire that. Also, anyone else wake up feeling mildly hungover taking this stuff, despite not drinking? So weird--must be the dehydration?

glitznzits

glitznzits

08/08/14

 

Day 2

Nothing too crazy happening yet. Woke up with a headache and two new tiny whiteheads, but I'm guessing both of those things are unrelated this early on. I'm still continuing with a less-intense version of my topical treatment until the dryness really kicks in (2% salicylic acid wash AM & PM, with Clarisonic at night followed by Atralin (tretinoin .5%).

glitznzits

glitznzits

08/05/14

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08/07/14

 

Tane Day 1

Today is Day 1! Picked it up at the pharmacy today. I'll be taking 40mgs daily of Absorica, which is basically a new isotretinoin product that is coated in fat to aid absorption, even if you take it without a fat-containing food (as you must do with regular 'tane to absorb the product). I had a coupon to get it for $10, same price as the weird never-heard-of-it generic they tried to give me at the pharmacy instead (Myorica or something, not Claravis or any of the normal generics) I a

glitznzits

glitznzits

08/05/14

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08/05/14

 

Intro + Pre-Tane Appointment

Hello Person Considering Accutane! I'm going to keep this blog of my 'tane experience. About me: 25, female, suffering from Yasmin-induced hormonal acne since migraines forced me off the medicine at age 23. Atralin (.05% tretinoin) worked for a time, but still getting monthly cysts. Today I went in to get one of such cysts shot up with cortisone, and begged my derm to let me try Accutane. My teary-eyed (passionate, but not depressed!) appeal worked, somewhat to my surp

glitznzits

glitznzits

06/26/14

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06/26/14

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