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Starting again on Accutane




Age: 43

Sex: Male

Weight: 180-185

Dosage: 40/mg (to start)/day

Drug: Amnesteem (generic)

Course: 2nd, last took in 1996

Last night was the night I finally popped my first pill. This is my second (or second and a half, really) course of Accutane. I took it back in 1995, and again in 1996 six months after but stopped treatment without finishing. I'm not sure why I did that, but my skin was relatively clear.

Keep in mind back then the internet wasn't full of forums with posts about all the horrible side effects, and I would guess much more is known now about the drug. Certainly depression was not one of the factors back then, and I did not experience it.

It worked for me, as far as I can remember, and now that I'm in my 40's, I have recently started to deal with breakouts like I was 19 all over again. I've tried everything under the sun, topical, oral, everything. Some worked better than others.

After a couple of months of a losing battle and a new dermo who made me feel pretty good about another course, I'm taking the leap in the hope I can get back to not worrying about my skin.

So I'm taking Accutane again. I'm going to have some challenge with a couple of possible side effects, mostly dryness as I live in a very dry mountain climate, and also hopefully won't have the bone/joint aching as I am an extremely active/outdoor/gym person all year.

This blog is really for me, to just track how things are working, how my regimen works, and to make sure I note if any side effects are taking place. I'm happy to share and respond to any questions.


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