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Day One



Not five minutes ago I took my first couple of pills of isotretinoin (and forsooth, how innocuous are these, which hold the key to clear skin!). Needless to say, I'm excited. In fact, so excited that I had butterflies in my stomach for a moment. Silly, when this will be a many-month episode.

Although I had no doubt about hopping on the accutane train, I did have these few anxieties..

  • As I work out rather a lot, and plan to really pick up and get into shape this summer, would I be one of those who had joint pain? perhaps slowed recovery times?
  • To what extent would I have dry skin? Having to wear copious amounts of sunscreen won't be pleasant, nor will avoiding sunlight - especially as I'll be in a most pleasant beach town in California for the summer.
  • Will only being on the program for three months be feckless? In the fall, I will be away and without the ability to regularly take blood tests, so have to stop.
  • How bad will it get before getting better?

I suppose we'll find out over the next months. Should be interesting, and I of course hope I respond well.

I'll be fine-tuning my diet to make sure I optimize the effectiveness of the treatment, as well, but don't plan on compromising my active lifestyle. My body can take it - we're best pals and in sync!


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Hi there, I'm in the middle of month for of Accutane and just thought I'd try to help you a bit. I also work out frequently and also run A LOT. my joints rarely get painful, I won't like though, it does happen occasionally. The pain is always bareable though and really doesn't effect me. Also with sunlight, I really haven't noticed a difference in getting sunburnt, the only thing I have noticed is that I seem to get hotter in the sun than I usually would have. As for the 3 month thing, that will completely and totally depend on your skin. I hope Accutane works for you though and you have a good journey!

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Thanks for sharing. I'll have to wait and see about the effect on my joints. Apart from that, I've already been acting rather like a bat in avoiding the sunlight!

Hope it works for you, too!

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