I just started taking Accutane. My doctor placed me on it because I have chronic, cystic, scarring acne that has not responded to differin, clyndamyacin, and regular treatment regimens. I wish I had done this in high school, before turning 30, before scarring, but I have faith that my skin will recover nicely in time. This blog will primarily focus on my physiological, mental, and emotional response to this drug. I am somewhat nervous about the side effects, so I think tracking them may help me manage this and ensure I take care of my body and wellness first. I have a history of depression, am somewhat overweight, and want to start family planning in the next year. The doctor placed me on 30mg of accutane, two pills per day.
I felt a little anxious and had some difficulty sleeping due to increased energy. I noticed that my heart raced a bit directly after taking the pill, but that symptom abated after an hour or so. I had some severe abdominal cramping and experienced diarrhea and indigestion all day.
My skin and lips already started drying up and I bought cerave lotion and burts bees lip balm. I have to apply the lip balm about every half hour, but as long as I have it I feel fine. My skin is clearing up and has a slightly smoother texture, even in areas where my cystic acne was not present. I am currently using Cetaphil and have no new acne nodules (phew!)
Skin and lips still obviously drying out. I am no longer experiencing diarrhea, but I did not sleep much at all last night. I didnt remember seeing insomnia as one of the side effects, but I think it must be related to anxiety. I am not mentally or emotionally stressed, but I can just feel physical symptoms of stress (surges of energy, stomach flips). I am lotioning my hands and feet multiple times per day, but this likely has to do with the fall weather change as well.
I am looking forward to clearer skin! I hope that the symptoms remain this mild- this will be a cake walk! One of my issues is remembering to fast before my appts so that my triglyceride levels remain low. Last time the doctor thought I was prediabetic, but when he followed up and asked if I remembered to fast, I had to tell him that I ate a sandwich and juice right before the appt! Ooops.
Wish me luck! I will keep this blog up and let you know how it goes.
P.S. I made sure to create a small support network of friends who have tried accutane, so they will check in occasionally. I also asked my husband to watch my emotional or mental state and to let me know if he sees any signs of depression. I am fairly self aware (hence the blog), but it can't hurt to call upon your people