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My first post!! About me, my background, and how I got on Accutane~

mari$$a

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Hello, lovely people of this website!

My name is Marissa and I'm 17. I just made this account today. I thought it would be hella cool to start a blog so I can keep track of my progress (or lack thereof), spread information/be a reference for people new to Accutane, and hopefully make some friends on here. So here I am. Nice to meet you.

Some background:
So I actually started Accutane last month (4/27/18) - I'm on my 25th day today (5/21/18). I've never had great skin, but around age 15-16 it started getting worse and worse, especially after I got a Mirena IUD in April of last year. I finally went to see a dermatologist and I tried a million different creams and antibiotics but nothing worked. I was desperate to get on Accutane because I figured it's my last hope. I would literally cry almost every other day after seeing myself in the mirror. I felt hopeless and I got hella depressed over it.

The Process
Getting on Accutane was an entire struggle and a half for me.
If you're a guy, obtaining Accutane is fine and dandy, but if you're female it's a tremendous pain in the ass. If you're reading this, you probably know all the excessive steps you have to take before you can get on it; waiting 30 days, giving 2 negative prego tests, blah blah blah. In my case, on top of all that, because I have a history of depression, my doctor wouldn't allow me to go on it until I had the written consent of another doctor saying that I'm stable enough to take it. There's been found to be a slight risk of depression, but other studies contradict this finding, saying there's no risk.
Regardless, my dermatologist didn't want a teenage suicide on his hands so I had to do it. It was a long, incredibly discouraging process because I didn't have a psychologist or a psychiatrist at the time. Eventually, though, I got my Primary doctor to write it. 
Then, the problem was the price. it was $450. $450. When I heard that price I immediately knew i wasn't getting on it. It was a sad day. HOWEVER, I was able to talk to my dermatologist office and they ended up sending it through a smaller, family-owned pharmacy that cut the price down to $130. Still a lot to pay every month, but it's possible. 

FINALLY, finally, I popped the first pill. I can not explain the excitement, relief, and hope I felt the day I took the prescription home. Things finally seemed to be working out. This post is getting pretty long so I'm going to start a new one that goes into more detail about my experience so far along with some pictures.:) 

Thanks for reading!

-Mari$$a


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I am on my 12th day, i had an very bad initial breakout but now it's getting better, are you facing any side effects?

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