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What to expect when deciding on Accutane

Hi everyone,
When deciding on Accutane I didn't realize how vigorous and demanding going on the drug was. If you've been struggling with persistent acne like a lot of us out there, Accutane seems like the holy grail of acne medicine. Many dermatologists recommend that people who are interested in going on Accutane need to explore other options (if they haven't already) such as doxycycline or azithromycin to fight acne. These are antibiotics that target the acne-causing bacteria from within the skin. Many dermatologists also prescribe a topical retinea cream to dry out the acne. I've learned from experience that these medicines seem to work at first but in the end, don't seem to be very effective (at least for me). Then if the patient is still not happy with their skin, they can talk to their dermatologist about going on Accutane. This is what I did, and my doctor was hesitant and wanted me to try another type of antibiotic before going on Accutane. I explained my constant confidence issues with my skin and just the havoc it brings to my life, and she finally agreed that Accutane would be the right choice for me. Soon after she explained the various side effects such as depression, weight loss, severe skin drying, cracking lips, gastrointestinal issues, and many more. The main things doctors talk about when going on Accutane is pregnancy prevention. In order to go on Accutane, you must be on two separate types of birth control such as hormonal birth control and condoms. This is very important because if you do become pregnant while on Accutane the baby will have very serious birth defects. You get a very large packet when you leave with all the side effects and how to prevent pregnancy. In order to qualify for Accutane, you must pass two pregnancy tests and get bloodwork done before starting your course. From then on you must go every month for blood work and a pregnancy test, and you must fill out an online questionnaire before being able to get your prescription filled. Accutane is a serious medicine and your doctor must take the proper steps to keep you safe while you are on the drug. In the end, its worth it if you want to finally clear your skin!
 



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