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Hello all, im an 18 yr old male that has had pretty bad acne for about 2 years now. It first appeared on my back when i was 16. It was pretty bad but since it was on my back i did not really care much about it since no one could see it :ninja: Then it started to appear like crazy on my face. I tried so many things from proactiv to anti biotics to topicals. At the end of my senior year of high school my face broke out like crazy so i made an appointment with the derm. (which took FOREVER since it wasnt a private practice) She put me on antibiotics and topicals and told me to consider accutane. We schuduled another appointment for the middle of summer. By then my acne was doing suburb and all i had was red marks and she told me there was no need for more antibiotics.

Well i entered my first year of college with only red marks that seemed like they were fading (very slowly i might add) but then around november-december i broke out crazy again and went back to the derm. She told me that i really should take accutane now and referred me to the derm that dealt with accutane. Again i had to wait 3 months. Those three months i had horrible red marks but not many actives. Because of this i decided to hold off of accutane and kept delaying my appointment with the accutane derm. i had to suffer the remaining 6 months of college with very prominent redmarks. which took forever to go away. Even though i did not have many actives, the redmarks killed me. I felt that it was a better idea to start my accutane in the summer rather than at school so i set up an appointment for the beginning of summer which was 2 weeks ago.

Because of finals, I did not get much sleep and that directly affected my skin and i broke out a bit. I thought nothing much of it cause as we all know, acne and sleep are inversely related :( After finals i came home and thought since its the summer and i dont have to loose sleep over anything my acne would get better. nope. Since summer started my skin has gone CRAZY. breaking out everyday even with 9-10 hours of sleep! :wall:

Anyways i went to the derm 2 weeks ago and asked me tons of questions of past threatments etc. and i answered with tons of things and was pretty sure he was going to reconmend me accutane after hearing a novel worths of threatments. Nope. He told me he felt that i havent been on antibiotics enough and was like "antibiotics can take a while before you see any results, it can take up to 3,6,9 months for results" NINE MONTHS?? are you fucking with me? He told me all these things about how dangerous accutane is and and the shit id have to put up with like ipedge and monthly visits ( all this crap ive already knew, thanks to acne.org :wub: ) So i was told him, Look, ive tried things for almost 2 years and nothing has worked and i've researched a ton on the internet about accutane. Then he cuts in and tells me, "reguardless of what you've read on the internet, accutane is more serious than that.." He made it sound like I did like 5 mins of research on a random ass site. OBVIOUSLY he hasnt heard about acne.org acne/accutane specialist my ass :P

But then at the end of the conversation he told me to read this binder reguarding iPledge and get my bloodwork done and come back in 3 weeks. I read the binder in the car and it all information that i already knew.. that bastard :evil: And at the end of the appointment. the derms assisstant asked if I should be put on antibiotics for the time being and he says, for 3 weeks? whats the point, continue topicals.

WELL, from my guess, if he got me to get my bloodwork done and didnt make me take antibiotics on the spot, that means he'll put me on accutane right right? haha. I guess i'll find out on thursday... plus, ive broke out like crazy these past 2 weeks, maybe its a message that god is sending to the derm, "GIVE THIS FUCKING KID ACCUTANE!" what if he still says no? should i start crying? haha maybe i should practice or something.

sorry for the gigantic post,never wrote more on a internet forum in my entire life.

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So i got back from the derm today...

he could see how badly i broke out during the past 3 weeks and I start at 20mg/day which is kind of low but he said it would be better because of something of the oil glands getting destroyed slower and thus, less bacteria on the face or something crazy like that. Also because of stupid iPEDLGE and the whole 30 days worth of pills and only 30 days worth of pills and the fact that i go to a public derm that only has clinic on mondays and thursdays there might be some gaps in my treatment. He told me that I should wait 5-7 days before i take my first pill so i can have some pills saved up for the other days.

This kinda sucks because i want it over now! oh wells. whats another week really.. Also im not expecting major changes since its only 20mg/day to begin with.

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No man ! u cant underrate 20 mg / day go have a look at my log ,20 mg a day can do helluva shit trust me. with 3 weeks already , 5-7 days of stoppage shouldnt be a big problem.

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i just went to the pharmacist and my insurence doesnt cover it...$273 for 30 pills...wow.

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i just went to the pharmacist and my insurence doesnt cover it...$273 for 30 pills...wow.

yes, it is incredibly expensive! what a price to pay for clear skin..

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DAY 1

went to walgreens and got my pills today yay. Ate the first one with top ramen. Anyone else think that the packaging for the pills are a little crazy? I have claavis and i broke the pill before i got it out of the package. :( its ok i don think much came out so its all good.

day one down. many many more to go.

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DAY 2

Yeah so i took me 2nd pill with breakfast today. My head and stomach hurt but im not sure if its from the tane. The headache started yesterday before i took my first pill, but its just getting worse :( I read somewhere in someones tane logs that tynenol isnt good to take while on accutane. Anyone know?

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DAY 3 + 4

Well last night my stomach went through a lot of pain and i had to get up and use the bathroom at least 3 times during the night. And my head still hurts. I really do not know if its accutane related...Did anyone get any side effects like this during the efirst few days of treatment on a low dose? sigh. I really want to continue to take tane so lets hope these things arent related..

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Good luck with your course man we're all on the path to clear skin here, so you've got a great support network for those times when you'll need it. ;)

I can't believe how much your pills cost though!!! In Australia our Government has what's called the Pharmaceuticals Benefits Scheme whereby they subsidise certain drugs ... I'm on Oratane (generic) and it only costs me AUD$30 for 60 pills, but the full price on the box says $145

Anyways man best of luck with your course I hope everything works out well for you :D

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DAY 5

Well good news. The headache and stomachache went away yay!! so im guessing they were indepedent from the tane which is a real real good thing. My lips has started to get a tiny tiny bit dry but no real need for chapstick etc yet but I but it on today anyways for good luck.

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DAY 7

yay done with my first week! That kind of went by fast...not really..Anyways, the headaches have completely left which is a great thing and the stomachaches might still be there but they're a ton better and it doesnt distract me from my day yay. My face hasnt really gotten any dryer which I expected Im going to get in the habit of mosterizing anyways day and night just to get in the habit. The only slight side effect that i am feeling at the moment is a tiny bit of dry lips. Oh yeah, and my face iches like crazy. I dont want to pick put its like forcing me! any idea to stop it from iching?

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Hey!

thanks for 'popularizing' my log... i just read your whole log...maybe im crazy[or the tane is getting to me] but you strangely remind me of myself lol... but anyways, some of your side effects sound like mine... like the 4th or 5th day i was taking it i had some of the worse stomach cramps i've ever had... and i wasn't sure if it was from the accutane or something else. I just took some motrin ibuprofen tablets and they made it feel a little better...and its a good idea to just start gettin in the habit of using mosturizer... i did.. and my face isn't dry at all!! good luck =)

allison~

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hey man!

thanks for the comment on my log...im definitely going to do that asap.

good luck on your course, i know youre only on 20 mg and week 2, but believe me, time fliiies. youll be done before you know it. and i dont know who said tylenol was bad, but i took advil like everyday of my course haha i was such a pussy about the side effects. at least your not on 80 mg, so the side effects should be low. i would say 1 tylenol will knock them out. sweet. good luck man ! thanks for the replies of late ! i know your skin will turn out perfectly, accutane always comes through for the most part...

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i just went to the pharmacist and my insurence doesnt cover it...$273 for 30 pills...wow.

Yes it is expensive. I take 80mg a day. ( I am fat thought, I weigh 155, I just had a baby so dont judge) anyway my monthly prescription is $520.00. I have insurance thru pacificsource and I only pay $10.00 a month. My insurance is only $250.00 or so for me and my son a month. You should try getting on different insurance even if only for a few months, it would be worth it. you would save alot of money.

i just went to the pharmacist and my insurence doesnt cover it...$273 for 30 pills...wow.

Yes it is expensive. I take 80mg a day. ( I am fat thought, I weigh 155, I just had a baby so dont judge) anyway my monthly prescription is $520.00. I have insurance thru pacificsource and I only pay $10.00 a month. My insurance is only $250.00 or so for me and my son a month. You should try getting on different insurance even if only for a few months, it would be worth it. you would save alot of money.

oops I should of finished reading your log before I left that comment........ sorry, goodluck with accutane I am on day 19 of 80mg a day. Getting used to the dry skin and lips but my scalp is whats bugging me. I have skin flakes thru my hair, and it aint pretty. I have black hair so it really sucks

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thanks for the replys guys! yeah, tons of logs here say how fast their accutane treatment goes and i hope its the same for me! But 1/2 a year sounds like an enternity :(

And kohly, wow 520 a month? jesus thats like a lease on a pretty good car dang..it must be crazy to pay for these pills without insurence.

DAY 10

So its day ten and I am just about to swallow my last pill in my first blister pack yay! 1 down...probably 17 more to go... :wall:

Side Effects So Far:

Well Im pretty sure the headaches and stomachaches were false alarms cause i dont get those anymore thank the heavens. The only side effect im getting is slightly dry lips which i kinda like cause it tells me that the accutane is effecting my body. Oh yeah i forgot. my face iches like crazy and im sure i scratch in my sleep cause when i wake up little spots of blood end up on my pillow :( its pretty bad

Im pretty sure i just got my IB like yesterday cause im breaking out everywhere again. But at least its not the painful nodules and they'll go away pretty soon i hope..I know at the end of this im gonna have some scars I just hope for the best..

I was thinking of saving all my blister packs to remember what i have gone through at the end and feel accomplished haha

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Hey

Good idea saving the blister packs! lol... i already threw 2 away though...& I can't believe you're only on 20mg and already feeling side effects like you are! im on 80 and like nothing has changed...i guess thats a good thing though lol well sorry to hear youre going through the IB... im praying i dont get one. But hopefully yours will clear up fast! =)

allison~

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Hey

Good idea saving the blister packs! lol... i already threw 2 away though...& I can't believe you're only on 20mg and already feeling side effects like you are! im on 80 and like nothing has changed...i guess thats a good thing though lol well sorry to hear youre going through the IB... im praying i dont get one. But hopefully yours will clear up fast! =)

allison~

does IB stand for "intial breakout" or am I just retarded?

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Good idea saving the blister packs! lol... i already threw 2 away though...& I can't believe you're only on 20mg and already feeling side effects like you are! im on 80 and like nothing has changed...i guess thats a good thing though lol well sorry to hear youre going through the IB... im praying i dont get one. But hopefully yours will clear up fast! =)

allison~

does IB stand for "intial breakout" or am I just retarded?

haha you skipped retardation this time, yes this is what it stands for

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Hey

Good idea saving the blister packs! lol... i already threw 2 away though...& I can't believe you're only on 20mg and already feeling side effects like you are! im on 80 and like nothing has changed...i guess thats a good thing though lol well sorry to hear youre going through the IB... im praying i dont get one. But hopefully yours will clear up fast! =)

allison~

does IB stand for "intial breakout" or am I just retarded?

haha you skipped retardation this time, yes this is what it stands for

wow... lol =)

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DAY 12

yay a dozen days! not much to update though. 2 more days and thatll make it 2 weeks. how exciting.

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DAY 14

yay 2 week mark! thats huge! only side effect really is slighty dry lips still. Zits seem to be going down which good. Im still breaking out but its not the nasty ones that i got in the beginning of the summer and they should go down soon.

Anyone here watch entourage? that shows amazing.

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DAY 16

Im still not feeling any side effects really, which is a good thing and bad thing because on one hand nothing bads happening but on the other hand i feel that the medicine isnt working cause its such a low dose! Next motnh im pretty sure my derms gonna give me 40mg. Maybe i can convince him to bump it up to 60? is that a good idea?

acne: well the bumps on my face are going down and im left with like a million red marks, literally. Theres so much its impossible to count. Its like my face is red but if you look closer its a billion small red dots. sigh. I dont even know if they are redmarks.... I hope there not there forever. I should ask my derm about them

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