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ACCUTANE HORROR STORIES - PLEASE READ

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The problem I have with people who claim to have problems with accutane that manifest themselves YEARS after treatment is this: how do they know it was the accutane? If years have passed, any number of plausible causes have probably also occurred as well. Of course, cases where you lose hair on accutane and continue losing it well after treatment, that I can believe.

Make no mistake about it, accutane is a gamble. I'm on it right now after considering treatment for two years. But my acne was severe enough and affected me enough that I decided "Screw it, I'm going all in."

If you feel that you can live with your acne and you feel that accutane is too much of a risk, don't take it.

One thing though: the most severe side effects only affect a small percentage of people. The only thing I've experienced is dryness and I've been on it for over three months. Remember, message boards et al are for a small minority. No one is going to create a messageboard where the topic is "Talk about how accutane cured you!" but people will create boards where the subject is "How accutane ruined my life". It's human nature.

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I am on week 10 right now and it is definitely working, but my skin does not heal and scars with almost everything that shows up. They are extremely tiny, but it is still messing with my head. I am debating on stopping now just for the scarring and the possible later in life side effects. I have always said anything was a trade off for acne, but not a scarred face and possible physical problems. Anyone else been at this point? Did you stick it out? Did you give it up?

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holy shit. why is everyone so worked up about accutane!? it just pisses me off, cause people who aren't even on it are like complaining about it. I'm almost at week 10 and I'm perfectly fine. I'm sorry that just kinda bugs me to hear people talking so much shit about it.... all ur reading is just crap.

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marlee44-what gives you the right to say wether other people's experiences on Accutane is crap? There are many websites now set-up to give others information(that your dr may not tell you) so you can make an informed choice. They are not there because they have nothing better to do. I just hope you don't end up in the same situation!

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what gives him the right to say it is that u ppl read this shit abouti accutane and believe it imgoing on 2 months now yeah i scar from previous break outsd yeah i get chapped lips yeha i getr dry /flaky hair its a matter of how much u really want to get rid of ur acne ppl say ill do nething to get rid of this but will you? will u go couple months of always carrying chap stick or whatever u need for another side effect i think ur saying ull do nething then do it prove urself u can dont be gay and listen to all these other freaks saying oh im a phsyco from taking accutane no there just being gay about it cuz maybe it didnt work for them

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Accutane should only be used if you've tried pretty much everything else or have so much severe acne problems.

But if you have some acne or mild acne. You should try the other methods, which there are A LOT of.

Instead of taking the easy route of accutane, which will work.

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The warnings are on the package for a reason and you shouldn't take them lightly. The first time I took accutane I noticed a decrease in my night vision...which is pretty fucking scary! My hair also started thinning when I started taking accutane, it's been thinning ever since (8 years later). I'm pretty sure this is genetic but I can't compeletly rule out accutane. The people who suffered the severe side effects didn't make them up, and it's important for people to take them into consideration when thinking about taking accutane.

If your acne isn't bad don't take accutane, or at least try everything else before you take it.

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Failing eyesight

Brittle bones and teeth

Severe hairloss

Chronic Fatigue

Mood swings

Joints aching

Insomnia

Sexual dysfunction

Dry scaly skin

^^All these side-effects could be permanent. Go to the forum using the link I left and see for yourself.

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people have also died from flu vaccines...does that make them bad?

people have died from chemotherapy..does that make it bad?

people have died from taking too much of a good thing...does that make it bad?

bottom line is...almostt everything and anything on this earth COULD POSSIBLY kill you.

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Piso,

I think you did the right thing by researching accutane before beginning treatment. Since you are having reservations about it, I would suggest making a new appt. with your dermatologist to discuss them. NEVER begin a treatment you do not feel 100% sure about. There are tons of different antibiotics, topical creams, and other treatments avaibale for the treatment of acne.

If this was your first meeting with your dermatologist and s/he has put you on accutane, I would consider seeing a different specialist. Accutane is a very serious and powerful drug, and it should be taken seriously. Accutane really should be treated as a "last resort."

Being informed of the risks of any action you take will help you make the right decision FOR YOU. Me- I have had acne for over 12 years (began getting it since I was 10, I hit puberty earlier than most) and I have been to 2 dermatologists, and seeing my current dermatologist for over 10 years to try to control my acne. We have tried dozens of prescription creams and antibiotics and combinations. We have tried to do cultures so we could determine the best treatments to use. I have a meeting with her in 2 weeks, and I am requesting Accutane because I have had enough. Trying to enter the professional world is hard enough without being stigmatized because of something you have no control over.

I have read the information available to me about the many side effects of Accutane and I plan on her and I having a lengthy conversation about this. I believe that with good supervision and my committment to take Accutane properly, I will minimize the bad side effects. And I am making sure my support networks are strong enough to be able to help me through this whether it succeeds or fails. And this is my choice.

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people have also died from flu vaccines...does that make them bad?

people have died from chemotherapy..does that make it bad?

people have died from taking too much of a good thing...does that make it bad?

bottom line is...almostt everything and anything on this earth COULD POSSIBLY kill you.

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Dont make a statement and fail to back it up, Piso. Prove to me how my statements are wrong? Are you telling me no one has died from chemo? Do you want me to pull up 200 names for you?

Why dont you do some reasearch. Prove my statements wrong, then I might think about wasting my time to shut you up again.

Why are you all of a sudden so hell bent and getting everyone away from accutane?

"they dont know really how it works"

gee ace, and the indinas didnt know why chewing bark helped thier headaches, but they still did it

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And why dont you some research before trying to post big words that you dont know the meaning of.

fallacious - to mislead....deceptive

Ok, my statements are misleading? No my friend, yours are. You are trying to make everyone believe anything coming from accutance is a bad thing. If someone took accutane as a kid and then had a heart attack at age 80 and died, you would be the one standing there say, "yep, he died because of the accutane he took 60 years ago" Gimme a break dood, really.

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I called the above fallacious arguments. Obviously nappyjim is not familiar with logical debate - and to his credit, he admits this. I am in fact unsure exactly what assertions nappyjim is making by posting the above statements. Is he trying to say that there always are downsides associated with beneficial medications? (As an aside, he may be interested to know that chemotherapy is designed to kill ... in a way.)

The arguments are fallacious for a number of reasons. Evidently nappyjim is correct in that anything on earth could kill you - but one cannot compare the clichéd "apples and oranges."

I am, of course, expecting you to have read the numerous long-term scientific studies (sponsored by Roche; and not) about the side-effects of Accutane - and then to have cross-referenced them to produce specific, scientifically valid comparisons with influenza vaccinations, chemotherapy and ... whatever else you're alluding to. Er, no. Hasty generalisations ain't gonna cut it.

You're going to have to realise, nappyjim, that I'm only trying to help. It is a fact that the exact mechanism of isotretinoin is not known. It is a fact that it will cause (most probably long-term) side-effects. The relationship between Roche and the dermatology industry is also highly concerning.

I had no intent to let this descend into a personal exchange. I am sure that those with severe nodulo-cystic acne aren't going to give a damn about side-effects ... and maybe they shouldn't. However, the practice of prescribing this drug to people that don't need it is concerning; and one only needs to look at the stupid questions that get asked at this forum everyday to see how imporant the information I have posted is going to be.

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i didn't read the link.. but it probably says something about accutane making you depressed because i know when i got an accutane panphlet it said that.. well it may be a proven fact that it can make you depressed, but acne can make you even more depressed. and people who blame suicide on accutane should

realize that acne is a result of many suicides as well

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When i got accutane, i was given a leaflet which had all the possible side effects on it. there was about 300. the only side effects out of that which i have experienced is dry skin, lips and eyes (its made them very blood shot which is very bad) and on a few rare occasions after lots of excercise i had sore bones. i have to say in my experience i think accutane is a miracle drug. i had very bad acne and its now almost almost gone, now all i have is mild acne and red marks. i have been on accutane since... febuary? not sure but a very long time and im gonna be on it still for a long time.. sorta as an insurance cover. its the uk so its free biggrin.gif/ ne hows i havent experienced any hair loss, depression, suicidal thoughts, and people going crazy 20 years after treatment? i think thats bull there just trying to blame a drug for their faults

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Okay, I read the PDF pamphlet that someone had posted (thanks by the way) and it mentioned a hearing loss side effect...that if anyone one experienced Tinnitus from the Accutane they should discontinue. I have Tinnitus, not officially diagnosed, but ALL the symptoms are there. My doctor is considering accutane if the Vitamin A Acid lotion doesn't work out. My acne is not so bad on my face, it can be controlled...as for my back it's been rated severe nocular, so yeah my Doctor is considering Accutane. I just hope Accutane wouldn't make my Tinnitus worse, cause Tinnitus sucks.

Anyway thanks all,

-Thom <---Yeah you can spell it either way.

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People may have died on chemotheropy, but they may have died without it. Not a good comparison. So proving that point right or wrong makes no difference to the harmfull effects of accutane. Acne isn't life threatning.

Wether accutane works or not, isn't the debate. Its the damage it can do to your body that Piso is pointing out.

Chewing bark and taking medication are once again not related. Accutane is rated in the top 5 of most toxic presciption drugs available. Thats a fact.

Reading phamplets is the way to go, but phamphlets written by the salesman for his product, aren't always truthful. Most pharmacists have the long version, and most will print it out for you. or go to www.roaccutanesurvivors.com

Make sure you know the full story, people who have become ill from accutane are real. So wether someone chews bark or gets sick from a flu vaccine, really has no relevance to the topic.

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When i was on roaccutane i experienced nothing serious, but we've all got to accept there is pretty serious side effects.

Though one way to make this debate redundant is the introduction of a new effective drug with limited side effects. Its been 25 years since the introduction of roaccutane, just what have the pharmaceutical companies been up to since?!

I think its time acne suffers stopped arguing with eachother and began placing pressure on those responsible for addressing this problem-the pharmaceutical companies

There is a light that never goes out

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always remember, there's a much better chance you'll die in the car ride to the dermatologist than accutane killing you. good luck.

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