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Mandy Ann

So.. I'm goign to try to get accutane

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First off... health insurance. I know I probably definitely need health insurance to use accutane since I hear its really damn expensive each month.... I am going to try to get on health insurance ASAP (next week hopefully)... Does anyone know what kind of medical insurance I need to get so tane is cheap each month and derm appointments are free? (I know some insurance doesn't cover that stuff at all...)

2nd, how can I convince my derm to give me tane? I notice around these boards, some derms give it out like candy, even to the mildest case of acne.... while other derms make you try a LOOAD of other stuff first before going on tane. My acne at the moment is moderate i'd say.. its clearing up but its so persistant.. I have about 5 painful ones and a bunch of small ones everywhere.... all my zits are scarring me bad.. i've been getting pitted ones and the redmarks im left with are severe (not exageratting). I also deal with BODY acne on top of this all. I've tried minocyclin and a few different topicals, but they only worked temperary. I also was on the regimen for a while, which worked fairly well, except it left me with terrible red marks. Should I just tell my derm that I have tried everything? Once he sees how scarred my face is, maybe he'll be convinced.. or else I could always just threaten to go to a different derm until one gives me tane haha.

3rd, I know for the girls, we have to choose 2 forms of BC. Since im not sexually active (Though I wish :lol:), could I just choose "abstinince and condoms" for my two? I realllyy don't want to deal with birth control pills since I gave that a go alread and it sucked (and I hear its a pain coming off of them as well.)

4th, how many of you experienced a bad initial breakout? And how long before you started to clear up?

Thanks :D

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I haven't started YET, but getting REALLY close!

Your insurance can differ with every plan and what state you live in so you'll just have to do your research. (Try googling affordable health plans)

Are you going to be covered under your own individual insurance plan or thru your parents(family plan)?

What you'll want to pay attention to is your copay amount for office/specialist visits.

I pay $25 each visit(my work pays for me) and my son who I purchased an invidual plan for because it was cheaper than thru my work is $20 per visit.

Next before you sign up, ask them what you copay on your perscription would be for Accutane.

(I say this because on one plan you may pay $20 for your office visits but $50 for your perscription. And on another plan pay $25-30 per office visit but $10-15 for yor perscription. Make sense?)

So it may be cheaper for you to pay more to see your doctor and less for the perscription.

ORthey may not be covered Accutane at all....

As far as iPledge is concerned, I believe you can choose abstinence and condoms for your two forms without any problems.

Just know that you will not be walking out with your perscription your first visit if your derm agrees to Accutane.

You have to get bloodwork done as well as 2 negative pregnancy tests 30 days apart and have them both reported to iPledge by your derm's office AND THEN you have to log on iPledges website and take a test and pass before you can get your perscription filled.

It's a stupid, worthless process IMO but don't even get me started on that! ;)

Now finding the right derm can be difficult.

The first one I went to took 3 months for me to even see him for the first time.

I figured it was because I was a new patient but after he put me on Doxy and I wanted to see him again because it wasn't working well enough the receptionist said it was a 2 month wait.

So I called my new allergist who was also a dermatologist and got in after 2 weeks.

I took along a list of everything I've tried because I knew I wanted Accutane and gave it to the nurse, then he came in and recommend it without having to say anything to him.

I had a whole talk lined up in my head that I knew the side effects and blah blah blah but I didn't have to say any of it!

Chances are if you've tried antibotics w/o results then they will give it to you.

If you know anyone that has been on Accutane find out who their derm is. If not maybe call around and ask the receptionist if they know the derms willingness to perscribe Accutane?

Good luck to you!

Oh and BTW, my acne isn't too severe either just REALLY persistant and they leave behind red marks no matter how big or small the zit was. All my friends say I don't need it and I haven't told my boyfriend yet. I will once I start tho.

I seriously had the worst breakout of my life this past weekend and I think it will still be another 2 weeks for it to clear up. (I blame Smashbox Primer but I could be wrong)

I have like 4 or 5 cystic ones on my neck right now! WTH?

I can't WAIT to take my second pregnancy test next Friday!

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3rd, I know for the girls, we have to choose 2 forms of BC. Since im not sexually active (Though I wish :lol:), could I just choose "abstinince and condoms" for my two? I realllyy don't want to deal with birth control pills since I gave that a go alread and it sucked (and I hear its a pain coming off of them as well.)

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Thanks Kristi :D I'm keeping my fingers crossed.. I find out tomorrow if I can get it perscribed to me :o If I do get it, I am going to try to talk to them for a bit about BC and just tell them im planning on saving myself due to religious reasons (though im really not lol).. but if they make me, I guess it will be worth it if I can get tane.

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I knew it'd only be a matter of time with you (I mean that in a positive way :D).

Even with top-notch insurance, dermatologist appointments will more than likely require a co-pay (ranging from $5-25 in most cases).

When I saw a dermatologist to get Accutane, I had mild, albeit persistent acne on both my back and face. They explained I should start out on some antibiotics, but I simply said I wanted to go straight for the Accutane. They had no objections. Not all dermatologists are like this, but if you're given a no tell them you'll be seeing another derm. In most cases, the derm will want to keep you for all the follow-up appointments Accutane requires, thus handing out a prescription.

Good luck and God bless!

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Lol, Mandy. Good plan. I plan on doing the same thing a year or so from now to get some damn Accutane as well.

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Thanks Kristi :D I'm keeping my fingers crossed.. I find out tomorrow if I can get it perscribed to me :o If I do get it, I am going to try to talk to them for a bit about BC and just tell them im planning on saving myself due to religious reasons (though im really not lol).. but if they make me, I guess it will be worth it if I can get tane.

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