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Myleastfavouritemistake -

When I would drink (booze) in the heat that is what my face would end up looking like. What are your triggers now? Since indoor heaters are starting to be switched out for air conditioning, are you noticing an improvement!

All the best with that last flushing episode. Looked like a doosy :(

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Myleastfavouritemistake -

When I would drink (booze) in the heat that is what my face would end up looking like. What are your triggers now? Since indoor heaters are starting to be switched out for air conditioning, are you noticing an improvement!

All the best with that last flushing episode. Looked like a doosy :(

You know, it's funny, but I would expect alcohol to be a really potent flushing trigger, but that hasn't really seemed to be the case. In fact, when I'm very drunk, that is when my skin bothers me the least :-). But really, I think stress (and warm temperatures) are the biggest triggers, and since alcohol relaxes me, I don't notice much flushing when I drink. That said, I do not drink regularly.

The biggest trigger for me was adderall (which I haven't taken in 7 months). Other triggers include spicy foods, hot foods (spicy soup is a doubly wammy), caffeine (coffee, chocolate).

I will mention this again. CONSIDER BRIMONIDINE TARTRATE OPHTHALMIC SOLUTION. My dermatologist has me apply it topically to my skin and it causes a very immediate and significant reduction of flushing and redness. It is VERY effective.

So I'm starting to take an ANTIDEPRESSANT (ZOLOFT). I know the idea of taking an anti-depressant for flushing has been tosses around here. I'm curious if anyone can explain to me their thoughts and reasoning for this. (fyi, I am taking this for depression, not for flushing). I'm curious if it might help with the flushing. A couple years ago, I went on an anti-depressant and I started to go to the gym regularly. I wasn't really sure why that was the case...but I think perhaps maybe I was experiencing less flushing therefore I was more encouraged to keep going to the gym.

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Myleastfavouritemistake -

When I would drink (booze) in the heat that is what my face would end up looking like. What are your triggers now? Since indoor heaters are starting to be switched out for air conditioning, are you noticing an improvement!

All the best with that last flushing episode. Looked like a doosy :(

You know, it's funny, but I would expect alcohol to be a really potent flushing trigger, but that hasn't really seemed to be the case. In fact, when I'm very drunk, that is when my skin bothers me the least :-). But really, I think stress (and warm temperatures) are the biggest triggers, and since alcohol relaxes me, I don't notice much flushing when I drink. That said, I do not drink regularly.

Another major trigger for me was adderall (which I haven't taken in 7 months). Other triggers include spicy foods, hot foods (spicy soup is a doubly wammy), caffeine (coffee, chocolate).

I will mention this again. CONSIDER BRIMONIDINE TARTRATE OPHTHALMIC SOLUTION. My dermatologist has me apply it topically to my skin and it causes a very immediate and significant reduction of flushing and redness. It is VERY effective.

So I'm starting to take an ANTIDEPRESSANT (ZOLOFT). I know the idea of taking an anti-depressant for flushing has been tosses around here. I'm curious if anyone can explain to me their thoughts and reasoning for this. (fyi, I am taking this for depression, not for flushing). I'm curious if it might help with the flushing. A couple years ago, I went on an anti-depressant and I started to go to the gym regularly. I wasn't really sure why that was the case...but I think perhaps maybe I was experiencing less flushing therefore I was more encouraged to keep going to the gym.

Oh and I'm seeing a psychiatrist who has significant experience in dermatology/psych-dermatology. Mainly I sought her out because I was hoping she could help me better understand and cope with the skin issues. But she said that she believes the accutane disrupted my serotonin system. Of course I already thought this, but it was nice to hear a physician make that diagnosis, and doing so on her own volition and not with me pressing the issue. Her reasoning was not just based on me having taken accutane and becoming depressed, but also she said the way described how I have responded or reacted to SSRI's in the past are pretty abnormal and suggestive of a disrupted serotonin system.

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So what's the general consensus on what's gonna help with this flushing? I've been to my derm about this and she just dismissed it. Im going again on Wednesday and I'm determined to not leave the room without an answer. Ive missed hours of class, hours of hangout time, and just have felt like crap because of this redness.

I'm thinking I'm gonna ask for a vbeam treatment. Anyone have any experience with this?

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So what's the general consensus on what's gonna help with this flushing? I've been to my derm about this and she just dismissed it. Im going again on Wednesday and I'm determined to not leave the room without an answer. Ive missed hours of class, hours of hangout time, and just have felt like crap because of this redness.

I'm thinking I'm gonna ask for a vbeam treatment. Anyone have any experience with this?

Hi Rand627

Sorry to hear you are experiencing the bad flushing. Hopefully this info might be of helpful to you:

Some people on this thread and/or http://rosaceagroup.org/The_Rosacea_Forum/ have mentioned very good success with Plaquenil, or Mepacrine (also known as Quinacrine). These actually generally prescribed for those with inflammatory conditions such as Lupus etc. These meds really appear to knock the inflammation down in the body incl. flushing.

As secondary options, (and espec if a Derm suggests Rosacea and won't prescribe the Mepacrine or Plaquenil), generally most find some relief via either/or all: Clonidine (Anti-flushing/Menopause med), Mirtazapine/Remeron (Anti-depressant with anti-inflammatory properties), Propranolol (Beta Blocker).

Because I have developed a few connective tissue disease-like symptoms in additon to the flushing, I'm awaiting on skin biopsy test results. Dependent on the combination of blood (suggested autoimmune disease) and biopsy results, my new Derm (finally a helpful one) said it is likely i'll be swapped from Doxycycline to Plaquenil (which should be overall beneficial for all my symptoms). Hope to hear word soon.

Shantelle

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So what's the general consensus on what's gonna help with this flushing? I've been to my derm about this and she just dismissed it. Im going again on Wednesday and I'm determined to not leave the room without an answer. Ive missed hours of class, hours of hangout time, and just have felt like crap because of this redness.

I'm thinking I'm gonna ask for a vbeam treatment. Anyone have any experience with this?

How long are you post tane?

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Thanks Shantelle for all the tips, I'll definitely discuss them with my derm..

And I've been officially off for about..let's see. 2 years? I had 3 seperate doses of 5 months each. I got up to 80 miligrams a day. However, I (illegally I'm guessing?) take..on about 3 seperate occasions, about 2 weeks worth of tane after I was off. I have NO idea how I got all the extra..I still have some, but I just threw them away a few weeks ago. I took the extra doses..about 8 months ago. So my body hasn't touched tane in about 8 months. I have, however, been on doxycycline on and off since..if that makes it worse.

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Sorry for the double post, but I just thought of another question..

Does sun have anything to do with this redness? When I went to my derm she just blamed it on too much sun and not enough sunblock. Has anyone else had any tips when it comes to sun? I just had knee surgery on both knees and i was literally indoors for 2 months AND i put sunscreen on about half of those days and I have seen NO improvement. Maybe I'm not getting enough sun? Will a tan help?

Thanks guys.

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which anti-depressant have people tried using for flushing? i remember there was a particular one people in this thread have tried...

Nevermind, I found my answer: REMERON. Can I get some updates on how this is working for the people who are taking it? Does it cause dry mouth? I am starting to take Zoloft, which does make me a bit sleepy. But it is not unbearable. I know some of you (soul??) have said that the Remeron makes you sleepy, but I am hoping it will not be any more than what I am experience now on Zoloft? (perhaps if you've taken other anti-depressants you can compare?).

update: wtf.....i read about remeron on another forum and the guy posting is a "severe insomniac" who has tried everything but says Remeron is the most sedating thing he has every tried.. doesnt sound very practical for daily use for flushing.

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Hey, what's up guys? JT, Lamarr, good to hear from you guys and that you are doing ok these days for the most part. myleastfavouritemistake, I dropped you a PM re: REMERON.

So things have been ok for me these days. I am still taking Mepacrine and find it helps, especially with the sun and summer. I can actually drive in the afternoon sun or even go for a walk (with a hat and sunscreen) without flushing, but just getting a bit red. I don't really flush anymore, it is more blushing now which is an improvement. That terrible overheating, flushing, warming feeling that fills the entire face is pretty much gone (thank god and knock on wood) but I still get red blushes and blotchy in some situations. I also still get some swelling in some situations as well but things have slowly improved since being on Mepacrine and the other meds.

So now I am doing 2 months of Mepacrine @100mg per day and then I take a month off just to take a break on my liver and to help prevent skin yellowing. I did not go very yellow, like Lamarr, it is a subtle olive sort of colour, not even noticeable to anyone or myself except under some lighting, but even then it is more of a tan than a yellow so I am lucky in that regard as some people go really yellow from it. No one has ever commented on it, not even family and I really don't see it myself in the mirror so perhaps I am just fortunate.

Like Lamarr, I will be on this med for a while I think. I started back in October so it has been about 7-8 months. I plan on continuing my cycle until I get to 1 year and hopefully knock the flushing/blushing/swelling completely out. Then maybe go to 100mg every other day but I am playing it by ear. No other side effects from it except maybe some energy. It has also helped a lot with joint pain, I notice this when I go off for a month because the joint pain flares again.

Lamarr, my hair is also just really dry all the time, I only wash it once or twice a week because anymore and it is just so brittle and dry. I am going to get back to the Emu oil as it was helping but I stopped when I ran out a month or so ago. What else do you use to combat the hair issues?

Occular Rosacea is still terrible. Using cotton swabs in warm water to clean out eyelids and drop 3-4 times per day. Also applying warm compresses (damp cloth) to eyelids once per day to help with eyelid swelling. Lamarr, any further advice on this issue would also be appreciated.

Halfpipe, hope you are doing well my friend.

To all others, hang in there, I believe things have gotten better with time and medication, time being one of the variables I believe.

Peace.

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BTW, I was just made aware that Roche actually pulled Accutane from the U.S. market last summer (about a year ago) because of the lawsuits against them. You can still get the generics but Roche is done with it.

The drug also has been pulled off the market in 11 other countries including France, Denmark, Austria, Germany, Portugal, Norway and Spain.

It had to do with juries awarding 30+ million dollars to past patients who now suffer from bowel disease. In addition, the company currently faces as many as 5,000 personal-injury claims over Accutane.

In November, a state-court jury in New Jersey found company officials didn’t properly warn doctors about Accutane’s health risks and awarded three men a total of $12.9 million in damages.

Google it for further info if you are interested. There are all sorts of articles.

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What supplements are people taking? (specifically, supplements for skin dryness)

I'm gonna start:

-Omega 3 (ultimate omega, nordic naturals)

-MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane)

I tried Omega 3 in the past, and didn't notice much improvement. But I'm gonna try it again now that I'm off Adderall.

I also am thinking of getting:

-Hyaluronic Acid

-Glucosamine

-Biotin (for dry scalp)

-Vit E

-Vit D

-Vit C

Has anyone found other supplements helpful for combatting the dry facial skin? Also, has anyone encountered a supplement that they recommend against because it might trigger flushing?

One final thing...Zoloft has lowered my stress level, and I think this could help my flushing. Also, I have a very dry, itchy scalp with dandruff....and I was surprised to notice some improvement in my scalp after Zoloft.

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For my dryness problem, my dermatologist had me get "Unguentum Leniens".

The consistency is kind of like shea butter or something. It comes in a jar as a buttery/waxy/pomade-like substance. You just dab your finger and apply it to your face...a little goes a long way. It is pretty oily. It's supposed to be cooling, which would be good for flushing. But personally it doesn't feel significantly cooling.

My skin is very mysterious to me, still. I know my facial skin has been thinned. It does not absorb things at all really.

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Ugg, so I was taking 400mg of Plaquenil (200mg twice a day), but I cut it down to 200mg once a day because I was getting stomach cramps at night. I feel like my flushing is starting to increase in correlation to the lowered dose.

for those on plaquenil, what dose is everyone taking?

I'm thinking maybe I can go back to 400mg, but taking it once a day in the morning. Hopefully that avoids the stomach cramps at night. I will ask my doctor next time i see him if that's ok. It's funny that the stomach cramps I get at 400mg are pretty significant -- enough to keep me awake. But at 200mg I feel nothing at all.

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Hi all

My Derm has decided to prescribe me Plaquenil and is mailing out a script; so that is good news, and I didn't even need to ask for it. He has not deemed me as having Lupus, but I have enough Lupus skin symptoms and some abnormal blood tests suggesting autoimmune disease to warrant Plaquenil use. The biopsy of skin on my right cheek showed up as perivascular inflammation- never heard of this, and doesn't seem to be much info about it on the net- believe it's something to do with blood vessels though. I have high hopes on Plaquenil based on other's reviews and the research i've done.

Rand627- I hope your Wednesday appointment went well; keep us updated. Re: the sun- I don't believe using sunscreen indoors is neccessary, however did the Derm mention anything about indoor lighting having any impact? The first Derm I ever saw about the accutane-induced severe flushing (while I was taking high dosage) told me flushing can also be induced by fluorescent lights, and that sunscreen, or moisturiser with sunscreen in it, would likely help prevent so many flares. Doxy has inflammatory properties but will also make you more sun-sensitive. My Derm still wants me to continue with Doxy- suspect this is because the Plaquenil will take 2-3 months to kick in. Hopefully i'll get off it then, as I don't believe it's strong enough ever truely combat flushing.

Myleastfavouritemistake: Supplements i'm taking- Vitamin D/Calcium tablet couple times a week, and 'probiotic' Inner Health Plus.

Soul78- I didn't even know Roche had pulled Accutane last year, until I was researching earlier this year. News from the US doesn't seem to trickle down to NZ well. From what i've read NZ'ers are prescribed 'Oratane' now. Seems like the consumer info sheet doesn't even mention flushng as a possible side-effect either grrrr.

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Had my derm appointment..and she basically just said that I have rosacea. I'm going on finacea 15% twice a day. She also recommended that, if that doesnt work, I should try photorejuvination sessions. Going to see a local friend who does just that kind of thing on saturday, see what she has to say.

Anyone have experience with either of these things?

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Who uses beta blockers? I tried 150mg of Labetalol last night before going to the gym. It did help reduce my heat/exercise-induced blushing by like 25-30%.

However, today (the day after) I feel like my face looked a bit more pink than usual! Could this be some sort of rebound blushing/flushing?

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What supplements are people taking? (specifically, supplements for skin dryness)

I'm gonna start:

-Omega 3 (ultimate omega, nordic naturals)

-MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane)

I tried Omega 3 in the past, and didn't notice much improvement. But I'm gonna try it again now that I'm off Adderall.

I also am thinking of getting:

-Hyaluronic Acid

-Glucosamine

-Biotin (for dry scalp)

-Vit E

-Vit D

-Vit C

Has anyone found other supplements helpful for combatting the dry facial skin? Also, has anyone encountered a supplement that they recommend against because it might trigger flushing?

One final thing...Zoloft has lowered my stress level, and I think this could help my flushing. Also, I have a very dry, itchy scalp with dandruff....and I was surprised to notice some improvement in my scalp after Zoloft.

Whenever i read posts about omega 3 i HAVE to respond. DO NOT take the omega 3 and people please keep warning post accutane people to stay clear of them! we (those of us who have taken accutane and suffer from side effects due to it) respond negatively to them!

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Hey, what's up guys? JT, Lamarr, good to hear from you guys and that you are doing ok these days for the most part. myleastfavouritemistake, I dropped you a PM re: REMERON.

So things have been ok for me these days. I am still taking Mepacrine and find it helps, especially with the sun and summer. I can actually drive in the afternoon sun or even go for a walk (with a hat and sunscreen) without flushing, but just getting a bit red. I don't really flush anymore, it is more blushing now which is an improvement. That terrible overheating, flushing, warming feeling that fills the entire face is pretty much gone (thank god and knock on wood) but I still get red blushes and blotchy in some situations. I also still get some swelling in some situations as well but things have slowly improved since being on Mepacrine and the other meds.

So now I am doing 2 months of Mepacrine @100mg per day and then I take a month off just to take a break on my liver and to help prevent skin yellowing. I did not go very yellow, like Lamarr, it is a subtle olive sort of colour, not even noticeable to anyone or myself except under some lighting, but even then it is more of a tan than a yellow so I am lucky in that regard as some people go really yellow from it. No one has ever commented on it, not even family and I really don't see it myself in the mirror so perhaps I am just fortunate.

Like Lamarr, I will be on this med for a while I think. I started back in October so it has been about 7-8 months. I plan on continuing my cycle until I get to 1 year and hopefully knock the flushing/blushing/swelling completely out. Then maybe go to 100mg every other day but I am playing it by ear. No other side effects from it except maybe some energy. It has also helped a lot with joint pain, I notice this when I go off for a month because the joint pain flares again.

Lamarr, my hair is also just really dry all the time, I only wash it once or twice a week because anymore and it is just so brittle and dry. I am going to get back to the Emu oil as it was helping but I stopped when I ran out a month or so ago. What else do you use to combat the hair issues?

Occular Rosacea is still terrible. Using cotton swabs in warm water to clean out eyelids and drop 3-4 times per day. Also applying warm compresses (damp cloth) to eyelids once per day to help with eyelid swelling. Lamarr, any further advice on this issue would also be appreciated.

Halfpipe, hope you are doing well my friend.

To all others, hang in there, I believe things have gotten better with time and medication, time being one of the variables I believe.

Peace.

Hey soul, in regards to the hair dryness.... I have found things that help but personally i just ignor it as it doesn't physically hurt/bother me. If you want something to make it AMAZINGLY soft and moisturized before an event or whatever....then do this. Buy an aloe vera plant, chop a small section off (a few inches) then apply all the gel/pulp to your hair before a shower, let it dry then wash your hair as normal!

Occular rosacea....i steal deal with this aswell but i feel over time it is SLOWLY improving. I rarely take mepacrin anymore either.

Things i use are rosex gel applied to the lids twice daily, genteal severe dry eye gel, oral curcumin twice per day (jarrow formula) and recently been using a good product called resveratrol syngergy also by jarrows.

Personally i have found that vaso constrictors help my eyes, so anything with caffine in etc. I don't like the effect caffine has on my sleep so i like the resveratrol formular as it contains small amounts of green tea!

Failing this, i don't know if i've told you about them but something which provides ALOT of benefit are moisture chamber goggles, particularly "Tranquileyes Hydrating Goggles", pick yourself up the starter kit and give them a try.... really helps alot.

With the ocular rosacea it is kind of a vicious circle and i tell people that you need to reduce the dryness in order to lower the level of inflammation and vice versa. So all these things compliment each other.

hope that helps,

P.s.

I'm still really happy about achieving a first class honours degree in business studies, i took accutane during my second year (so i had to sit exams and do presentations and coursework with severe brain fog!) i had to drop out for a year but i went back and still managed to achieve the best grade possible. Only 10% of people who qualify from uni over here in the UK achieve it.

I'm not saying this to boost my ego, what i'm trying to say is if i can achieve that then you can all do something similar. Don't let the fact you took accuane and suffer from side effects prevent you from getting on with life!

Stay strong and things will get better one way or another!

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Who uses beta blockers? I tried 150mg of Labetalol last night before going to the gym. It did help reduce my heat/exercise-induced blushing by like 25-30%.

However, today (the day after) I feel like my face looked a bit more pink than usual! Could this be some sort of rebound blushing/flushing?

Propanolol is really the only effective beta blocker for flushing, i alo feel the NON time released version is better.

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Hey, what's up guys? JT, Lamarr, good to hear from you guys and that you are doing ok these days for the most part. myleastfavouritemistake, I dropped you a PM re: REMERON.

So things have been ok for me these days. I am still taking Mepacrine and find it helps, especially with the sun and summer. I can actually drive in the afternoon sun or even go for a walk (with a hat and sunscreen) without flushing, but just getting a bit red. I don't really flush anymore, it is more blushing now which is an improvement. That terrible overheating, flushing, warming feeling that fills the entire face is pretty much gone (thank god and knock on wood) but I still get red blushes and blotchy in some situations. I also still get some swelling in some situations as well but things have slowly improved since being on Mepacrine and the other meds.

So now I am doing 2 months of Mepacrine @100mg per day and then I take a month off just to take a break on my liver and to help prevent skin yellowing. I did not go very yellow, like Lamarr, it is a subtle olive sort of colour, not even noticeable to anyone or myself except under some lighting, but even then it is more of a tan than a yellow so I am lucky in that regard as some people go really yellow from it. No one has ever commented on it, not even family and I really don't see it myself in the mirror so perhaps I am just fortunate.

Like Lamarr, I will be on this med for a while I think. I started back in October so it has been about 7-8 months. I plan on continuing my cycle until I get to 1 year and hopefully knock the flushing/blushing/swelling completely out. Then maybe go to 100mg every other day but I am playing it by ear. No other side effects from it except maybe some energy. It has also helped a lot with joint pain, I notice this when I go off for a month because the joint pain flares again.

Lamarr, my hair is also just really dry all the time, I only wash it once or twice a week because anymore and it is just so brittle and dry. I am going to get back to the Emu oil as it was helping but I stopped when I ran out a month or so ago. What else do you use to combat the hair issues?

Occular Rosacea is still terrible. Using cotton swabs in warm water to clean out eyelids and drop 3-4 times per day. Also applying warm compresses (damp cloth) to eyelids once per day to help with eyelid swelling. Lamarr, any further advice on this issue would also be appreciated.

Halfpipe, hope you are doing well my friend.

To all others, hang in there, I believe things have gotten better with time and medication, time being one of the variables I believe.

Peace.

Hey soul, in regards to the hair dryness.... I have found things that help but personally i just ignor it as it doesn't physically hurt/bother me. If you want something to make it AMAZINGLY soft and moisturized before an event or whatever....then do this. Buy an aloe vera plant, chop a small section off (a few inches) then apply all the gel/pulp to your hair before a shower, let it dry then wash your hair as normal!

Occular rosacea....i steal deal with this aswell but i feel over time it is SLOWLY improving. I rarely take mepacrin anymore either.

Things i use are rosex gel applied to the lids twice daily, genteal severe dry eye gel, oral curcumin twice per day (jarrow formula) and recently been using a good product called resveratrol syngergy also by jarrows.

Personally i have found that vaso constrictors help my eyes, so anything with caffine in etc. I don't like the effect caffine has on my sleep so i like the resveratrol formular as it contains small amounts of green tea!

Failing this, i don't know if i've told you about them but something which provides ALOT of benefit are moisture chamber goggles, particularly "Tranquileyes Hydrating Goggles", pick yourself up the starter kit and give them a try.... really helps alot.

With the ocular rosacea it is kind of a vicious circle and i tell people that you need to reduce the dryness in order to lower the level of inflammation and vice versa. So all these things compliment each other.

hope that helps,

P.s.

I'm still really happy about achieving a first class honours degree in business studies, i took accutane during my second year (so i had to sit exams and do presentations and coursework with severe brain fog!) i had to drop out for a year but i went back and still managed to achieve the best grade possible. Only 10% of people who qualify from uni over here in the UK achieve it.

I'm not saying this to boost my ego, what i'm trying to say is if i can achieve that then you can all do something similar. Don't let the fact you took accuane and suffer from side effects prevent you from getting on with life!

Stay strong and things will get better one way or another!

Lamarr- That is soo good to hear and I agree w/you I tell people all the time don't let the damage that accutane has caused ruin your life. Go out and still live your life. If any one can attest to that it is me, as I was almost dead (sheefa posted my story on here) and though it was a long road and I know I am in the long haul of this, I still do the things I love and get on w/ life, As I will not let Roche win and neither should anyone elese.

Congrats Lamarr

Soul-Glad to hear about plaquenil working on your joints. How many months did it take????

Shantelle- Glad to hear that you are getting plaquenil. No suprise there on the test results and biopsy as I feel accutane cause autoimmune or autoimmnue like diseases. I hope plaquenil works wonders for you, let us know how it goes.

Seattle-How are things going????

Myleastfavmist- Did you try taking 200mg in the morning and 200mg after dinner? Has it helped.

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Thanks oli girl,

And i forgot to say earlier...stomach problems on anti milarials is totally normal and WILL wear off eventually. I can even take mepacrin on an empty stomach if i want now.... MY mum has the same problem with plaq for many months but it also wore off for her.

Just keep some food in your stomach at all times, have some milk before bed etc. If you wake up in pain in the night have a glass of milk!

Try and take the full 400mg if you can.

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Oli & Lamar,

i take both doses (all 400mg) in the morning and now I am fine.

Lamar,

Yes, I think Propranolol is the best bet. do the side effects (headache, dizziness) get less intense over time?

I took 15 mg of Remeron last night. It REALLY REALLY tires you out/makes u sleepy, but it doesn't make u feel sick/bad (like, say, Beta Blockers).

what's the difference between flushing and blushing? i found this explanation re: beta blockers:

"Hmmm...seems odd that a peripheral vasodialator would be the goto drug for this problem...but blushing (as opposed to flushing) is precipitated by activation of the andrenergic system so if your issue is excessive blushing in response to anxiety, a beta blocker may be the way to go although I am not sure labetalol is the one I would select.

If your problem is heat/exertion related flushing, a beta blocker would seem to be the exact opposite of what you want and may very well make the problem worse."

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Oh Lamar,

Why no Omega 3?? ur breakin my heart...i was hoping it would help get some oil in my dry skin. i've also read it is anti-inflammatory so ud think might helpw ith flushing.

every derm i've talked to says theres nothing internal for dry skin..all u can do is moisturize.

i do think reducing the flushing helps keep ur skin moist though. whenever i flush, my skin feels drier.

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