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So i haven't been on this forum for a long time. The last time i think i was here i was still on accutane thinking it wasnt going to work. Well the first 3 months sucked, really sucked. Month 4 was pretty bad. Month 5, i was not oily, no breakouts, clear smooth skin, on my back face and neck. Ive been done for like almost 2 months now, Im still clear, *crosses fingers*. I feel so awesome now. I go out all the time, I now take off my shirt in public, which i ahvent done in 3 years. I let peope actually touch my face, which is a wierd sensation. I have so much more confidence, Im actually talking to women now lol.

For anyone who has any doubts about taking accutane, I hesitated to take it when i was prescribed it for moderate to severe back acne and mild facial acne. The first 3 months are gonna suck, but it is so worth it. I feel so good and i wish everyone who is taking accutane can have the same results as i did.

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by the way, i havent been on in a while is because i have been so busy living a happy and confident filled life in post accutane life.

And Accutane definately had a wierd affect on my brain. I can notice a serious problem in my ability to focus for more than like 30 seconds. But it isnt that bad, ill take the clear skin any day.

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I cant wait to be able to say the same thing. What im looking forward to the most is waking up in the morning and not spending a half hour fixing my face.

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I cant wait to be able to say the same thing. What im looking forward to the most is waking up in the morning and not spending a half hour fixing my face.

Haha, you will. Ive already got used to just getting up in the morning and not worrying about looking at my face in the mirror.

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by the way, i havent been on in a while is because i have been so busy living a happy and confident filled life in post accutane life.

And Accutane definately had a wierd affect on my brain. I can notice a serious problem in my ability to focus for more than like 30 seconds. But it isnt that bad, ill take the clear skin any day.

.....the focus side effect is still happening though you're off of it? i'm starting accutane in a week and i have a 4.0 to keep up this year, do you think that was just a side effect for you or does that happen often? my acne is so horrible and i wanna try this more than anything else cuz i've been dealing with it for at least 8 years now but these side effects are scaring me.

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So it's worth going through hell for a few months? Sounds like it. Thanks for the encouraging update man! It's not often you hear such happy stories about 'tane takers because it seems more people focus on the IB and the side effects. You just made my day!

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So it's worth going through hell for a few months? Sounds like it. Thanks for the encouraging update man! It's not often you hear such happy stories about 'tane takers because it seems more people focus on the IB and the side effects. You just made my day!

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I agree with Sean123 - I'm ten days away from finishing my course. It was rough - I've had super duper body pains. But I've basically been clear since 2 1/2 months into my course. I still have some red marks on my cheeks, but I don't care. I'll definitely run to the store or whatever without even washing my face in the morning, let alone putting on make-up. I feel pretty confident that it will continue this way after I'm done. Let's hope anyway.

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accutane is the best drug in the world. I dont know why people are so reserved to take it. Its a lifesaver

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I don't start taking accutane until August 5th or so but I can't wait to be done with my course and clear. I will finally be able to wear sleeveless shirts and dresses without wearing something to cover my arms for the first time ever!!

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So it's worth going through hell for a few months? Sounds like it. Thanks for the encouraging update man! It's not often you hear such happy stories about 'tane takers because it seems more people focus on the IB and the side effects. You just made my day!

For sure, it's most definitely worth it! After 15 years of dealing with acne I'm now one and a half months post-tane and still clear. I no longer have to worry about people focusing on the huge zits on my face during meetings for work, and that has helped my performance and confidence soar. Accutane had serious side effects, yes - but it also had serious results.

Congrats on your success!!! :)

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I'm looking forward to saying this as well! I'm 2 months in right now and so far so good, but I've been taking a low dose (40mg)

I think I might ask to go higher though, because I haven't gotten any of the dryness and I'm still breaking out a bit.

So glad to hear that it worked out for you! Not only has accutane helped your skin, but your success is encouraging to the rest of us too!

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So i haven't been on this forum for a long time. The last time i think i was here i was still on accutane thinking it wasnt going to work. Well the first 3 months sucked, really sucked. Month 4 was pretty bad. Month 5, i was not oily, no breakouts, clear smooth skin, on my back face and neck. Ive been done for like almost 2 months now, Im still clear, *crosses fingers*. I feel so awesome now. I go out all the time, I now take off my shirt in public, which i ahvent done in 3 years. I let peope actually touch my face, which is a wierd sensation. I have so much more confidence, Im actually talking to women now lol.

For anyone who has any doubts about taking accutane, I hesitated to take it when i was prescribed it for moderate to severe back acne and mild facial acne. The first 3 months are gonna suck, but it is so worth it. I feel so good and i wish everyone who is taking accutane can have the same results as i did.

When i was clear, fucking amazing. Now, not so great and forgetting what it feels like.

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by the way, i havent been on in a while is because i have been so busy living a happy and confident filled life in post accutane life.

And Accutane definately had a wierd affect on my brain. I can notice a serious problem in my ability to focus for more than like 30 seconds. But it isnt that bad, ill take the clear skin any day.

.....the focus side effect is still happening though you're off of it? i'm starting accutane in a week and i have a 4.0 to keep up this year, do you think that was just a side effect for you or does that happen often? my acne is so horrible and i wanna try this more than anything else cuz i've been dealing with it for at least 8 years now but these side effects are scaring me.

Umm well honestly i cant really tell, because im out of school. But like in school, i was having trobules staying focused. In gemotry especially, i would be like ok today im really gonna concentrate and work hard. 2 minutes into class i was day dreaming and i had no idea what the hell was going on.

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by the way, i havent been on in a while is because i have been so busy living a happy and confident filled life in post accutane life.

And Accutane definately had a wierd affect on my brain. I can notice a serious problem in my ability to focus for more than like 30 seconds. But it isnt that bad, ill take the clear skin any day.

.....the focus side effect is still happening though you're off of it? i'm starting accutane in a week and i have a 4.0 to keep up this year, do you think that was just a side effect for you or does that happen often? my acne is so horrible and i wanna try this more than anything else cuz i've been dealing with it for at least 8 years now but these side effects are scaring me.

Umm well honestly i cant really tell, because im out of school. But like in school, i was having trobules staying focused. In gemotry especially, i would be like ok today im really gonna concentrate and work hard. 2 minutes into class i was day dreaming and i had no idea what the hell was going on.

how old are you? cuz im 16 and i start it tomorrow.

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I just thought I should also add to this discussion because it is true, we all spend a lot of time on the board when we are breaking out, worry about side effects etc. but as everything clears up we start thinking about other things and not spending as much time on the forum. This does (unintentionally) give a rather unbalanced representation, I think.

I've been on Roaccutane 40mg from mid-December (except for the first 3 weeks when I was on 20mg). I just took my last 2 pills today.

The first couple of months were tough, lots of breaking out, drying out, skin red and cracking. I also had joint and muscle pain, but except for a few very sore days it was generally mild. Getting out of bed every morning my achilles heel felt tight but would usually settle down within 30 mins or so.

The whole time I've been on the medication I've been really careful with exercise, as I didn't want to risk any permanent damage. Not sure if this would happen, but it seemed wise to be cautious as pain is usually there for a reason.

From about the 4th month everything settled down, and it seemed like my body got used to the Roaccutane in my system. By this stage my face and back were clear and I stopped thinking about acne and Roaccutane.

My skin has remained clear. The most annoying side effects over the last 3 months have been my lips occasionally splitting in the corners and having to moisturise all over after every shower. When I got lazy and skipped doing so for a couple of days I would get some small eczema patches. These would usually clear up quickly with hydrocortisone.

I've been really careful in the sun (but then I usually am as I'm very fair), and I have hardly been drinking any alcohol. I've had a glass or two of wine on maybe 4 occasions over the 7 months. I figured Roaccutane was enough of a stress on my body, I didn't need to add to it. Blood tests have been good, the last one in May was borderline on transglycerides. It probably didn't help that I wasn't eating well at that point in time as I have been doing previously. You may choose to take some lessons from my experience if you wish.

My hair has gone from being an oil slick and having to be washed daily to being able to last a week between washes and look fine. It looks so much better now, and I hope this effect lasts!

Hopefully this will be a permanent cure for me, but if the acne returns, I would sign up for another course without doubt. It really hasn't been that bad, and the results are that good. At least for me. It's not until it's gone that you realise how much it ruled your life, and I've had it for 17 years.

Good luck everyone!

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I thought it was worth writing a follow up post a few months down the track on this topic. I notice there are a lot of arguments on the board regarding side effects. I will leave it to you to take what you will from my post.

I've been off (Ro)accutane now for over 6 months. My back remains clear, but I have started getting some acne again on my face over the last couple of months. Certainly not as bad as before, and no acne on my chin as yet, although that used to be a problem area before Roaccutane. I would certainly be considering another course, but I am feeling rather reluctant now due to my ongoing side effects.

I still have joint pain, which is starting to worry me. I was happy to accept this level of discomfort as a temporary drawback during my course, but I was really hoping my joints would return to normal after I finished taking the pills.

I've always had great bones and joints before Roaccutane. Never broke, sprained or experienced any pain in bones or joints in my life. I never experienced any problems before taking this medication, so I think I can say with reasonable certainty that in my case my joint pain is a side-effect of the drug. This side effect is well documented.

As I took a break from doing much in the way of exercise during my Roaccutane course (see previous post), I am now trying to regain my fitness. However, it has been very hard because of the pain I am getting in my ankles, knees, wrists, fingers etc. I am concerned that pushing through the pain will cause damage.

I did a lot of research about Roaccutane prior to taking it, but I have to say that I really was not sufficiently aware that joint pain might be permanent. Although joint pain gets mentioned a lot, it is generally discussed as a temporary problem. Temporary and permanent side effects are two very different things.

I have to admit that a few people on this site, including Dan, have mentioned their joint pain has not gone away. I saw this, but I guess I wanted to benefit of the drug, and I therefore chose to accept the possible risk. I think we all do that to some extent.

I'm not telling anyone to not take Roaccutane. I just thought that sharing my current predicament might be informative or helpful to others.

I am planning to go and see my doctor soon to discuss this issue. If I hear anything worth reporting, I will post again.

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I still have joint pain, which is starting to worry me. I was happy to accept this level of discomfort as a temporary drawback during my course, but I was really hoping my joints would return to normal after I finished taking the pills.

I've always had great bones and joints before Roaccutane. Never broke, sprained or experienced any pain in bones or joints in my life. I never experienced any problems before taking this medication, so I think I can say with reasonable certainty that in my case my joint pain is a side-effect of the drug. This side effect is well documented.

As I took a break from doing much in the way of exercise during my Roaccutane course (see previous post), I am now trying to regain my fitness. However, it has been very hard because of the pain I am getting in my ankles, knees, wrists, fingers etc. I am concerned that pushing through the pain will cause damage.

I did a lot of research about Roaccutane prior to taking it, but I have to say that I really was not sufficiently aware that joint pain might be permanent. Although joint pain gets mentioned a lot, it is generally discussed as a temporary problem. Temporary and permanent side effects are two very different things.

I have to admit that a few people on this site, including Dan, have mentioned their joint pain has not gone away. I saw this, but I guess I wanted to benefit of the drug, and I therefore chose to accept the possible risk. I think we all do that to some extent.

I'm not telling anyone to not take Roaccutane. I just thought that sharing my current predicament might be informative or helpful to others.

I am planning to go and see my doctor soon to discuss this issue. If I hear anything worth reporting, I will post again.

18 MONTHS ON AND I'M STILL IN CRIPPLING PAIN. People just don't understand how much this affects your life and often the side effects slowly creep up on you on after the course. Bad news, all the tests come back negative. I have had over 6 blood tests, multiple MRI scans, an isoptope bone scan, fullcheck over, seen god knows how many specialists and nobody can tell me what's going on.

My symptoms are major stiffness, severe pain and cracking and clicking of nearly every joint that was never there before. This drug prematurely ages you and I am sure ANYONE who has taken it will experience these kind of side effects well before the usual 'arthritis window' of old age.

Clear skin worth all these god damn horrible health problems?? Ask my mum and dad who came with me to the doctors today as I wrote a suicide note at the weekend. This drug has totally ruined my life.

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