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I've been thinking about requesting this product from my dermatologist. I was researching it for a while and sure, I saw symptoms, but nothing that set of any alarms. UNTIL today. I received a random, spam e-mail(could be fate, idk) that tells me that Accutane may cause....DIABETES. Or it may......enhance the risk of DIABETES. Now, my great grandmother had Diabetes, that's about the only person in my family who had the disease. Is this true? Is this absolute FACT? Let me tell you guys, I have very severe acne that has.....devastated my social life and diabetes (yes this sounds stupid) may be a risk I'm willing to take...but I just need to know if anyone has had any experience.

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Yes. It has been known and there is a mother on the forum here who's daughter conracted it within months of ingesting accutane. There are many stories mate.

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I've been thinking about requesting this product from my dermatologist. I was researching it for a while and sure, I saw symptoms, but nothing that set of any alarms. UNTIL today. I received a random, spam e-mail(could be fate, idk) that tells me that Accutane may cause....DIABETES. Or it may......enhance the risk of DIABETES. Now, my great grandmother had Diabetes, that's about the only person in my family who had the disease. Is this true? Is this absolute FACT? Let me tell you guys, I have very severe acne that has.....devastated my social life and diabetes (yes this sounds stupid) may be a risk I'm willing to take...but I just need to know if anyone has had any experience.

Random spam emails are not exactly medical authorities that you should be taking seriously. If there was an incidence of diabetes amongst accutane users, common sense tells you it would be all over the forum- but it isn't. If you are concerned, consult with a dermatologist.

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My daughter started Accutane in Jan of 08. 6 weeks later after a bump up of her dosage at 4 weeks, she developed severe symptoms of high blood sugar and went to the ER and now has the lifelong Type 1 insulin dependent diabetes. There was no indicator of the risk and no family history of type 1. Her beta cells that produce insulin in her pancreas were destroyed. She has said that it was not worth the risk even though she had severe cystic acne. Now she has to control her diabetes everyday. Multiple insulin shots and finger testing. And they say that type 1 diabetics live 5-7 years less than the average. Not to mention the complications that can arise from diabetes if it is not effectively controlled.(kidney damage, blindness, loss of limbs etc). If we had known that this could have been a remote possibility she never would have taken it.

Be informed and research! Type 1 is not hereditary, type 2 is.

Good luck! and try blue light therapy it works really well.

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if this is a real side effect... i think it is VERY rare. i know a friend that is already diabetic and wanted to go on accutane but their derm wouldnt let them.... but ive never heard of accutane CAUSING diabetes... i suppose anything is possible. but that wouldnt be my #1 concern with accutane lol.

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It is a rare side effect, but yes, it is a possibility. There are A LOT of potential side effects that come with Accutane so research your bum off before coming to a personal decision.

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if this is a real side effect... i think it is VERY rare. i know a friend that is already diabetic and wanted to go on accutane but their derm wouldnt let them.... but ive never heard of accutane CAUSING diabetes... i suppose anything is possible. but that wouldnt be my #1 concern with accutane lol.

Many of the side effects aren't your number one concern until they start to happen!

It is a rare side effect, but yes, it is a possibility. There are A LOT of potential side effects that come with Accutane so research your bum off before coming to a personal decision.

Good post. Completely agree, research the drug to death first and exhaust all other alternatives.

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My daughter started Accutane in Jan of 08. 6 weeks later after a bump up of her dosage at 4 weeks, she developed severe symptoms of high blood sugar and went to the ER and now has the lifelong Type 1 insulin dependent diabetes. There was no indicator of the risk and no family history of type 1. Her beta cells that produce insulin in her pancreas were destroyed. She has said that it was not worth the risk even though she had severe cystic acne. Now she has to control her diabetes everyday. Multiple insulin shots and finger testing. And they say that type 1 diabetics live 5-7 years less than the average. Not to mention the complications that can arise from diabetes if it is not effectively controlled.(kidney damage, blindness, loss of limbs etc). If we had known that this could have been a remote possibility she never would have taken it.

Be informed and research! Type 1 is not hereditary, type 2 is.

Good luck! and try blue light therapy it works really well.

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It is probably very rare side effect. I agree with TOOOLD4ACNE, if any of these side effects were very, very common then Accutane would lose its FDA approval very quickly. My derm told me that you would be very surprised at the number of individuals that are taking this drug (members of this site represent an extremely small percentage of users). Because of this, he said accutane is being prescribed more liberally. However, he said he likes to try at least 6 months of an alternative treatment before suggesting accutane. Additionally, in his 15+ years of practice, he said only 4 have had to discontinue use due to adverse side effects and none of those have reported their side effects to be permanent after they quit the treatment.

I am still deciding whether or not to board the tane train because in my opinion I would rather have acne than life-altering side effects but it seems that the risk is worth taking basically due to the rarity of such instances. Then again, what if I am one of those unlucky few......

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FFS. It doesn't matter if it's a common side effect or not does it???! It's still Diabetes for christs sake, a life-long condition and TOOOLDFORACNE you are so damn niave it's untrue. Denying that any of these problems are caused by accutane. How is that little dream world bubble of yours? Have you ever tried jumping off a bridge or throwing yourself in front of a car because by the sounds of it you are invincible to anything and wholeheartedly believe accutane is safe.

It is a rare side effect, as it IBS and various other auto-immune disorders. But the whole point is they do happen are are well documented with this drug and you still need to weigh up the risk as to whether curing your acne (normally short term) is really worth the smallest chance of contracting something like the above. That's what it comes down to, not how common these damn sides are.

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Normally short term? It has been proven that few have to go through another course. The majority have to maintain their clear skin with topicals, and a very small percentage don't have to do anything ever again.

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FFS. It doesn't matter if it's a common side effect or not does it???! It's still Diabetes for christs sake, a life-long condition and TOOOLDFORACNE you are so damn niave it's untrue. Denying that any of these problems are caused by accutane. How is that little dream world bubble of yours? Have you ever tried jumping off a bridge or throwing yourself in front of a car because by the sounds of it you are invincible to anything and wholeheartedly believe accutane is safe.

It is a rare side effect, as it IBS and various other auto-immune disorders. But the whole point is they do happen are are well documented with this drug and you still need to weigh up the risk as to whether curing your acne (normally short term) is really worth the smallest chance of contracting something like the above. That's what it comes down to, not how common these damn sides are.

Get a life you fear monger.

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If anyone is going to have side effects related to accutane then they will most likely occur during the course or shortly after.

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If anyone is going to have side effects related to accutane then they will most likely occur during the course or shortly after.

I don't disagree with this at all. That's the thing a lot of people think all is fine until they FINISH their course and the body rebounds for some bizarre reason.

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Why is accutane exempt from every other medication??? Medications stronger than accutane do not randomly affect people 3 years later. Now if the problems started during the course and became severe years down the road, that is a different story.

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I was just answering the original posters questions. I did not say that Accutane was the cause though the Docs do say that if she was predetermined to develope diabetes then the assault on her immune system (overload of Vitamin A, which is what Accutane is) weakened her pancreas quicker , hence the diabetes. It is a very rare complication, but one nonetheless. And you need to speak to more specialists as Type 1 is not hereditary. Type 2 tends to be and yes individuals without a familial link do get type 2 due to poor diet and obesity. I just wanted the poster to do alot of research before making such an important decision.

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FYI for those who are interested:

Is type 1 diabetes hereditary?

Ninety percent of children who develop type 1 diabetes actually have no relative with the disease. Thanks to studies of families, researchers now can identify at birth when a baby carries some of the genes that indicate risk factors for type 1 diabetes. Certain genes called HLA markers are associated with diabetes risk. If a child is born with such markers, his or her risk of developing type 1 diabetes is about the same as if he or she had a sibling with type 1 diabetes, even though no other family member may have the disease. There are other genes that also create risk for juvenile diabetes that have not yet been identified.

How did my child get type 1 diabetes? We have no family history.

Although the causes of type 1 diabetes are not entirely known, scientists believe the body's own immune system attacks and destroys insulin-producingcells in the pancreas. It is not caused by obesity or by eating excessive sugar, which are two common myths about type 1. Both genetics and environmental "triggers" are being studied as potential causes of type 1 diabetes.

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