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Hi Everyone! Hope you are all well!

I am a newbie! :dance:

I finally decided to join this site as it has helped me alot throughout the years and I thought...why not?

So I have been suffering from acne for yearsssssssssssss ever since I was 12 and now I am 24...yeah half my life =(.

Sometimes it goes OK and sometimes it goes crazy :wacko:

Been to the GP so many times and they just kept prescribing stuff that only worked for a while (I have tried everything). I have started to scar and that is what is scaring me.

So I went 2 weeks ago as I have had enough of it and really can't cope anymore, The doctor said he would send a refrral to a skin specialist. So now I have to wait, and I was wondering if anyone could let me know how long they had to wait till they got an appointment? I live in the UK?

Thank youuu :cool:

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My GP gave me the number and when I phoned up they were suggesting something like a 6-8 week wait, which was crazy, so I phoned my GP back up and he got me in after about 4 weeks. Which was a relief.

I think it's time they let GPs prescribe it or something. A lot of people will have known their GP since they were young and have probably built up a relationship during that time.

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I'm in the UK too. It took around a month for my initial appointment to come through, but i was told it was a particularly short waiting list (it was a new clinic).

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I got a letter today saying my name is on a waiting list...bohoo..it's a 8-10 week waiting list! What can expect to happen on the appointment? :rolleyes: Edited by Ain't No Sunshine
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Well getting on the waiting list is a start! :D My first appointment was purely the derm talking me through options, risks, him assessing my skin, signing forms and taking an initial blood test. It was another month before my next appointment, which is where I got my first prescription and my first box of pills.

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Haha don't worry - questions are fine :cool:

He went through a number of topicals, antibiotics, birth control, etc. Upon finding out I'd tried them all, he moved on to Roaccutane. It was quite a short consult to be honest, maybe 15mins long.

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Well I waited around 3 weeks for a Dermatology appointment from when my doctor sent me. When I got there , all he did was say that I had acne (clever Derm) lol . He asked me what I had been on before, then straight away told me about roaccutane, I told him I had heard of it but wasn't keen on side effects, he said that he doesn't know why people get that impression as this drug does work and other drugs have side effects too. So, next he made me fill out a form to check on what state of mind I was in. He prescribed the roaccutane 20mg and that was that ( no blood test for me ) now I have to wait till August before I get another appointment. So I am stuck on 20mg for 3 months. I am hoping he ups the dosage in August to be honest :)

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Lucky you, you hardly had to wait! I am just worried I will got there and the Derm will not give me it, I will actually breakdown if that happens =( I hope your doing well on it jsut now =) :D
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Lucky you, you hardly had to wait! I am just worried I will got there and the Derm will not give me it, I will actually breakdown if that happens =( I hope your doing well on it jsut now =) :D

I had to wait around 8 weeks. Got referred in March and had appointment in May. I would be very surprised if the derm didn't give you accutane, most referrals to derms for acne (according to my GP anyway!) are to get accutane because nothing else that can be prescribed by a GP has worked. Good luck :)

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accutane is a great drug and i'm sure you'll have success with it!

i had to wait around 3 months from my doctor first referring me to being prescribed the treatment. the gp would of put in referral that you are being referred because of your acne, and will discuss the possibility of taking accutane. he'll ask you some questions about what you've taken (i'm guessing you've been through the majority of topical treatments and pills available!)

One thing i'd suggest is to look at other peoples accutane logs! This'll give you a good idea of what to expect in terms of how quickly your acne will heal, what side effects you might get and what products you should use.

Although I'm not finished with accutane I'm 4 months in and my skin is looking fantastic. Hopefully it'll be just as good for you too!

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Thank you everyone for your replies, I do hope I get prescribed it, will have to wait till August, which is hard but just got to think postive! :cool:

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