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how long of taking accutane is enough?

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31 y/o female at 150 lbs and 5'11". dosage- 30 mg 2X/day for 2 months then 40mg 2X/day for 2 months. So 4 months total on accutane. My skin looks good. I have back pain but I am not sure how much of it is from my herniated disc. My Dermatologist planned to have me take it for 6 months. Is that necessary if I am happy with the results as of now? I am tired of the bloodwork and shelling out all the money for accutane and dr's visits. thanks!

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There's something about the low 20 mg dose that seems to bring on a relapse. That is...your acne coming back. My own derm, (actually physician's assistant, I"ve never even seen a derm during my accutane course,) told me that 20 mgs means you need to extend the time period. There is some kind of buildup of the medicine they want in your system. I don't know what that is, though.

Anyway, if I were you, I'd stick with it until it was fully over. If you stop early, you could relapse, and then go on expensive accutane again. Sounds more economical to me to just finish.

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