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Why can't i get accutane :( !

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moderators. feel free to put this wherever you want.. i chose to put it in this category because apparently my idiot derm thinks i have not so severe acne. ?

Background info:

Age:17

Acne since: Age 13

Products used: I first treated my acne with the classic sham PROACTIVE, clean and clear salyclic acid spot treatment.. and every otc cleanser. NOTHING obviously worked

Prescriptions used: tetracycline, minocycline, tazorac cream, bactrim/septra, clindamycin topical cream, stievamycin topical cream, clindets ance wipes. diane 35 birth control

I started using prescriptions since i was 14. My acne was really bad in grade 9 ( giant painful pimples all over cheeks, chin and forehead). Grade 10 i had the skin of a baby's butt.. no jooke and i was not using any products at the time. i used to get kids in the senior grades asking my for my secret .. lool

Grade 11. this is what my acne looked like. i shit you not people.

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/80beats/...8/11/fungus.JPG

i had green fungis growing on my cheeks. i ONLY get acne on my cheeks. so imagine how bad it looks right now . i wish they were not so concentrated on that area. :[

but yeah. i had little kids in my volunteer place telling me i had food on my face .and the special needs kids i used to work with kept asking me what happened to my face. [ it used to be clear in 10th grade when i worked with them]

i felt like DYInG in grade 11. the only thing that gave me hope was accutane. i honestly contemplated suicide in grade 11. words can not explain the misery i felt.

So anyways. even after my doctors/derm saw my fungis filled face, she declared that i was not washing it properly. [wtf] i always wash my face like every hour at least.

and she gave me septra and tazorac. i've been on that crap since april. and there is NO improvement. i dont have severe acne i guess but it is so persistent and i seriously have lost my mind. i also starting taking diane 35 acne birth control pills since august.

i don't go out anymore. i don't look people in the eye. i know i will always be remembered as the girl with green shit on her face in highschool. i don't know what the heck i am doing wrong?

& on top of it my term told me that i don't need accutane. i need anxiest medication like zoloft. i was like '' LISSTEN. why do you think i have anxiety ? CUZ OF MY ACNE. why r u trying to make me emotionless and passive with fucckin anxiety meds... in the end she told me weve exhaused all treatments and that im not getting accutane.

what do i do now? my cheeks are red and scarred because i scrubbed my whiteheads off so many times . how do i convince my derm?

thankyou !!!

P.S i live in canada. and i honestly notice that the doctors here are really anal about giving accutane. my derm told me she's only given 9 people so far in her lifetime accutane.

my chances therefore are 0 to none because i only have acne on my cheeks and no cysts.

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I've gone through 3 different derms who've constantly replaced themselves so i had a new derm at each appointment and they were all telling me how they don't give accutane unless it's for SeRIOS patients. and they showed me pictures of people they'd given accutane to and they had cysts covering every inch of their face till below their neck.

my reaction was . WTFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF. why would you let someone's face get that bad before giving them this med. wthh.. and i was like to my derms. you want me to get my face that bad for accutane? . i only have whiteheads on my cheek that don't ever go and they've left red scars on my cheeks. so my derm is like its not severe enough.

but i've been on acne meds since 14. ( tetracycline, minocycline, septra/bactrim, diane35, stievamycin, minocycline cream, clindets, etc i can't remember the rest:S

right now my derm f'ing put me on tazorac, septra, and diane 35. i've been on taz/septra since april and diane35 since august.

what the hell are my derms problems? im not a dammn guinea pig. they've tried everything. why not give me some poision like accutane that might work?

that septra shit has been making me barf for so many months now.

can i go on a low dose treatment atleast? my acne really isnt bad. it just looks bad. but my whole life is ruined because of it .

you guys are all on accutane. so can you give me some tips on convincing my derm to give me accutane? i've already bitched, cried, begged, .. etc.

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This is not an accutane log. Moved to Accutane posts. I'll also move your other almost identical post there and merge them.

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probably because accutane is a very serious drug that has been known to cause serious side effects. with all the antibiotics you've taken since you were 14 i would look into candida overgrowth treatments because that's probably your biggest problem.

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I wish my derm had told me not to take Accutane. Here's a study that would have prevented me from taking it. You should really check this out. This study isn't based on opinion like everything else you hear.

http://ajp.psychiatryonline.org/cgi/reprint/162/5/983.pdf

What if i go on a low dose throughout the treatment. like 20mg-30mg? . for 5 months.?

i've taken antibiotics for almost 4 years now and i think that has a bigger negative effect doesn't it? especially when it didn't even work in the end. and Im sorry that happened to you, it's like i KNOW about the side effects but when i see what i would look like in the future without acne.. all the feelings of fear are erased in regards to accutane.

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I wish my derm had told me not to take Accutane. Here's a study that would have prevented me from taking it. You should really check this out. This study isn't based on opinion like everything else you hear.

http://ajp.psychiatryonline.org/cgi/reprint/162/5/983.pdf

What if i go on a low dose throughout the treatment. like 20mg-30mg? . for 5 months.?

i've taken antibiotics for almost 4 years now and i think that has a bigger negative effect doesn't it? especially when it didn't even work in the end. and Im sorry that happened to you, it's like i KNOW about the side effects but when i see what i would look like in the future without acne.. all the feelings of fear are erased in regards to accutane.

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I wish my derm had told me not to take Accutane. Here's a study that would have prevented me from taking it. You should really check this out. This study isn't based on opinion like everything else you hear.

http://ajp.psychiatryonline.org/cgi/reprint/162/5/983.pdf

What if i go on a low dose throughout the treatment. like 20mg-30mg? . for 5 months.?

i've taken antibiotics for almost 4 years now and i think that has a bigger negative effect doesn't it? especially when it didn't even work in the end. and Im sorry that happened to you, it's like i KNOW about the side effects but when i see what i would look like in the future without acne.. all the feelings of fear are erased in regards to accutane.

I understand completely. I myself was only looking at the perfect outcome when I chose to take Accutane. But the fact of the matter is, accutane was first created for cancer treatment, it's far more severe then anti-biotics. Pop culture seems to sugar cote everything about it...

I understand many people have had amazing results with accutane. I'm not telling you not to take it, I'm telling you to consider ALL of the possibilities. Don't disregard a side-effect because it's labeled as "rare". This is a serious drug, it's not like taking an advil.

I do recommend you explore all the possibilities of getting rid of acne. I understand, it feels like you've tried everything, but there's always another thing out there. Also, you're in the age of acne. There's a very high chance you grow out of it. Acne is very saddening, but in a way it made me a better person. It made me mature. So just think long and hard about this decision, because you don't want to be regretting something for a long time because you "didn't know". Look at all the scientific information. Here's a psychiatrist and specialist that swears accutane is causing more harm then good. Look through these short videos he's made...

Also, think about the importance of information you're receiving. Don't listen to what the Accutane company says themselves because they're out for money. It's much better to look at peolpe's testimonials (and SURELY not just the good ones). Even better, look at the scientific studies posted all over this forum. Trust me, after you do this research you'll be more confident with your decision, and it will be less of a "shot in the dark".

And one more thing. Accutane is obviously something our bodies do not want. It kills cells at random. This is why if you decide to take Accutane, take the SMALLEST dose possible. This is only IF you decide to take it, after doing your research. This may seem like a huge hassle, but it's your body, you only get one of them, there aren't any "do-overs".

Good luck with your decision.

Edited by iRyRy

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I wish my derm had told me not to take Accutane. Here's a study that would have prevented me from taking it. You should really check this out. This study isn't based on opinion like everything else you hear.

http://ajp.psychiatryonline.org/cgi/reprint/162/5/983.pdf

What if i go on a low dose throughout the treatment. like 20mg-30mg? . for 5 months.?

i've taken antibiotics for almost 4 years now and i think that has a bigger negative effect doesn't it? especially when it didn't even work in the end. and Im sorry that happened to you, it's like i KNOW about the side effects but when i see what i would look like in the future without acne.. all the feelings of fear are erased in regards to accutane.

I understand completely. I myself was only looking at the perfect outcome when I chose to take Accutane. But the fact of the matter is, accutane was first created for cancer treatment, it's far more severe then anti-biotics. Pop culture seems to sugar cote everything about it...

I understand many people have had amazing results with accutane. I'm not telling you not to take it, I'm telling you to consider ALL of the possibilities. Don't disregard a side-effect because it's labeled as "rare". This is a serious drug, it's not like taking an advil.

I do recommend you explore all the possibilities of getting rid of acne. I understand, it feels like you've tried everything, but there's always another thing out there. Also, you're in the age of acne. There's a very high chance you grow out of it. Acne is very saddening, but in a way it made me a better person. It made me mature. So just think long and hard about this decision, because you don't want to be regretting something for a long time because you "didn't know". Look at all the scientific information. Here's a psychiatrist and specialist that swears accutane is causing more harm then good. Look through these short videos he's made...

Also, think about the importance of information you're receiving. Don't listen to what the Accutane company says themselves because they're out for money. It's much better to look at peolpe's testimonials (and SURELY not just the good ones). Even better, look at the scientific studies posted all over this forum. Trust me, after you do this research you'll be more confident with your decision, and it will be less of a "shot in the dark".

And one more thing. Accutane is obviously something our bodies do not want. It kills cells at random. This is why if you decide to take Accutane, take the SMALLEST dose possible. This is only IF you decide to take it, after doing your research. This may seem like a huge hassle, but it's your body, you only get one of them, there aren't any "do-overs".

Good luck with your decision.

thank you for the advice. and your right. i've only been reading good reviews for accutane.. and avoiding the negative ones. :/ .

take care and good luckk!

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The generally accepted prescribing guidelines say its acceptable to give accutane to those who suffer minor acne and suffer a kind of dysmorphic disorder or serious emotional/psychological distress over it. If you point this out and point out that you are really suffering and they still won't give you it, then all you can do is switch derms.

What country are you in?

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The generally accepted prescribing guidelines say its acceptable to give accutane to those who suffer minor acne and suffer a kind of dysmorphic disorder or serious emotional/psychological distress over it. If you point this out and point out that you are really suffering and they still won't give you it, then all you can do is switch derms.

What country are you in?

Canada.. the worst place EVER for this medication. all my doctors said NO no matter what. yet they give me every other crap that doesn't work.

and my derm said i have anxiety and need to take anti-depressants.. what a biitch! anybody with acne is bound to have anxiety.

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It's definitely your derm. You made a huge mistake giving away your anxiety though, she doesn't want to give accutane to someone that already has anxiety. Anyways I live in Canada too and I just got a referrel from my family doctor, walked into the derm office said accutane and boom I walked out with a prescription 15 minutes later. It actually worried me how easy it was to get a prescription for such a serious drug, but 100% covered by health care, so I love my country. They offered me antibiotics, but I just made some BS story about me having stomach issues with them. You have to learn how to talk to your doctor and get what you want from them.

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I live in Canada too and have moderate acne and I'm going on Accutane. Some doctors will only prescribe it for severe, cystic acne but there are others who will give it to you if you've tried all the other options and it's affecting your life. If I were you I would try to get referred to another dermatologist.

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I think you should probably should look for a second opinion. It doesn't hurt.

Go to a walk-in clinic and see a family physician.

You are lucky because you are in Canada. It's free to see a doctor. In addition, family physician can prescribe accutane not only derm.

I think your age concerns the doctor the most.

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I'm 17 and i've had acne ( whiteheads all over face) since i was 14..

ever since i was 14 i've been on tetracycline, minocycline, stievamycin topical cream, tazorac cream, clindamycin tablets, clindamycin gel

and right now i'm on bactrim/septra ( since april) and diane35 birth control ( since august)

i only have little whiteheads all over my cheeks as well as little holes that look like the size of pins all over my cheeks and both the apples of my cheeks are extremely pinkish-red from the scarring

however.. my derm told me to wait 2 more years because my acne is caused by hormones and that it will subside by then?

should i just go to a walk in clinic and get it there or painfully live my anti-social/depressed life and endure more pimples/ tiny scarring all over cheeks until i get accutane?

i'm already on birth controls so i don't know why i am still getting acne.

appreciate any help!

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even a low dosee?

my derms all said no even though i'm 17 and i've had acne since 14 and i've tried ( bactrim, tetracycline, minocycline, dianette/diane35, tazorac, stievamycin, clindamyicn, etc)

I really need help deciding what to do..

my doctor said no this week for the 5th time and she just walked out on me. so now i am thinking of going to a walk in clinic where they give accutane to almost anyone just to get them out of there!

my acne is seriously ruining my life.. i can't even wear makeup because it turns out looking so dammn clumpy!

please provide your input.

thanks

and can you give me any tips on getting accutane? crying does not seem to work for my derms.

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I honestly wouldn't do it... You can suffer long term liver damage because you're supposed to have lab work done each month to see if you're still healthy etc. I'd take a few pimples over a damaged liver... Your acne is nothing at all. But ranbaxy makes a generic version of accutane I think.

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personally i think you should maybe see a new derm. I have mild acne and im on accutane because my derm thinks that antibiotics are a big waste of time and could cause more problems than accutane if taken in a longer duration. Theres nothing wrong with low dose accutane for mild acne patients, i think you should bring this up to him/her. You are at an age where your hormones are going wild, but accutane could cause you to have a long remission for you to at least to grow out of acne. To be honest, i rather be on accutane than bactrim. I was on bactrim for a month leading up to accutane and it did calm down breakouts but it also could have just as bad side effects.

This is my opinion though, good luck!

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u know thats a good question.. i went on accutane at 16/17 and now im on it again at 18. but aren't i out of the puberty stage??? 18... hmm. well what grade are u in? cuz i say if ur a senior or going to college next year go on it and get it over with. and ya see another derm

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@love_nodules: Once again you are perpetrating the big "scare" about accutane. Yes you have to be monitored but liver damage is NOT inevitable. Again, this is just another example of partially informed persons who post authoritatively about accutane with no first hand experience.

Foreverdoomed: Sorry, but based on your pictures, you condition is not critical enough for accutane. You are a very pretty girl and I really think that you have magnified the seriousness of your condition.

All the best,

Joe Zit

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I suggest perusal of the board rules again. Some posts are now invisible.

Specifically:

12. No promotion of illegal procurement of prescription drugs.*

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