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Hi everyone 

Just come back from a consultation with my doctor who has agreed to put me on roaccutane.

However, he’s also prescribed me with prednisone to reduce some of my cystic acne and prevent roaccutane from causing a flare up. He’s recommended 10mg a day for 3 weeks and then 5mg a day for 3 weeks. Naturally, I’ve googled it and I’m now really resentful to start because of all the side effects such as weight gain and “moon face”, I honestly feel like I’d rather have acne.

I’m just wondering if anyone else has experience of taking prednisone at this dosage and side effects.

Thanks :)

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Hello! I am on day 12 of 20 mg a day isotretinoin. I started taking 10 mg prednisone 3 days before the accutane. It helped reduce the swelling in my cystic acne overnight. The doc also thinks this is stopping me from having an "initial breakout". 

I have noticed that I am a little more hungry than normal but I have not gained a single pound. I am mindful of when to stop eating and trying to remember to have healthy snacks vs junk food. I have not experienced any "moon face" at all. My doc gave me 30 days of 10 mg and I am going to finish it out. I am terrified that when I stop taking it I will get that initial breakout but we will cross that bridge when we get to it! 


Good luck. 

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Prednisone is very effective for initial breakout. Taking such a small dose for a few weeks won't give you Cushings Syndrome (which is what you are afraid of getting)

And actually you probably only need 3 weeks total of prednisone.

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