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accutane-- but antibiotics FIRST

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my derm has been trying to get me on accutane for 2 years. i have always been reluctant because of the side effects, and i felt foolish taking such a crazy drug for something i thought was cosmetic or selfish or something...

up until recently, my acne has been mild to moderate, severe in the past year or so...then BAM--6 months ago, cycts started creaping up more and more often. after trying everything (haven't we all) i finally gave into the idea of accutane. so i went on the pill, got the blood work, and was set to start tuesday of next week. BUT, i have this colony of cycts on my right jawbone. they're weird, like an underground tunnel system...and i wanted my MD to check it out before the weekend...i have been on antibiotics (most recently bactrim then doryx--again) but they have done nothing about the cycts (or anything for that matter) and my sub-mental glands have been swollen for the past 2 months from the inflammation on my face. looking at my face it looks ok. i clearly have acne, but it doesn't look HORRIBLE (i think it does, but you know how critical of ourselves/our skin we can be)

---ok so here is the deal... my derm is making me do ANOTHER round of a DIFFERENT antibiotic BEFORE i even get to start the accutane. he says these cysts are an abscess and he wouldn't inject them. i am very frustrated since it took me years to make the 'tane decision and now i can't seem to move forward.

so these are my questions:

1. has anyone else had swollen glands from cystic acne?

2. has anyone else had to take antibiotics to get their acne to a certain point BEFORE they could start accutane?

3. has anyone taken omnicef (the antibiotic he prescribed)?

**and to everyone that posts on these boards: thank you for sharing, writing, supporting...i have been reading them for a few months now and never wrote. but your stories have kept me going. thank you.

FYI: i am 26, have had acne (mild) since my teens, moderate since college, and severe in the past 2 years.

thank you in advance for any replies.

peace.

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1. has anyone else had swollen glands from cystic acne?

2. has anyone else had to take antibiotics to get their acne to a certain point BEFORE they could start accutane?

3. has anyone taken omnicef (the antibiotic he prescribed)?

**and to everyone that posts on these boards: thank you for sharing, writing, supporting...i have been reading them for a few months now and never wrote. but your stories have kept me going. thank you.

FYI: i am 26, have had acne (mild) since my teens, moderate since college, and severe in the past 2 years.

thank you in advance for any replies.

peace.

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