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Just HOW dangerous is Accutane?

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The FDA includes Accutane among the very top of the most dangerous legal prescription drugs a person can take. This may well be primarily because of the history of foetal deformities resulting in women who continue to become pregnant on Accutane despite Roche making every conceivable effort to prevent this short of mixing RU-486 into the pill and prescribing a chastity belt along with the drug.

I'm a guy and so the risk of pregnancy complications and foetal toxicity do not apply.

Does this still leave me to worry myself out of taking Accutane?

I'm starting in 2 days, and may be suffering from "last minute nerves," but the side-effects ARE intimidating.

Your opinions?

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Did you look at the rest of the list too? There is so many problems with so many drugs, they find new things everyday. Viagra is also on that list, and Accutane has been around for over 20 years. I Think it would take less the 20 years for someone to take it off the market if it was really that bad. There is complications and side effects with anything, look even drinking too much water can kill you. We live in a society today where there are the people who try to get something for free by complaining and suing and so on there for making something like Accutane that has already done wonders for me very difficult to get. As long as you get your blood tested as directed by your derm and follow the derms orders you should be ok with the tane. I was never nervous about taking it, never, I hated the fact that I had to wait for it, going to the first derm appointment her telling me that I could have it then waiting for the labs to come back so I could pick up the script from her then taking it to Wallgreens to get it filled, then having to wait on my insurance to approve it, the wait sucked, it was like a week and a half just to get the pills in my hand, worth the wait now though cuz Im luvin it!

Good Luck, stop stressing yourself out, stress it not good for you!!!!

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im about 3 weeks into my accutane treatment.. I find that accutane's side effects aren't as severe as everyone describes.. The side effects that i have suffered are: very dry lips, muscle aches and fatigue. although these effects are bareable for me.. it may be different for everyone else.. if you have put up with your acne and tried most of the other treatments, i say.. go for it. =]

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What is your age, gender, severity, treatment history and Accutane dosage? First course?

it might work for some people but its not doing the complete job for me

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im 22 and ive been on roaccutane for 4 months i went to my derm on the 25th feb 05 and i got treated in hospital there put me on bactroban ointment roaccutane pills only 25mg and antibotics called flucoxicilian 4 times a day it was i,proving alot when i got out on the 4th march 3 weeks ago but now its starting to creep bk again i have to go bk to hospital on friday 8th april he will poss give me another supply off roaccutane

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I'm on 40mg/day for the first month (doc wanted to see how well I'd tolerate the side effects before increasing my dose to 60mg for months 2-5).

So far:

*dry lips - within first few days, getting drier each week, but manageable with Aquaphor.

*dry skin on body - within first few days, but manageable with body lotion. Now, after 3 weeks, it's fine, and I don't even need to moisturize anymore, except for hands.

*drier skin on face - within the 1st week, but completely manageable due to moisturizing twice a day after cleansing. Skin isn't flakey or red either.

*mild nosebleeds - in the 2nd week. This side effect has since stopped. None in the last week and a half.

*dry hair - in the 3rd week. Only need to wash hair twice week!

Side effects for me have been completely tolerable. Being in the Northeast, winter months have been harsher to me than Accutane, to tell you the truth.

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ACCUTANICs ANONYMOUS...

hi. my name is lexi. and i'm an accutanic.

i've been using for 7 weeks...twice a day, 40mg in the AM and 40mg in the PM.

i'm starting to think that this dose is way to high for me. maybe my doc was high when he perscribed it to me?? i weigh 125lbs... my skin is pretty bad. still cysty...and i'm kinda depressed. (and when i say kinda--i mean very). i'm thinking that i might want to reduce my dose. i mean, dang, i'm crying a lot. and i don't want puffy eyes AND acne...knowwhatimsayin'?

word.

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ACCUTANICs ANONYMOUS...

hi. my name is lexi. and i'm an accutanic.

i've been using for 7 weeks...twice a day, 40mg in the AM and 40mg in the PM.

i'm starting to think that this dose is way to high for me. maybe my doc was high when he perscribed it to me?? i weigh 125lbs... my skin is pretty bad. still cysty...and i'm kinda depressed. (and when i say kinda--i mean very). i'm thinking that i might want to reduce my dose. i mean, dang, i'm crying a lot. and i don't want puffy eyes AND acne...knowwhatimsayin'?

word.

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Yes, but while lower dosages tend to yield fewer and less severe side-effects, by the same token they are just as likely to yield lower remission (and higher relapse) rates. The most important thing for optimal acne remission with Accutane is to reach a cumulative total dosage of 125mg/kg, and to do this over a typical course of 4-6 months require a high enough daily dosage as to result in side-effects that almost always include the initial breakout.

I am starting in 2 days but right now have quite good skin; in fact right now it's definitely mild acne, so if you saw me standing next to you on the street you'd say, hey I guess that guy has a couple of spots but it's no big deal at all. And according to a previous post on this thread, milder acne has milder initial breakouts.

So that bodes well for me.

use low dossage and nothing no side effect is going to bother you ( except for dry lips )

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Basically if it wasnt safe for anyone it wouldnt be on the market. But it is on the market therefore its safe, as long as your monitored. END OF STORY.

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it works when you feel the bump just comming up... it slows the oil production down. Especially when your on the tane, it lets the tane get to the oil gland. Then the pimple doesnt grow much and flattens out quicker.

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Basically if it wasnt safe for anyone it wouldnt be on the market. But it is on the market therefore its safe, as long as your monitored. END OF STORY.

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accutane is strong, yeah, but top 5? maybe if youre a fetus, but no way. and depression isnt proven yet, and most, if not all, cases of it as a side effect and suicides from it were people in their teens. teenagers are always moody and prone to depression, especially if you throw in horrible acne. teens kill themselves all the time, and teens are the highest percantage of people with acne, hence the highest number of accutane prescriptions goto that age group. prolly not coincidence, but i'm no expert. just be good to your body, get blood work often, and please, for the love of god, DONT get pregnant. thats why its in the top 5 list....because even now with all the crazy hoops you have to jump through, consent forms, videos, blood and urine tests, each box covered in pregnant women with an 'x' over them, women are still getting pregnant. it wont be pulled anytime soon, if ever, but its getting harder and harder to get. i could be kicking back with all 6 seasons of sex and the city on dvd with a giant bottle of percodan, a few valiums, some dexedrine thrown in and perhaps some codiene for nap time sooner than getting a prescription for accutane. seriously. my family doc wont prescribe it, but he offers me xanax all the time, and if he sees a cut or bruise on you, 60 vicodin es pills right away. but accutane is to dangerous, he says. yeah.....ok. eusa_think.gif

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Hey Minneymouse,

Ironically, I don't think Vioxx is the best example of a highly dangerous drug being offered to the public. In my opinion (take it with salt, granted), Vioxx was yanked too soon to prevent the inevitable flood of lawsuits. The doubled incidence of heart risk was still incredibly small (a jump from 2-4%) and occured within a limited group, mostly retirement age. This kind of risk is something that (like accutane) is best negotiated between doctor and patient, not decided by the federal gov't. For example, Vioxx was a life-saver for patients with rheumatological diseases (RA, lupus, scleroderma, etc) and for younger patients, the benefits (like being able to function and manage disabling pain) far outweight the risks. In addition, all the cox-2 inhibitors were/are very easy on the GI tract, a major issue for people who take anti-inflammatories long-term and suffer digestive problems at best and life-threatening bleeding ulcers at worst. This said, clearly Vioxx should not have been administered to older patients or anyone with a strong history of heart disease in their family. IN my opinion, Vioxx should still be on the market- just as Accutane should remain on the market.

Ok, off my soapbox. Just a major peeve of mine, the yanking of Vioxx. sigh. berry

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