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I finished an Accutane course and my acne hasn't cleared!

I've been on Oratane for 8 months now, 40mg a day. Initially my acne did clear up somewhat, I was very happy with the results. Then one month into my course I had to stop temporarily for a month because of army training(conscription is practised here in Singapore) and then my condition backslid. When I went back on the course my condition never returned to the level before I stopped. Sure, it improved to a certain extent-it was definitely better than before I went on Tane-but then it stopped there and now I still get these horrible cysts that refuse to go away. I feel so discouraged. The derm said he'll put me off Tane for a couple of months and then go for another course. I'm hoping it'll work out then. How commonly does Accutane fail?

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Your course was interrupted, so it's not really surprising if it fails. You may continue to improve during the two month break - my first course i did not clear until a couple months after the course and then remained clear for a long time. But you may need that second one. Taking a second course greatly improves your chances of remission, so don't freak out just yet.

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I wasn't completely clear when I finished, and have yet to see if I'll get any better. Hopefully, you'll be able to figure something out soon.

Good luck!

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So the main reason the course failed is because it was interrupted midway? Dang the medical officer. I hope I improve further, but the problem is those cysts take forever to subside, if at all. Otherwise it's fine. But it's still painful and unsightly.

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