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Days 5-10

Day 5

Dose: 40mg/day


I took my pill as usual but it didn't feel like it went down. It felt like it was stuck in my throat. I really should not have taken it. My throat was sore and I should have known better. Unfortunately, I needed some assistance getting it down hence starts my visit to the emergency room :confused:.

Day 6

In the emergency room they had to thoroughly check my throat because as we all know accutane as well as any other pill is not meant to sit in the throat. I had to stay overnight for observation. No pills taken that day.

Days 7-9

I received a clean bill of health but my throat was still very sore. I didn't take any pills due to my sore throat. I was told I could continue taking the pills once my sore throat is almost gone.

Day 10

I started taking the pills again. My throat feels a lot better but I feel tried. I'm attributing it to my lack of sleep.

So far I don't see any progress just dry lips. I didn't have a headache all day which was a welcome relief.


1st week

1st Day 03.01.08

Dosage: 40mg

Symptoms: None

Day 2-4

Dosage: 40mg

Symptoms: slight headache


And so it begins

I'm a 24 yo woman with a long history of acne. In my opinion a prolonged history of acne. I started to get acne when I was 12. Nothing major, just a little on my forehead but as time progressed I started to get it on my checks and chin. I begged my mother to take me to the doctor so she did and so begins my unwanted love affair with the dermatologist.

At first, my pediatrician didn't want to refer me to a dermatologist but I made it such an issue that my mother took up the fight. I was told to try clearasil and then neutrogena and they worked for a while but my acne seemed to get a little worst after each product I tried. After a year of over the counter medications the dermatologist finally decided to approach my acne with some concern. At the age of 14 my acne went from mild to moderate and I was beginning to withdraw from life as a whole. I began to obsess on how imperfect my skin was. My mother could no longer watch me retreat from my normal up beat and out going personality so we decided to leave that dermatologist in search of someone who would actually make an effort to help me.

When I was about 15, I started see this great dermatologist. He always said just the right things to make me feel like I wasn't the only one suffering with this disease and that he will do everything in his power to help me. He always cleaned my face and injected my new pimples with cortisone. I did see some improvement when I was with him but I was never clear and I had a lot of acne marks to deal. He offered Accutane after 2 years of failed attempts but once I read the literature I went running in the other direction. I didn’t like having acne but I also though it wasn’t worth the risk. Maybe I would grow out of it like everyone said. {crossing fingers :confused:}

When I left home to go to college I had to find a new dermatologist. It was so hard to find one since I didn’t have anyone to refer me to one. I found one close to school but they were useless. They just looked at my face and prescribed something and sent me on my way. I had become so accustom to my old dermatologist that no one else could come close to him in terms of the way he treated his clients. I was only seeing them for 6 months before they offered Accutane. It was my third visit and I felt as though they didn’t try many other options before offering such a powerful drug. I declined their offer and I never went back after that. For the next 2 or 3 years I didn’t go to a dermatologist at all. I tried Proactive, Murad, and other home kits with very little success.

In 2005, I started going to a new dermatologist and he prescribed some meds. After 2 years of seeing him every time I went for a follow up appointment he would always ask me why I am so against trying something a little more aggressive like Accutane. I would explain some of my reservations and concerns about the drug. After a year of thinking about it I decided I would never out grow it nor will any of the meds truly clear me up. So here I am 12 years later, 7 years after it was initially offered to me, getting ready to take the drug I dreaded for so many years. I wonder what my life would he been if I took it back then. Would I have been more out going in college? Would I have pursued so many things I was interested in like modeling? Who knows? But it’s time to put the pain of acne behind me. I just hope this drug does not cause any permanent damage. I hope and pray I only experience minor affects so I can complete the treatment. {crossing finger :dance:}

List of some of the drugs I’ve tried:


Benzoyl peroxide washes and creams

Salicylic washes and creams

Differin gel





Azelaic Acid

Retin-A, Retin-A Micro

At home microdermabrasion kits

Witch Hazel



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