this was a post i made in the accutane forum. decided to put it in my blog, just as an fyi:
i was really bored last night (7.31.08). so, i read the contraindications and warnings for claravis. i started taking it on 7.11.08. i'm 5'5, 125 lbs and my derm prescribed 30mg/day (one pill). i was reading the dosage and administration section. it clearly states: 'the safety of once daily dosing w/claravis has not been established. once daily dosing is not recommended.' in continuing, i have severe recalcitrant nodular acne. i'm thinking these last three weeks have been a complete waste of time. based on my weight and severity of my acne, from the beginning, i should have been prescribed between 50-100mg/day (combo of two pills). now, i'm pissed and really want to address this issue w/my derm. i have 8 pills left and am scheduled to see the derm next friday.
does anyone else have info regarding once daily vs twice daily dosing?
back to the blog: all right. today, i'm actually going to the derm for some cortisone injections. unfortunately, i won't be able to see my regular derm. so, i'll run some of my questions by the substitute derm and let my regular derm know about my concerns on 8.8.08. i have plans for the weekend. hopefully i'll feel comfortable enough w/my face to actually go on my date. hoping these injections work.
my face: well, i have about 15 actives right now. i'm trying my damndest not to touch my face, so i can't actually feel them. just going by the ones i can see. there is a conga line of five, which formed on the left side of my mouth. i have two huge ones on my chin and an unbelieveably huge one on my forehead (again). seriously, the one on my forehead is the second biggest i've ever seen on my face. the huge one on my nose is coming to a head. hopefully the injection will take care of it.
i'm thinking the medication is working, but again, i'm not sure whether the dosage is enough. i drink about 100 ozs of water each day. i was using aquaphor for my lips. however, i can go w/out aquaphor and my lips aren't dry/chapped. for my face, i use cetaphil. before accutane, this would leave my face looking quite shiny. now, that's not the case. out of habit, i blot my face, but truthfully, i don't look shiny. mentally, acne is winning the battle, but i'm determined to win the war. physically, i feel fine. no issues w/joints, decreased night vision, etc. i had my bloodwork done today, as i move into my 2nd month on saturday. hopefully, my levels remain acceptable.
so far, i think my acne has gotten worse over these first 25 days. from what i've read, that's to be expected. i'll see what the rest of this treatment has in store for me.