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About Andrewb

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  1. Not immediately, no. But eventually? Probably. They have certainly set it up so that they can pull it as soon as they decide that even their Big Brother program doesn't lead to zero exposed pregnancies.. I really don't understand this "set it up" argument, as if the FDA has some kind of hidden agenda. The fact is that if they wanted to pull the drug they would have done it yesterday. Believe it or not pulling drugs off the market isnt the FDA's only job. They also do things like evaluate
  2. Lifesux, it doesnt work that way. The Accutane doesnt affect the sperm and the egg, it has to do with the effect of continuous doses on the fetus during developement. I dont believe that the new regs are excessive, nor do I think that Accutane will get pulled anytime soon. They are there to address a very real issue with this drug. Of all the serious disorders that accutane supposedly causes, birth defects is the one that has actually been proven. In my opinion they should do everything possib
  3. I agree. The total dosage is very important for achieving lasting remission. Studies have shown there is a direct relation between total dosage and long-term effects. A daily dosage of 1.0mg/kg is preferred, and more is recommended for very serious cases. A total dosage of 125-150 mg/kg is usually the preferred range (it varies from doctor to doctor). If you are somewhere in that range you should be good, unless you are an extraordinary case.
  4. I will not say that it hasn't been tried before. It has, but not on long-term basis, and not in a controlled study. The only instances I have read about were where doctors used low-dose accutane as a means of temporary treatment in order to suppress bacteria resistance so they could later return the patient to antiobiotics or some other form of treatment. It has also been used to help reduce the initial side-effects of a susequent full-strength Accutane course.
  5. This is part of it, but for the most part the reduction in oil production is temporary. After you stop taking the medication the functioning of the sebaceous glands usually returns to normal. The reason for the long-term effects arent entirely known but it is agreed that Accutane changes the process of DNA transcription in skin cells. In other words, the new cells that your skin creates to replace the dead ones will have a different genetic makeup. This possibly explains why it takes several mon
  6. I'm all ears. Provide the studies as proof and I'll change my tone.
  7. I had to reply to this post. If this is really how you feel I would say that you have some other issues besides your acne. You need to look at this Accutane course as just another obstacle you have to overcome to reach your goals. The need to find in yourself the discipline to not worry about the initial breakout from the Accutane and focus your attention on other things. The initial breakout period won't be that long, probably a month at the most. Do you really think that you can't handle t
  8. Ive got some news for you that completely solves your dilemma: Nobody cares about your acne. Not your teachers, not your fellow group members... not anyone but yourself. Admittedly the girls probably won't be flocking to you during a major breakout, but thats not why you're in class anyway. Everyone there is there for the same reason you are...to get a good grade and pass the class. They arent going to care if they are sitting next to or working with someone with bad acne. Chances are they a
  9. There is no evidence to support the effectiveness of Accutane as a long-term drug. It has been established that higher doses at the prescribed period of 15-20 weeks are more effective at preventing reoccurance of acne. Take the drug as its intended. I don't understand why people think they know more than the doctors who created and prescribe this drug.
  10. Hensiku, There is a chance that it will come back, but if you use an adequate dose and stay on the medication long enough the chances are very high that you will not have a problem again. The stats say that about 30% have recurring acne after one treatment, but what they don't say is that the acne is usually nowhere near as bad as it was before treatment. So, even if your acne does come back, it will not be anywhere near what it was before. That alone makes it worth the financial risk in my opi
  11. Give it a week or two. By then I promise you you won't be complaining. You'll be back here asking which moisturizer to use!
  12. MILK IS GOOD. IT helps dissolve it better because milk have vitamin D in it and it works well with Vitamin A (accutane) my doctors said take it with milk. Plus i feel better when I do that and it coats your stomach well. I concur. Its the fat in the milk that helps dissolve the medication. The vitamin D may have an effect as well, but I havent read anything about that. (from NIH website)
  13. I though I'd resurrect this thread since I came across this article on pubmed that relates to this topic. You can only read the abstract for free, but basically what is says is that not only does alcohol inhibit the uptake of vitamin A (which we all know has a direct effect on acne and other skin problems), but it also breaks down current retinol stores. To top it all off, alchohol increases the potential toxic effects of vitamin A intake, which are usually only a problem when excessive amount
  14. I agree with what Antony is saying. Killing the bacteria in acne is essentially treating the symptom of the disease; not the cause. I think a much better approach is deal with acne at its root by preventing the pores from getting clogged in the first place. This is why I am such a big fan of Accutane and topical retinoids and why my antibacterial creams rarely get used. The way dermatologists continue to prescribe antibiotics with the same inevitable result (ie the acne becomes resistant) really