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No to Accutane

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  1. I appreciate your reply, but his bone age is 19, which is two years past the point of any notable growth. You don't go from growing 3 inches a year to completely done in one year. His growth pattern had been completely normal up until this year and he was projected to be 5'7" based on his growth history and family heights. Please understand my goal is to encourage people to get a BONE AGE TEST before and very shortly after starting treatment. That is the only way to properly understand and m
  2. It certainly is a hard thing to accept, but there are worse things that people overcome. The shame is that it is entirely avoidable and there is no excuse for this to occur. I'm just hoping that more people become aware that this is happening so they can avoid it.
  3. Exactly! People need to understand this is happening to some people and not assume the dermatologist or pediatrician are aware they should monitor it. I assumed that the blood tests and monthly visits were intended to monitor the side effects. Big mistake.
  4. Unfortunately, no. We didn't understand this risk. What I can tell you is that my son tracked in the 15th percentile steadily until the Accutane treatment (he grew about three inches the year prior) and should have ended up somewhere around 5'7" (I'm 5'10"). This is really my whole point. If my son had been determined to have advanced bone age prior to treatment, he never should have been prescribed Accutane until we were certain there was no growth left. Now we'll never know for certai
  5. In reply to Shoot the Pianist - We need to be careful. Reading your reply, I get the idea that we should have had nothing to worry about. Our son was only on for six months, but somehow his bone age advanced years in that time. Obviously, that wasn't our experience and the prevailing opinion that this can't occur under routine circumstances gives people a false sense of security. This is a real problem and it must become standard practice for dermitologists and pediatricians to monitor bone
  6. Thank you. I'm hoping to help get the word out. This is an easy side effect to monitor and quantify and every patient or parent needs to know and insist on the bone age testing. Part of the reason this drug hasn't gone away after all these years is most of the side effects are difficult to quantify or long term. Not the case with bone age, yet Accutane is subscribed without bone age testing. Don't make the same mistake we did and assume that blood tests and iPledge are sufficient to mitigat
  7. No doubt it is documented. What I don't understand is why the don't test for it before and during the treatment. The cost of an xray is minimal, but what can you do once your growth plates have closed? We thought the blood tests and monthly visits with the derm were to monitor such side effects. Please be cautious. Don't assume you won't be affected - have your bone age checked before and very early in the treatment. From what I've read, the premature closure happens very quickly to some p
  8. There are hundreds of technical references when you google "Premature Epiphyseal Closure", in additon to personal references such as mine. Simple fact is my son's bone age advanced years in a matter of months on Accutane. The damage is irreversible and he lost two years of growth as a result (he grew three inches the year before starting Accutane). As my son was tracking on the short side (15th percentile), this was not a risk we would have ever considered. Accutane should not be taken by
  9. This is a very real risk. If you may not have finished growing you should get a bone age x-ray before considering Accutane. I wish I had known this could happen. My 15 1/2 year old son now has a bone age of 19 and has stopped growing well short of his projected height.
  10. Accutane has the real potential to cause Premature Epiphyseal Closure (google it if you want to know more). When this happens, the growth plates in your bones seal up prematurely. This is a very serious risk to patients who haven't finished growing. If you are on Accutante now and haven't finished your expected growth - GET A BONE AGE TEST NOW! My son went on Accutane 3 months before turning 15 (was on for six months). He is now 15 1/2 and his bone age is 19! He stopped growing almost imme
  11. I only wish I'd been warned about this. My son went on Accutane in January. We noticed his growth slowed over the past year, but weren't alarmed since I was still growing until about 19. He is now 15 1/2 and at his annual physical two weeks ago, the pediatrician noticed his growth and requested a wrist x-ray for bone age. The results were a bone age of 19 which was a complete shock. He is 5'3" and won't grow (I am 5'9"). Don't even think about going on Accutane without a wrist x-ray to det