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So im new here, and Im sure this has been brought up plenty of times by plenty of people. But my doctor has now turned to the last resort for my acne: accutane. My acne really isn't severe, I mean its annoying but why wouldn't it be. I have blackheads in my nose as well, and other than the actual pimples/acne spots, i have random just blotchy red blemishes.

But anyway, I've heard so many things about accutane that have scared me so much. All of this stuff about permanent decreased vision, joint pains, depression, decreased hearing, etc. Well for one, is that stuff permanent? I assumed they were.

Anyway, I just need some input here...do I need to be scared? Is it worth taking if I'm 18 years old and my acne isn't extremely severe? Are the side effects that terrible? I mean I can live with chapped lips but the others are scaring me.

And another thing, I'm going to be starting college in the fall and its summer anyway, so being a teenager I do like to party and drink (not like every night of the week or anything, but a normal amount for a teen). Does it affect anything to drink while on accutane?
I was given the choice of accutane about 25 years ago. I didn't have a total mess but had persistant acne cysts (and general acne) that would pop up every 3-6 months that would have to have injections. I went back and forth about whether to take it or not. I just did not have a good feeling about it so opted not to. Did I regret my decision? Hard to say. There were times I didn't leave the house because I had a bad cyst and was swollen up, really bad icky stuff. But could I have been one in 1,000 with permanent side effects? Could have been. Finally at the age of 50 I haven't had many big problems. Maybe I would have had a kidney transplant by now if I had taken it. Who knows. It is a personal decision. But if your acne isn't severe I would opt out if I were you, just to be safe. Twenty years ago most Derm. wouldn't prescribe it unless it was a severe case and nothing else worked. It seems Dr.s now too quickly, in my opinion, prescribe this stuff.





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