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Hi all!

I've decided to blog my journey with Accutane. I hope it may help another lost, or curious acne sufferer like myself. I'm not the typical age of an Accutane user (51), and I am afraid of all the listed possible side effects, not really knowing what to expect, but I've begun to scar after so many years of topical treatments, I'm at my wit's end! My doc says she'll only let me try one round of Accutane, and that most likely, my acne will return (due to my age, and such a long history) but, I'm hoping maybe I'll be that lucky 'one' who doesn't get it back, or possibly just not as severe. It has affected me personally, socially, and professionally. I was a flight attendant for years, and very self-conscious about my skin. I'm now in sales. I have always taken excellent care of my skin, but have never managed to get a handle on my acne, which has been sooo completely frustrating.

So, here goes, -a last resort.

I began today, with one 40mg/day of Claravis (generic Accutane). I'm told that at one 40mg/day, I'll need to take it for 6 mos, to reach my goal "cumulative" dose, which is based on my weight. My cost for a 5-week supply with ins, was $10.00. I took my first pill earlier this evening, with my largest meal of the day.

Some stats:
Female, age 51
5'6"
120lbs
Hysterectomy (kept ovaries)
I suffer from: Cysts, whiteheads and blackheads on chin, (occasionally around my nose) -for 36 years. I have blackheads on my nose. Over the years, I've tried Doxy, Mino, Spironolactone, BC pills, Retin-A, Renova, Aczone cream, supplements, flush-free niacin, and every topical out there, with no long term success. (I had side effects on Spiro after 2 days, so I really can't comment on it's effectiveness).

I was told the first side effect I'll see are dry lips (right away). Then in a few days, possible headaches. Then dry, peely skin. Of course I'll get monthly blood work to check liver, chol, tri's etc.. I had read studies, and requested low dose accutane (for a longer period of time), but my doc wouldn't do that. (I wanted to try 20mg/day for maybe 8 mos, to minimize side effects).

I feel such compassion for acne sufferers. There is such an emotional toll.

Best wishes to everyone out there-





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