such as crohns disease and liver damage
2 Dec 2012
I didn't take accutane, but my husband did. In 1986 he was put on an extremely heavy dose for 1 1/2 years, and then in 1989 put on another regimen for 6 months. He is now 41 years old and experiences side effects like he's still taking the drug. He has gastrointestinal issues, dry skin, heart issues, etc., and still experiences cystic acne outbreaks. As someone else said, everyone is different and everyone reacts to the drug differently. I don't know if they've modified the formula since it's introduction in the 80's, but if you're considering taking the drug, be informed and know the side effects have the potential to last the rest of your life.
7 Mar 2011
Hi: I took Accutane in the mid-80s, and for me, it was a wonder drug! I had cystic acne on my face, chest and back, plus scalp so oily that I had to wash my hair every day! Yes it DID raise my lipids, and I had blood tests every month. I don't remember being put on a maintenance dose, but then that was a long time ago... When I finished, my skin was/is great. My skin normalized and, at age 63, it is still not dry or wrinkled (but then I was also on Retin-A for years, prior to the Accutane). I have not had any liver problems; however, I have developed auto-immune issues with my adrenals and thyroid--I have no idea if there is any connection--has anyone else had this happen to them?
22 Jul 2010
i have had this drug and its been constant problem since taking it, i was told before i took it that their was a manitanence dose to go on after the 4 month full course i came off after 4 months and did not go on the maintanece dose and its not mentioned on the drug info i was told verbally and did not say anything more of it. and all of what the drug did improvment wise reversed and i ended up with a more extreme untochable version of acne now where i cant use anything else. so beware of the information this drug is given to you as the drs refused to see me after i came off it saying it does not reverse its so called improvments
27 Nov 2011
I took Accutane 25 years ago and am now looking into it for my son. The only side affect I think I have is the inside of my nose is dry because it shrinks the oil glands. The only health problems I have ever had is allergies (which I had before), arthritis, headaches, and infertility (which now I hear may have been caused by the antibiodics I took for the acne.) Accutane helped a lot for years and then I had frequent mild outbreaks, but never as bad as before I took accutane. I was afraid I would be wrinkly as I got older, but I am told I look younger than my 51 years. Everyone is different though and liver problems especially are affected by other drugs or alcohol use. I only drink occasionally and stay away from other prescribed drugs that can cause liver problems.
- Accutane Information for Consumers
- Accutane Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Accutane (detailed)
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