Also known as: Absorica, Accutane, Amnesteem, Claravis, Myorisan, Sotret, Zenatane
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Accutane (isotretinoin) for Acne: Accutane has changed my life! I suffered from acne from the age of 14, and now I am almost 19. I started Accutane 5 months ago, and I have one month left on it. The first month on Accutane my acne started to clear up slightly. The 2nd, 3rd, and beginning of the 4th month are the most frustrating times on this medicine. My skin started to break out a lot, and I saw no improvement. I am now on my 5th month of Accutane and my skin is perfectly clear. I have no break outs, and my skin is so smooth. I never thought I would have perfect skin, but thanks to Accutane I do. The only side effects I experienced was dry lips, so I always carry a lip moisturizer on me! I am so thankful for this medicine.
Claravis (isotretinoin) for Acne: Just want to say that Claravis worked (40mg/2x/day). The dry lips were horrid and the first few months I hid out, but the end was totally worth it. To prevent other side effects, my doctor told me to drink 60 FL oz of electrolyte drink (i.e. Gatorade, Powerade, Smart Water). Good luck!
Claravis (isotretinoin) for Acne: Before starting Accutane, I read through reviews online and I got to say... most of them scared the poo out of me. Intense side effects & bad reviews. But let me tell you, I have been on 40mg for 2 months once a day, then 40mg twice a day for another 2 months & it is a miracle. My face has cleared up so much; I am so grateful for this medicine. Yes, there are side effect my lips have never been this chapped in my life, my skin is very dry and I've had minimum 12 nose bleeds (pre Accutane - never had one before in my life). I do have a month or maybe two-three left on it my nurse said, but I believe it is all worth it. I have never experienced any horrible body aches or any of the other horror stories. Stick with it till the end!!
isotretinoin for Acne: I started getting acne after 27 yrs of age i.e., after my kids were born. As I started getting many breakouts I was worried and depressed. I tried many other medicines but the real change happened when I started on with isotretinoin... the doctor prescribed me with 10mg twice a day in the first month but as two weeks passed on, many other severe acne popped out from no where. I was totally worried but I did not stop the medicine and continued having it. After about 3 months there were few changes, even my dosage was increased but I was still getting acne in the 4th month. Also I still didnt lose hope and continued with the medication as prescribed by the doc. Now it's 8th month and all the acne has cleared, only a few marks remain.
Accutane (isotretinoin) for Acne: I took accutane for 1 year, and my skin became completely clear. However, after being off for 1 year now, i've noticed my pimples are coming back again, but at the same time, they're not half as bad before I took accutane. I would definitely recommend accutane to anyone who is suffering extreme acne on their face, because there are a lot of side effects, like dry lips, skin, eyes and mouth. If you notice your pimples are coming back after Accutane, I would recommend tropical creams to take away small pimples, or off the shelf products like Clinique.
Review by Corporal Saenz USMC (taken for 10 years or more):
Accutane (isotretinoin) for Acne: 1995-1996 I was in 40mg is Accutane while stationed in Okinawa, Japan. I was a Go getter soldier, but being on light duty 24/7 due to sun exposure I suddenly became depressed. I carried my depression out to civilian world when I left. Depression developed anxiety. My facial sweating was and still is profusive.. I'm 38 yrs old the oldest grandchild of 54 grand kids and the only one without a child of my own, I blame Accutane. I'm have 10% service connected tinnitus from use. And I just found out last month that I have glaucoma stemmed from the Occular opacities from use of Accutane. Been bloated ever since I left service in 1997, we are 2013. I esophagitis been scoped 21 times also colonoscopy at age 27
Claravis (isotretinoin) for Acne: I was this drug for 6 months, the process was horrible. I had dry skin, muscle aches, and the worst thing, no visible improvement. The very last month I noticed my skin was a little more clear than usual, but still not acne free. Then in the last week of my medication I cleared up and after I stopped the medication I was pimple free. It has been a year now and I hardly EVER have a pimple! I went from severe acne to nothing! Stick with it till the end! Your self confidence will thank you in the future.
Accutane (isotretinoin) for Acne: I had heard that so many people had success with accutane, and I especially saw the success my cousin had with it, so I was really excited. The first month I took it all the skin peeled off on my lips, and face, and I had to stop wearing contacts because it dried my eyes so bad and it made my acne the worst it's ever been. I felt awful about myself. I constantly tried to fix my hair so that it would cover my face and do anything to avoid going out in public. I looked awful. Accutane did this to me until the last month I was on it and then my face was semi clear, but once I stopped it my acne came back the same. 1 month of decent skin!? :'( Only thing that helps me control acne is SULFER *Pomada de Azufre* bought at Walgreens.
Accutane (isotretinoin) for Acne: I was on accutane for six months and I couldn't believe how clear my skin got just in two weeks. I never had the begining breakout. Over the months almost all of my acne was gone. I used to have over a hundred bumps on my forehead and big puffy ones on my cheeks. I am now done the treatment and still have blackheads and scars on my cheeks and I'm disappointed they didn't go away because it was such an expensive hassle to go each month for appointments and blood work and making sure you pick it up in the time frame. The side effects were severe chapped lips, nose bleeds, and depression. That was the worst but I went through it and it all goes away.
Claravis (isotretinoin) for Acne: I've been on claravis 60mg a day (30 mg twice daily) for almost 3 months now. I've seen some great improvement but I really expected to be completely clear by now. However I just read that you're supposed to take this pill with food and I haven't been doing that. Symptoms are horrible. Worst muscle aches I've ever had in my life and my lips are so dry putting on Carmex every 10 seconds still barely helps. I used to have beautiful long shiny hair and now my hair is extremely stringy and brittle and I can only wash it once a week. I always feel sick and dehydrated and no amount of water I drink helps. Also my skin is a really weird texture. Headaches so bad sometimes I can't even see straight. Im trying so hard to stick it out but well see
Claravis (isotretinoin) for Acne: I've had moderate, treatment resistant acne since I was about 14. I am now 21 and I started Claravis 14 weeks ago. I noticed my breakouts have been slightly worse for these first few months and I breakout around my mouth particularly bad and it looks like herpes and it's very embarrassing. However my back/chest are completely clear (they had mild acne before) and my cheeks have been clearer than usual. I'm hoping the pimples on my mouth will go away soon.
Amnesteem (isotretinoin) for Acne: I took this in my sophomore year in high school since I was suffering with severe acne all over my face, chest and back. Astonishingly, it cleared it all up within the second month. I felt great but got a call from my doctor saying that I should immediately get off this medication because my Liver Function Tests sky rocketed. It was very scary but my liver eventually recovered. A year later my acne came back, and came back hard. It was hard to go to school and I had bad cystic acne. I talked to my doctor and decided to go back on. I am now two months into the medication again and seem to be having a lot more side effects. I'm still experiencing bad acne with redness but I know it will clear up sometime. As for the liver, every things fine so far.
Accutane (isotretinoin) for Rosacea: I took Accutane about 10 years ago, it was a pain to go to the lab every month so I could get my prescription but it was worth it. My skin was so bumpy and inflammed that at some points my eyes would be swollen shut from the massive bumps on my cheeks. I only took Accutane for about 3 months and I have been mostly clear since. I have only had about 2 large rosacea related cysts since and they were 1/4 the size and didn't have the pain that just made you want to cry. I'm still on other medications as it didn't completely clear up my rosacea acne but it was 80% better and I couldn't be happier that I no longer suffer from the pain of the cysts.
Accutane (isotretinoin) for Acne: I'm 16 years old and have suffered from acne since 7th grade, my acne got incredibly worse starting my sophomore year. I am now a junior and I am currently starting my third week on Accutane. The side effects are pretty obvious to me. I've had many nose bleeds, some crying spells, its hard to use contacts because my eyes get so dry, chapped lips,(Aquaphor gets the job done), back pain, dry skin but its all worth a flawless face. I noticed a difference in my skin within the first week. I'm very oily & usually by the end of the day in school you can tell and now my face remains dry ALL day, so does my hair. I love it & I love how everything is turning out. I definitely recommend it to anyone who truly suffers emotionally and physically.
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isotretinoin for Acne: Yes, it works but...
I am 31 yo Hispanic/Latin female. Had very large deep painful cystic acne on my upper neck, jawline, and cheekbones. It was pretty severe and began around age 29. I had always struggled with acne but not to that extent. I went on this medication after trying just about everything and seeing many doctors.
It is very harsh and traumatic for the body. I experienced anxiety and mild depression. I do not recommend this if your acne is not severe. I experienced 10 large cysts at a time, all the time, and worse during PMS. I started seeing less cysts after about 1 month and in month 3 it was drastically improved. It has been about 6 months since my last pill & not 1 pimple.
isotretinoin for Acne: I've had acne since I was an early teen. Large pores, and blackheads that seemed to always be clogged. It seemed like 99% of products I tried would end up with me having a major breakout. I dealt with it and tried just about everything you can imagine, antibiotics short and long term, Retin-A, mineral makeups, tanning, all sorts of birth controls, etc. My acne was fairly severe but seemed to decrease slightly when I moved to Arizona (climate maybe). After 2 kids my skin changed from pimples to cystic acne and nothing changed it. After the first month of Accutane I noticed a huge change. At 3 months my pores seem to be smaller and problem pores are cleared up. I'm excited for my final result. I can finally use products, and makeups!
Accutane (isotretinoin) for Acne: Changed my life. Had terrible acne all through middle school and most tretinoin creams and tetracycline medication did nothing. Although hearing from my dermatologist all of the side effects, etc., it was all worth it. My self confidence and happiness with myself has been all worth it!
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Review by Shaz of Brampton (taken for 1 to 6 months):
Accutane (isotretinoin) for Acne: I highly recommend this treatment. I had my second child at 33yrs & for the next two years spent too much money fighting the worst breakouts I'd ever had in my life. I was at the point where I would not go out because I hated the acne marks. My doctor told me I was a good candidate for Accutane & after consulting friends who had taken it in their teen years I decided to take the treatment. No Regrets! It is not an easy process. Treatment was for 6 months. My skin and lips peeled after the first month up to the 5th and they were very sensitive to the sun. It felt raw. My joints were very tight when I woke up in the morning (like arthritis). But Worth every Discomfort. Treatment ended Oct 2011 and have been Breakout Free for the last 2 years.
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Accutane (isotretinoin) for Acne: My acne was severe before Accutane. I was at the point where I wouldn't leave the house, I had no social life, it was so horrendous it was emotionally awful and physically painful too, I felt suicidal it was that bad I felt like a monster, tried so many ways to get rid of my acne from the age of 13, nothing worked. It just got worse, turned cystic and then when I turned 21 I decided to take the plunge and go for Accutane, not joking the first 2 months were hell and I felt like giving up, but I carried it on and yeah the side effects like dry skin and lips were bad and I was moody but all I regret is not taking it sooner, my skin is perfect now and glows. I look like a different person, I'd advise this 100%.
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Accutane (isotretinoin) for Acne: DON'T BE PUT OFF BY A BAD REVIEW! I took Accutane when I was 18, I held off taking it for a while as of all of the reviews. Me and my friend were both on it, she suffered with the dry skin and nose bleeds but its no where near as bad as it sounds. I never even noticed her dry skin and if you're good and slap moisturizer on you'll be fine! I threatened about the dry skin and I tell you I didn't have one side effect I just remember loving life! No more make up sliding off my face due to oiliness either. The side effects depend on your dose I was on 30mg but my friend was on 80mg and had side effects. You can take a lower dose but you'll be on the treatment for longer as you're given a certain amount depending on your weight.
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Review by kaylazomglions45 (taken for 1 to 6 months):
Accutane (isotretinoin) for Acne: I had acne since 6th grade! I started treating it while I was in 9th grade. I have gone to three different dermatologists and tried everything. Starting with the face wash, then gel, than a paste, then Yaz then both, then up the dosage...nothing worked.
Finally I got a referral to see a dermatologist to get Accutane. The first three months no big difference. Its about my 4th or 5th month and I have no pimples. I started out with 40mg 1xday then upped the dosage to 40mg every other day i.e. 80mg every other day.
Best thing I've ever done.
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Review by Anonymous (taken for 6 months to 1 year):
isotretinoin for Acne: I've had acne since I was 11. Nothing my doctor prescribed had any effect on my skin so I started my course of isotretinoin when I was 17. In short, it gets worse before it gets better. My skin only started improving in the last month of my course. I still have acne but it's not nearly as bad (and with my newly vamped up skincare routine it's getting better daily).
As with most acne treatments, it was pretty drying (you'll need a good moisturizer and lip balm) but it's nothing permanent. I didn't find the pregnancy/blood tests a hassle either, at this point I was willing to do anything to sort out my skin. I think it was totally worth it! If, like me, you've had acne for years and years, it's definitely worth a try!
Accutane (isotretinoin) for Acne: I had acne towards the end of middle school going into high school and by my sophomore year it was really a full blown problem. My cheeks and my forehead and almost every part of my face was covered in acne. After trying antibiotics and creams for 2 years I was recommended Accutane. The first 4 months I did not see that much in results but when the 5th month hit it was intense. My face cleared up right away and I look like a completely different person! It was amazing. There were downsides though, the depression that it causes is real. I have been off the medication now for 3 1/2 years with my skin still looking great.
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