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Accutane (isotretinoin) for Acne: I first took this medicine in high school and was only on it for 2 months because the side effects were so bad. Now, approx. 4 years later, I've now been on it for 4 months. My side effects are much reduced. I have experienced dry, peeling lips and dry eyes. Suspension for 1-2 weeks allowed my lips to heal and I resumed the medication. This occurred about 3 months in. After 2 months, after much debate, I did get a tattoo which healed beautifully, quickly, and with no color degradation.
I highly recommend this medicine only if you have consistently struggled with acne and no other medicine has worked. Some side effects you just have to tolerate.
Review by Anonymous (taken for 6 months to 1 year):
Accutane (isotretinoin) for Acne: I had to rate Accutane highly, as it did exactly as advertised. I lived with chronic cystic acne for most of my teenage years, and went on Accutane at 20. Six months of treatment, and my acne was gone. I'm 37 now, and have not experienced any long term side effects other than having my acne cured. I tried many medicines to treat the condition, but this one flat-out cured it. I would not have thought it possible.
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Accutane (isotretinoin) for Acne: Accutane works. I've had cystic acne since I was a teen, and tried nearly every medicine. Acne went away but came right back after a few months taking antibiotics. Tried every topical cream I could find (prescribed or OTC), and all they did was dry my face out without fixing the problem. I will say that Retin-A helped a little bit (made it at least manageable with a good brand of makeup). Acne got much worse as a young adult (painful, deep, multiple cysts) and finally got prescribed Accutane. I've been taking it for a couple of weeks and already noticing a huge difference in my face. I don't get big painful cysts anymore, and while my lips are really dry, I've had no issues wearing contacts. I swear by Carmex lip balm!
Review by Grumpling66 (taken for 6 months to 1 year):
Accutane (isotretinoin) for Acne: Despite the high cost and the side effects - fantastic. Struggled through teens and then nothing until I hit 40! Suddenly, terrible facial and body acne again. Had to go for private treatment as the UK NHS would not cover the cost but, so worth the cost. Some discomfort, very dry lips, some nose bleeds due to dryness, joint pain in knees and back, hair thin and brittle but no lasting effects at all and would not hesitate to do it again if required. It works. My skin is better now than it has ever been.
Review by Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month):
Accutane (isotretinoin) for Acne: When I was 16 I went on it for only a month, though I was prescribed for 9, on 80mg a day. I don't like, and regret a lot. While I was on it I averaged 1-2 nosebleeds a day, sore lips, soreness, blah blah, but that doesn't really bother me that much, but for the first month after the medication, I could NOT get an erection, just like that. No sex drive. I'm back to 50 percent now, but it won't go up anymore.
Accutane (isotretinoin) for Acne: I have been on this for 3 months now and have noticed a massive improvement of my acne. The acne on my back is practically non existent and the amount on my face has dramatically improved. I got lots of comments today saying how face has cleared up since I last saw these people 2 weeks ago. I now have much less acne on my face and it expected to all be gone in 3 more months forever. I am currently on 60mg a day one at morning and 2 at night and I am a 15 year old female. I have had some back pain when I play my weekly sport and dry lips but that is all the side effects I have had.
Accutane (isotretinoin) for Acne: I had an amazing experience with Accutane. I did it completely by the book. No alcohol, no unprotected sun exposure, no unprotected intercourse, healthy diet and exercise, and a lot of due diligence . If you're going to go on this medicine, you need to be ready to give up some of your normal routines in order to truly get the best results. If you're not willing to give those things up, you're not ready for Accutane. Be prepared for difficulty in bowel movements towards the end of the treatment - it can be quite painful and can cause small hemorrhages, which (for me) will go away once treatment has stopped. All things considered, I would absolutely recommend this to anyone who is 100% ready to start the treatment.
Accutane (isotretinoin) for Acne: I have just begun on the Accutane treatment and am already drying out. I don't have very severe acne but no other treatments seem to be doing anything. I'm very careful to take especially good care of my skin and my body while on this treatment! Always have some sort of moisturizer on me, always lots of water, something to stop my lips from getting dry. I think its working already.
Accutane (isotretinoin) for Rosacea: After years of dealing with a red bumpy itchy burning face, this was the only medicine that cleared my face totally. Apart from some drier skin I had no other side effects. I gradually was able to wean off them and don't really think I was on it for long at all.
Accutane (isotretinoin) for Acne: Well, it worked well for me. I took it back in the early 90's as a young teenager with moderate acne. The side effects are bad though, really bad. My skin was so dry, as were my lips and scalp. I was sick, had a lot of pain and anxiety and then depression. I took a 6 month course and it was recommended that I take a second about a year later but I couldn't face the idea of the side effects. It did, however, do miracles for my skin, it has remained clear some 20 yrs later.
Accutane (isotretinoin) for Acne: Took Accutane my sophomore year of college for 6 months, and now, 2 1/2 years later, I am still acne free. My skin is no longer oily and I will get the occasional, non-inflamed pimple, but that is it! The only side effects I had were dry skin, dry lips, and occasional eczema on top of my hands (which was completely fixed by Aquaphor). I was completely clear on Accutane after 2 months so the remaining 4 months was a breeze. I had acne on my chest and back and since then I have had NOTHING on my chest and back, ever. This medicine really, really works, and its the only thing out there that worked for me after trying just about everything. It's not worth it to wait and see if other things work, just try it, it's a miracle.
Accutane (isotretinoin) for Acne: You will read all the bad things about Accutane, but the bottom line is IT WORKS! I had horrible painful acne in my early 20's, that lasted through my 30's. It was depressing, I avoided picture taking all together. Yes the side effects can be bothersome, but it is temporary and if you plan ahead and purchase a tub of Aquaphor you can deal with it.
Accutane (isotretinoin): Had bad acne on my face and back and had tried everything, topical products just irritated my skin and gave it a rash and made acne worse. Switched to oral pills that didn't help at all either until I tried Accutane. I was nervous to try it at first due to all the side effects but so glad I did. I felt no side effects and my skin is all clear. Have been using very low dose and only taking it every other day and it still works wonders. On my 4th package and have no complaints other than I find it doesn't work as good if I take with milk.
Accutane (isotretinoin) for Acne: I had severe body acne from the time I was 12 to now (15). Nothing would get rid of it. I've tried everything from Proactive to pills. My doctor put me on Accutane. After about 4 weeks, I can say that my face looks more like skin and not a pizza, and my back is smooth. I'm not embarrassed to wear tank tops anymore! If you can, I would say on the pills. They will really change your life. But keep in mind it will get worse before it gets any better.
Accutane (isotretinoin) for Acne: TAKE THIS AS A FIRST-HAND EXPERIENCE. I'm a 14 year old girl. My acne used to be absolutely dreadful; severe, and awful. Now I feel beautiful. My before and after pictures are astounding. My skin is as smooth as glass now, and the side effects were completely worth it. I have naturally dry skin. Accutane made it worse, yes. But now that I'm done, my skin is completely fine, and my face...goodness. Life changing. Please--go on Accutane.
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Accutane (isotretinoin) for Acne: Don't let the bad review deter you. I was a teenage with very bad acne: on my face, on my back and I couldn't do anything without being self-concious.
I tried everything from topical creams to oral meds like doxycycline to stuff like Proactiv. NOTHING WORKED.
When my doctor suggested that I get on Accutane I was hesitant. I had to take a pregnancy test among other tests every month. But I agreed.
Yes I did have extremely dry skin, and severly dried lips. but honestly...when you have severe acne that is nothing in comparison.
Now I'm 22 and my skin is CLEAR! My back is completely CLEAR! Its a miracle.
If you have acne you HAVE to try Accutane.
Accutane (isotretinoin) for Acne: I started taking Accutane about 1 month ago and my big stick out zits have gone flat. Although I still have a lot of red spots my face it is for the most part completely smooth. I would recommend this product to anyone who's tried everything and hasn't gotten an effective treatment. I'm a 14 year old boy and I've been dealing with acne for 5 years. Nothing helped. I tried so many different topical, oral and store bought products its crazy! I know how depressing it is to have acne in middle school and I'm so thankful I found this before high school. But even with a great product comes a down side, such as chapped lips, dry eyes, dry skin, irritability, and depression. Other than that I'm in love with Accutane!
Accutane (isotretinoin) for Acne: By far the most effective medicine for treating complex acne. It is my opinion that taking Accutane and dealing with the minor side effects is less damaging than the stress and social fear and depression from acne. Just do it and get on with your life!
Accutane (isotretinoin) for Acne: My acne reached it's worst when I was a sophomore in high school. When I went to the dermatologist I was given Accutane and immediately went online to read reviews on the medicine. Almost every review I read said that it was ineffective with awful side effects and I almost didn't fill my prescription because of it. However, I will tell you that it was honestly the BEST thing that ever happened to me. It worked incredibly well with lasting results. It was literally a miracle. Of course I experienced some side effects such as back pain, slight hair loss, VERY dry skin and lips, but six months of mild discomfort was definitely worth beautiful skin. I highly recommend it!
Accutane (isotretinoin) for Acne: I've had acne since I was 14. It was really bad in high school. It slowed down in my early 20's as I used Proactiv daily. In my mid 20's I started developing nodular acne which felt like pencil erasers under my skin on my face, back and chest. After nothing worked I started taking Accutane back in 2004 and took it for 6 months. I experienced redness in the face and flushing the first month. My lips were severely chapped but using Aquaphor helped with that. Everything was going great until my last month of taking the one a day pill. Some nights I would wake up in the middle of the night sit up on the bed and have no idea where I was at. I would come to my senses after a few seconds but it was definitely a scary feeling every time it happened.
Accutane (isotretinoin) for Acne: I'm eighteen, and I've had bad acne for all of my life; constant zits around my mouth, on my chin and forehead, and lots of blackheads on my nose, and my skin type was really frustrating; oily and greasy, yet dry all the time. Wash your face with water as hot as you can stand it for a while, or try steaming it, then slap some of the Lady Soma "Antioxidant Berry Masque"; it's incredible.
It will dry on your skin; then wash it off. If you have red irritating pimples, you'll notice a change overnight; and if you use it every night, your skin will rock. The cool thing is, Accutane also shrinks and minimizes the little pocks that zits leave in your face; I used to have them really bad under my eyes, they're almost non-existant now.
Accutane (isotretinoin) for Acne: This is my honest experience. I convinced myself that I would take the medicine and the moment I should notice side effects I would stop. While on Accutane, the worst the side effects got were chapped lips, dry skin on my hands and elbows, and sensitivity to sunburns (never had a sun burn in my life before then). Accutane worked like a charm and my skin became perfect, but it wasn't until two years after coming off it did my hair start to thin.
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