Accutane Journey [Will update every 2 weeks]

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4 month update

Clear skin still but occasionally getting a pimple but thats nothing compared to before, going to stop updating this monthly as my results have been the same since month 2 so i'll update after i come off Accutane and let you know if my acne comes back, currently though i'm loving Accutane and would stay on it my whole life if it means my skin is spot free like this...good luck.
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5 months & 1 week update

Still clear skin, my red marks where actual spots used to be are now fading (accutane makes skin recovery very slow) and what can i say the drug is life changing....i have tried i believe 4 different antibiotics some even two times each, dozens of creams and washes etc and don't even get me started on "natural" stuff and nothing worked, people claim this drug causes all sorts but all i got from it was back pains and dryness that will go once i stop the treatment but either way i'd rather put up with that my whole life than an acne covered face, back, chest etc!

I have a dermatologist appointment today to see how i'm doing still as my last appointment was at 3 months where she gave me the remainder of tablets and stopped my blood tests so i'll see what she says today and will ask her some more questions regarding what happens when i come off just to maybe help people wondering about Accutane etc as i want this journey to be as informative as possible. Tablet wise i have two boxes left which will last me i believe 1 month which means in total my course has lasted 6 months at 40mg for first two months and 60mg for 4 months as thats all my body could handle due to my levels rising too high but everyone's body reacts different.

I will just edit this thread later today after my appointment, just to quickly note again as i have people sending me messages, i am not a dermatologist i'm just a patient who's taking Accutane to treat 6 years of unresponsive acne but the points listed on this journey are what has been told to me by a qualified NHS dermatologist, this is just my journey so people can read it and get answers and see the process of being on Accutane or how to get the ball rolling to even get on Accutane and i just want to help people who was in my position where you're sick of acne and want to try Accutane but don't know how to get on it or whats involved i.e blood tests and i will do my best to answer any questions anyone has.


Update: weird turn of events, i have been bumped up to 80mg now for 7 weeks so i would say my total course now is more like 8 months not 6 months and also my blood tests have resumed.
Good luck!
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I’m currently 3 months into my Accutane journey and couldn’t be having a more opposite experience to you 😔 I’ve had no response to the medication so far, my skin is still breaking out the same and I’m finding the dermatology service a nightmare. I’ve run out of medication and have been trying to get in touch with them for a week to arrange an appointment or some more medication but no ones replying to me. I’m having a really frustrating time with the whole thing. I’ve heard lots of people have good things to say but my personal experience so far with NHS dermatology is the whole ordeal is a waste of time
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(Original post by Anonymous)
I’m currently 3 months into my Accutane journey and couldn’t be having a more opposite experience to you 😔 I’ve had no response to the medication so far, my skin is still breaking out the same and I’m finding the dermatology service a nightmare. I’ve run out of medication and have been trying to get in touch with them for a week to arrange an appointment or some more medication but no ones replying to me. I’m having a really frustrating time with the whole thing. I’ve heard lots of people have good things to say but my personal experience so far with NHS dermatology is the whole ordeal is a waste of time
What is your dosage?
How bad/where is your acne?
Any side effects to hint your body is absorbing the drug?

I find it odd you've ran out of medication....dermatologists have to prescribe you enough tablets to make sure you'll always have enough before they see you again...like my derm prescribed me 3 months worth after my second visit and my visit today 7 weeks worth...i was told that missing a day isn't ideal but okay so if you've missed say a week of dosage that can start reversing your effects meaning it will be like starting it again hence why they have to make sure you never run out while on the course, personally i would go into the hospital and to the pharmacy and explain to them and they'll be able to look on the system and will either ring up to your derm or prescribe you your pills required but if what your saying is true then your derm department is ran very poorly....i would consider going elsewhere or requesting a new derm and explain why, if that fails bite the bullet and go private.

Accutane is a serious drug and not ideally a drug you want to start just to end up stopping not even half way due to missing pills as it just slows down or even stops the progress all together...accutane is slowly changing the way your body works and takes time so thats why once you start you cant really stop, i have never missed a day and wont.
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(Original post by Nick6501)
What is your dosage?
How bad/where is your acne?
Any side effects to hint your body is absorbing the drug?

I find it odd you've ran out of medication....dermatologists have to prescribe you enough tablets to make sure you'll always have enough before they see you again...like my derm prescribed me 3 months worth after my second visit and my visit today 7 weeks worth...i was told that missing a day isn't ideal but okay so if you've missed say a week of dosage that can start reversing your effects meaning it will be like starting it again hence why they have to make sure you never run out while on the course, personally i would go into the hospital and to the pharmacy and explain to them and they'll be able to look on the system and will either ring up to your derm or prescribe you your pills required but if what your saying is true then your derm department is ran very poorly....i would consider going elsewhere or requesting a new derm and explain why, if that fails bite the bullet and go private.

Accutane is a serious drug and not ideally a drug you want to start just to end up stopping not even half way due to missing pills as it just slows down or even stops the progress all together...accutane is slowly changing the way your body works and takes time so thats why once you start you cant really stop, i have never missed a day and wont.
Dosage is 40mg (body weight is 55kg), acne is mild to moderate on cheeks, there’s a hint in that my hair seems less greasy so I don’t need to wash it as regularly but skin and lips remain the same

Honestly I kept ringing and ringing and had to say look, I have one day of medication left so if someone doesn’t call me back to sort this by the end of the day then I’m raising a complaint and I got a call back pretty quickly after that!

It’s shocking 😂
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Dosage is 40mg (body weight is 55kg), acne is mild to moderate on cheeks, there’s a hint in that my hair seems less greasy so I don’t need to wash it as regularly but skin and lips remain the same

Honestly I kept ringing and ringing and had to say look, I have one day of medication left so if someone doesn’t call me back to sort this by the end of the day then I’m raising a complaint and I got a call back pretty quickly after that!

It’s shocking 😂
What dose did you start on? 40mg is quite high for your weight actually as i was on 40mg for i believe two months maybe three and i weigh something like 78kg at the time, does sound like you have deep standing acne meaning accutane has to push all of that out your skin which sadly takes time, is the only side effect your hair being less greasy? hm its hard to tell but i would say your body is just slow at responding to the treatment and your deep standing acne is slowing process even more so i would give it time.

Thats good so have they written you a new prescription? i would still change derm if you can as when on a drug like accutane you dont want step backs like that, seems some people absorb and respond fast to acctuane as i had clear skin by end of month 2 and still do where as some dont even see any change until the very end or until they actually come off as accutane keeps working for months after your last pill.
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What dose did you start on? 40mg is quite high for your weight actually as i was on 40mg for i believe two months maybe three and i weigh something like 78kg at the time, does sound like you have deep standing acne meaning accutane has to push all of that out your skin which sadly takes time, is the only side effect your hair being less greasy? hm its hard to tell but i would say your body is just slow at responding to the treatment and your deep standing acne is slowing process even more so i would give it time.

Thats good so have they written you a new prescription? i would still change derm if you can as when on a drug like accutane you dont want step backs like that, seems some people absorb and respond fast to acctuane as i had clear skin by end of month 2 and still do where as some dont even see any change until the very end or until they actually come off as accutane keeps working for months after your last pill.
Started wayyyyy down on 10! They’ve actually put me up to 60mg as of today which is high so we’ll see how that goes. I spent 2 months on 10-20 mg so it may be that not enough has accumulated in my body? Accutane is the best option I have though so I’ll keep trying 😂
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Started wayyyyy down on 10! They’ve actually put me up to 60mg as of today which is high so we’ll see how that goes. I spent 2 months on 10-20 mg so it may be that not enough has accumulated in my body? Accutane is the best option I have though so I’ll keep trying 😂
Ohh okay yeah at 10mg i cant imagine that doing much as Accutane needs to be a dosage that meets your weight but they start people low to see how you respond, i would say give it 6 months and if nothing is happening then its a cause for concern but for now its a case of waiting sadly, from what i have heard your body needs a total mg before coming off so your acne wont come back like depending on your weight you need a certain amount total at the end of your course so as long as yours is below that you wont really see benefits but now you're on 60mg i would imagine you'll see results fairly quickly now and your course might even end quicker.
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