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I Have Taken Accutane

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    Just No

    I started taking accutane when I was in middle school. I had the worst acne ever and I was determined to stop it. In high school I took it again because it flared up again. Yes it does work for a little bit but know what? It's not worth it. AT ALL. Before you take it, do your...
    ihateaccutane ihateaccutane 18-21 Dec 14, 2012

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    Worked Only As Long As I Took It

    My experience with Accutane was both good and bad. It was good because while I took it, it cleared up almost all my acne within a month or so. Additionally, I didn't have any bad side effects with the exception of the very dry lips I had (I was too lazy to put on chapstick...
    CompNerd89 CompNerd89 22-25, M 1 Response Apr 16, 2011

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    Second Time Around

    I took accutane for the first time about 7 years ago. I did go through a depression stage and extremely dry lips. My dr. went down on the dosage. The depression go a little better, but not the dry lip thing. I had to take bactrin for a month because I seem to be getting more...
    chardarlene chardarlene 46-50 2 Responses Jul 12, 2010

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    i took accutane when i was 19

    and it worked wonders for my cystic acne thats the only thing that cleared it up. and i rarely get pumples anymore :) but the down side is i ended up getting stomach ulcers from it and ive been off of it for almost 4years.would i take it again knowing how bad my stomach hurts...
    BrighterDayss BrighterDayss 22-25, M 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    My Story

    I've just finished my 3rd month on Claravis with 3 more to go. My sideeffects now include extreme fatigue, not able to stay awake during the day while not able to sleep at night, sometimes dizzy, lack of concentration and rash on arms. My lab test have also gone for the worse. My...
    Trackstud12 Trackstud12 18-21 1 Response Mar 18, 2013

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    Taking Accutane, The Biggest Mistake Of My Life

    I took accutane for 3 months at 18, and 21 years later am still suffering the side effects. It affected me mentally and physically, whilst some of the mental side effects have lessened, I keep getting more physical problems. It took away my youth, and it has really affected all...
    moonpetals moonpetals 36-40, F Aug 24, 2013

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    My World Turned Upside Down

    Where do I start? Well let me tell you a little about myself before accutane. I am now 42, married and have 2 great kids. I have been self employed for 17 years and lived a great life before Accutane. I loved my life and wouldn't trade it for anything. At the time a dermotogist...
    awsresident awsresident 41-45, M 3 Responses Dec 24, 2009

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    This was originally for an Accutane survivor

    thread/forum. I took Accutane as a senior in High School. I had acne, it was bad, not terrible, but bad. I disliked having acne, but it wasn’t a huge deal to me. My parents seemed to think it was a big deal to me because the offered me the option of trying something called...
    Anon010101 Anon010101 22-25, M 2 Responses Apr 12

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    Worked For Me. But Here's Some Tips.

    During treatment I had was quite tired during the day and found it hard to sleep at night. Overall the treatment worked well. Im acne free except for random pimples that'll come every once in a while. REMEMBER: Its safer males than it is females. Ladies, there's more risk for you...
    Sparky21 Sparky21 16-17 2 Responses Oct 14, 2010

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    It Wasn't Good

    A medicine that fights acne and causes depression is a funny thing because acne itself can be pretty depressive.  I stuck with Accutane because, to me as a 14-year-old, acne was a terrible burden. When the six months were over, there weren't any results in terms of skin...
    Grad Grad 21-25, M 2 Responses Jun 12, 2007

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    Desperate Help Needed

    I took Accutane in 2008-09 and have developed severe stomach/digestive issues.  I have had many tests done and they can't seem to diagnose me.  I can hardly eat anything without pain afterwards.  I'm looking for someone with the same situation so they can advise me of any help...
    acnheatheraaron acnheatheraaron 16-17 2 Responses Apr 23, 2011

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    Accutane....

    About 2 weeks into my Accutane treatment and I'm already seeing results. Never realized how much paperwork and blood tests went into this...however I'm glad I made the decision to proceed with the treatment. I've been told that after about a month...
    jenninthecity00 jenninthecity00 22-25 1 Response May 3, 2009

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    Worked Wonders!

    I never really had any major acne problems, but from 7th grade to about 10th grade, I had what my dermatologist called "stubborn acne." By the time I was in 9th grade, I had literally tried 14 different types of acne medications to try and get rid of this stubborn acne. Plus, it...
    loganblystone loganblystone 18-21 1 Response Feb 13, 2012

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    Wow!

    Accutane is one of the most amazing things ever! It really helped clear up my face... It's been 3 months off though, and I'm starting to break out again... :/ , I really recommend it though, it's a miracle!
    weezyfbaby94 weezyfbaby94 16-17, F 2 Responses May 15, 2010

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    Not Too Impressed...

    I've tried everything to clear up my acne. I've had it since I was 11 and I'm almost 16 now. I have been on numerous medications and treatments but nothings worked. I've had some friends who have been on accutane and they have amazing skin now so when my doctor prescribed it I...
    em4040 em4040 16-17, F 2 Responses Jun 23, 2008

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    My Experience With Accutane

    I still remember that day in 2004 when I got my very first pimple. I was in the 6th grade, and quite honestly I don't really remember it bothering me too much. However, over the next few months my once clear and beautiful skin turned into full blown acne. Of course everyone in my...
    victoria26 victoria26 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 26, 2013

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    The best from my experience helped me to clear

    my acne and scares away in 3 months 😄
    karaforever96 karaforever96 18-21, F Oct 22

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    I'm Still Taking It.

    Actually, I've just started the treatment, 5 weeks ago, and I'm taking the generic, Isotretinoin. I've been searching for groups and journals where I can discuss it with other people that have been through the same treatment or are going through it right now, like me. I've...
    RazorToRosary RazorToRosary 16-17, F 3 Responses Mar 4, 2009

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    Blogging On My Accutane Experience

    This is actually my first week (and very first time too) on Roaccutane (Accutane) and I've also started a blog to record my experience. Hope that everything goes well....... http://roaccutanejourney.wordpress.com
    RoaccutaneJourney RoaccutaneJourney 26-30 2 Responses Jul 23, 2008

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    My Accutane Story :)

    Ever since I was about 11 years old, I've had pimples. In 8th grade, it turned into legitimate acne. My forehead was the worst-- it was bad. Red, irrated, painful-looking skin. It was just horrible. I finally went to a dermatologist after I got the referral at my 13-year-old...
    kjmcke02 kjmcke02 16-17, F 1 Response Nov 18, 2012

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    Accutane.... I feared it

    before I took it. I started accutane when I was 21 because I had hormonal acne. I'll post a before and after picture to this post. The top pictures are before and the bottom ones are after. I had read such horror stories about it but also read some really reassuring stories...
    Catmando05 Catmando05 22-25, F Apr 17

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    Good Or Bad?

    I've been taking accutane for about 26 days now. At first, like in the first 2-3 weeks, my acne had gotten better. Right now though, its getting way worse. I have had acne since I was in fifth grade, only small bumps back then. It has increasingly gotten worse over the years, and...
    sharksteal sharksteal 13-15, F 2 Responses Mar 8, 2012

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