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Have You Ever Taken Accutane?

Recently, another member of Team Bella and I were chatting about how each of our dermatologists had prescribed different brands of tretinoin and oral antibiotics to treat our moderate acne. We also discussed the fact that each of our doctors had also mentioned that if our pimples did not seem to clear up with our almost-identical treatments, we might want to consider Accutane.

I'd always considered the controversial drug as a treatment for severe cases only, but according to my derm, it can actually work quite well for those with moderate forms of acne. However, according to the manufacturer's website, "Accutane is used to treat a type of severe acne (nodular acne) that has not been helped by other treatments, including antibiotics."

While the drug has been linked to depression, suicidal thoughts, even Crohn's disease in some cases, many people — including several Sugar staffers I polled — have had much success with the antiacne drug. What about you? Have you ever taken Accutane? Tell us all about it in the comments below.

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blondedancer3457 blondedancer3457 7 years
I did take it last year for the 5 months my dermatologist recommended it for. It did wonders. I haven't had a pimple since. Yes, there were side effects. But nothing life-threatening or mood-altering. I had extremely dry skin for the 5 months, some joint pain, my bladder seems to have shrunk, and my hair is behaving differently since. However, it was totally worth it. I would break out all the time and now although I still have scars, I have beautiful skin.
sourcherries sourcherries 7 years
I had really bad skin problems when I was young and I actually was the one to ask my doctor about Accutane. However, he was adamantly against it. I ended up doing skin treatments with an esthetician and changing the products I used and the problems have decreased. Oh, and BC seems to help.
partysugar partysugar 7 years
I took it. It's pretty harsh.
amandachalynn amandachalynn 7 years
Accutane was the best thing I ever did. I had severe cystic acne, and it was very painful. I kept saying no, no, no to the Accutane, until one day I had one right on the base of my neck about the size of a quarter. It hurt so bad I couldn't even lay down. I did 6 months of treatment, ending early because we decided to have a baby in the new year. They say you can safely get pregnant 2 months after Accutane, but I wanted to be certain, so we waited 4 months. Now that I'm pregnant I've been getting little break outs again, but NOTHING compared to what I had before. I wash with proactiv at night and my skin looks fabulous. I rarely even wear foundation anymore!
doogirl doogirl 7 years
It was not available when I was in high school when my skin was bad, but I was taking Prednisone for a medical issue and it made my skin so bad. Just regular acne, nothing cystic. Then I figured out a skin routine that worked for me and my skin cleared up. I don't have a problem with Accutane, but I'd really watch anyone on it, to make sure that the side effects weren't kicking in.
eneriyma eneriyma 7 years
In high school I would get breakouts nearly every month, but though they were always cystic, it would only be in a few places on my face. Painful, and they would last for weeks, but never more than three or four spots. My face cleared up eventually and I didn't have much trouble with acne until I was 23 - and then I got terrible, painful, persistent cystic acne. I would get an eruption that would last for weeks, go away for a week, and then get another eruption in the exact same spot - all over my face. My dermatologist prescribed various types of antibiotics and retinoids, but nothing worked (and nothing had worked in high school, I just lived with my monthly breakouts). We were worried about scars (and I do have quite a few deep scars over my cheeks) so Accutane seemed the best choice. It was worth it - now I only get tiny surface break outs once in a while, and they go away after a few days. When my doctor and I started talking about Accutane, we discussed the incidence of depression - but she said that though she takes that risk seriously, she has found that all of her patients have felt better because their self-confidence went up once their skin looked better - and that's what I experienced.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 7 years
Never. I refuse to have that drug in my system, the warned side-effects were the key reason for telling my dermatologist "no."
Miss-Bree Miss-Bree 7 years
I've never taken in personally, although my doctor recommended it. My parents and I decided the side affects just weren't worth it for me. However, I have had two close friends who've had vastly differing results. The first, after the 6months of horrid redness and flaky skin, cleared up the worst case of acne I've ever seen. Now, years later, her skin is clear and scar free. Truly a miracle drug for her. And the other, had a terrible reaction. She became distant and disturbed. The final straw was when the usually calm girl threw a fit and emptied her room off of her balcony. I think it works wonders and can be a miracle, but should be taken with caution.
MaddyMadeline MaddyMadeline 7 years
I took it when I just entered university and never looked back. I had moderate acne when I was about 14 and nothing seem to work. Antibiotics only help surpress them for while but they came back after some time. Contraceptives didn't work at all, I was still breaking. I finally switch a dermatologist who prescribed me accutane. He said that in my case, since I wasn't a severe acne sufferer, he would prescribe me a low dose 20mg/day. My acne was gone in less than a month and I stopped breaking out from than. After which, was a journey to clear skin. Even after my course ended in 2008, I continued to have clear skin even till now. Of course the occasional pimple is unavoidable but its sooo much more manageable than back acne(which I had as well) and constant breakouts. For me, its the best acne medication so far.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 7 years
I started having problems with my skin once I was in my 20s. I tried everything, but nothing helped. After I had my son, it was so bad, I didn't want to leave the house. My derm prescribed Accutane and it totally worked - no problems with my skin now! :)
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