10 Things No One Tells You About Accutane

When people hear the word “Accutane,” they tend to freak out. I get it because it’s a serious drug, but many people are misinformed about it. The brand name of Accutane actually isn’t around anymore, but the actual drug still exists. It’s often seen as a last-resort treatment for acne after patients have tried other treatments. Some people call it a miracle drug, while others call it poison.

I’ve been dealing with acne for over 10 years, and I actually went through two full courses of Accutane. Unfortunately, I’m one of the few people who doesn’t have 100% perfect skin post-tane because of the kind of acne I have. But my acne is manageable now with other things, which wasn’t even possible before. I used to have horribly painful cystic acne that literally made me cry and feel deformed. Sure, I still break out, but Accutane completely saved my face and self-confidence.

People are terrified of this drug, but I’m still alive and have not been damaged from this medication. When I started taking it, I didn’t know as much as I know about it now. Hopefully, this info will help you make an informed decision about it:

Have you ever taken Accutane or another brand of Isotretinoin? Tell us in the comments below!
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  • Daina

    Taking Accutane/Isotretinoin was the Best Decision I made! I had Moderate acne and very oily skin and now my Face, back, and chest are Clear! My only side effects were dry lips my hair started to thin my last month of treatment. I took it for 5 & 1/2 months, did not see a Dr and bought it off the internet. The Depo shot was my Birth control while taking it. I figured out my own dosage by how much I weighted and I started with 20 mg a day just to get used to it. Then went to 40 mg a day after a month. Then I finished my last 3 months with 60 mg a day, which was the correct dosage for my weight. 130 pounds. I avoided taking Vitamin A and drank plenty of water to help hydrate my skin. The best money I spent as well, compared to the years I spent trying everything else. I was tired of my acne killing my self-esteem, always covering up my chest and back, ashamed to take pictures. I know that depression is a potential symptom, but Taking Isotretinoin brought me nothing but happiness! I started seeing results in the first month. My pores shrank and my oily face and hair dramatically changed too. I have been off the medicine for a month and a half now still No acne at all, like not even one! My hair is back to normal now too, not as oily as it used to be. Overall I would strongly recommend it! But of course do a lot of research to see if it’s right for you. But it is possible to take without a Dr. or dermatologist and without taking all the pregnancy & blood tests. Anyway hope this was helpful. Best of luck getting acne free! 😀

  • To be quite honest, I went (or attempted) to go through a round of Accutane for my very severe cystic acne. Granted, I had a history of mild depression, but when I took this medication (just for two months) I pretty much spiraled out of control. I wasn’t even able to finish it, and I’m very lucky that my body could take it long enough to get rid of most of it. It left me with a lot of scars and a few cysts that just won’t go away. I think doctors really downplay the fact of it changing your mood (as well as other issues). It was actually used as a cancer drug before they realized it helped acne — as a side effect. I’m going to be making a post about this soon, but I urge people to know what they’re getting into and be in a good line of communication with their doctor, psychiatrist, and therapist before using it.

  • Megan

    I was on it over a year ago and it is a miracle! I would recommend for anyone struggling with acne to ask your dermatologist about it! Also, my doctor informed me that the “suicidal thoughts” are listed only because it was once thought to have that side effect, but more recent studies have insured that the drug doesn’t induce mood changing effects, but once a medical product is listed as having suicidal thoughts as a side effect that label cannot be removed.

  • I took this for a summer and it seriously f***ed me up everytime they upped the dosage, I would be too nauseous to eat, dizzy and unable to stand for very long for a few days. And it didn’t even clear up the entirety of my acne 🙁 Try everything else first and definitely go to a dermatologist.

  • Holly

    In 2005/6 I watched my boyfriend (now husband) go through it. His acne was really bad, he took it for quite a while and it worked tremendously. His skin is much better now, although it’s not perfect, it’s pretty close! He did have side-effects at the time. Sun sensitivity, dry skin, and some mood problems (although to be fair, he was in 10th grade so it’s hard to say if it was due to accutane or hormones). He had to get his blood drawn often. But overall, it worked for him!