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    Default Dish the dirt on Roaccutane

    Just saw a mention of this in another thread, why is it such bad stuff?

    I was put on it as a teen for severe acne, never thought twice about it... If my boys ever inherit my skin, I'd like to know about this stuff.

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    A friend of mine was on it and I remember she had to go on the pill (she wasn't sexually active at the time) and sign a thing to say that she understood that a baby conceived while on roaccutane could have serious birth defects. But apart from that, I don't know anything else about it.

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    Prolonged use can affect your internal organs and it can cause depression in some people.

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    Love it!! All the side effects were worth it, if I wasn't ttc I would still be on it.

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    My poor sister has been on 3 (or maybe 4) courses of roaccutane from late teens - late 20's. As a pp mentioned, she had to be on the pill while taking it as it can cause serious birth defects, and she had to be extremely careful about keeping her face out of the sun because it made her hyper-sensitive and burn really, really easily. Even in winter she slathered in sunscreen and wore a hat outside at all times. Aside from the very sensitive skin I don't think she experienced any other side effects.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ngaiz View Post
    Love it!! All the side effects were worth it, if I wasn't ttc I would still be on it.
    What were your side effects?

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    I was never allowed to have it as a teen (I only have mild acne now). I have suffered with depression through my teens so our gp reccomended staying away from it

    Have had friends who loved it. A male friend did have problems with dry cracked lips because of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AM View Post
    What were your side effects?
    Sensitive skin, dry skin, dry eyes, dry vagina (nothing a bit of ky couldn't fix), nose bleeds, but I was on a very high dose. It messes with your liver so you need blood tests often and I managed to get glandular fever at the same time but my liver was fine. Didn't suffer from depression, the improvement in my skin gave me a whole new confidence!! The only problem was it didn't work long term (this affects 10% of people) due to pcos being the cause of my acne so I had to keep taking it, but stopped when I started ttc.

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    I've just been reading a little about it, and it sounds as though people on the drug have regular liver function tests as it is hard on your liver. I never had that, I wonder why?

    I remember once getting extremely drunk while on it, at the beach, so got the worlds worst blistered sunburn. So stupid.

    Anyway, when I told the specialist what I'd done, he said "I don't even know why they advise you not to drink" !! What an idiot! Hope my liver is OK! Can't remember how often I drank while on it now. I *think* (hope) I was quite sensible... Don't think I was on the med terribly long.

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    I loved it too! It changed my life literally. My face was a mess before this wonder drug. My side effects were very very dry and flaky skin, nausea in the first week, cracked and bleeding lips, more pimples for the first month (it got worse before it got better) and dry eyes.


 

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