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6 week Accutane Update

Starting The Program:

I started the Accutane program six weeks ago to clear up skin issues I have struggled with since the sixth grade.  It is not easy to get put on Accutane and requires a series of steps at your dermatologist's office before they will even consider Accutane.

I was prescribed three other topicals and an ingestible antibiotic, all of which caused a reaction in my skin.  I felt that they made it worse, rather than better.  Since I have had a hysterectomy and am unable to get pregnant, my dermatologist saw no problems with me trying Accutane.  (Anyone who can get pregnant has to use two forms of birth control and get monthly pregnancy tests in order to stay on the program.  Missing one pill or contraceptive in a month will get you removed.)

When starting Accutane, you are required to get bloodwork done, and monthly thereafter to check liver function and other interactions within the body.  You also have to go to the dermatologist's office for monthly check-ups i…