I kid you not… I thought the picture above was Zac Efron. I do not suffer from Crohn’s, you must have gotten me wrong – I think that was someone else. I completely understand your story, though, for I had to take Interferone Alpha for a few months in 2004/5. I had/have lots of nausea. However, part of my knows that I need to keep spreading the word. I would look at my shirts and stress so much seeing the dandruff, i had to try and take as much out before going anywhere. but dont see how I can continue with the accutane… I feel completely hopeless. He has tried everything even the small bowl of rice he just consumed is causing him so much pain. I’m so sorry to hear that’s what you’re going through Tori. The only thing that saves me now is weed. Only to start to return, after getting out of the shower. In her 30-40 s she list most her teeth due to bone loss. I put a little of my experience down below, but I forgot to mention I had mild acne when I took it, and when I stopped my face turned into a million little clogged pores. I ate NO sugars and drank about a gallon of water per day. She now has a pulmonary edema. It’s as if accutane sucked my soul out of my body. The only reason I am saying it is all accutane is because I didn’t have any of these symptoms befor the treatment. By the age of 15, it was full-blown acne. Pills made me depressed, antidepressants then worsened it. Honestly I probably would have taken my own life because this is really no way to live. And if you have a mother like me, you will have someone in your life, who not only wants to show your imperfections, to the world, but wants to create more, and sabotage what you do have going for you, your weight, and your hair, and your clothes, and she basically wants to encourage you to do things which are bad for you even if it is staying in an abusive relationship in which the guy doesn’t like you, so that they can team up, and put you down together. She has her ups and downs. My daughter did the program and was cleared of her acne but I think the doctor was too aggressive with his dose for my son. If he goes for a walk or excercises, he suffers for days & his hips ache. As a dermotolgist of 40 years I found it very disturbing at the points being made without any medical knowledge! My acne did in fact clear up. On the contrary, when I started taking the drug in 2005 – I was 19 at the time – and was given normal, healthy skin that I had not had since age 10/11 … it saved my life. I took Accutane at age 16-17 in 1998/99. Personally, I find it impossible to escape this. He couldn’t concentrate & said he felt strange. I mean, there’s a cumulative dose you have to complete, you must have taken more than 30 mg a day, no? (Excuse my English, it’s not my native language): What a coincidence. I took Accutane briefly when I was 17. I had seen a derm for years and tried every drugstore tx and prescription under the sun. Because I was so young, they put me on a half dose. I’ve heard horror stories like this one before, and I can’t believe I actually took this drug (and so young too!). I have never met anyone for whom there was a proven causal link between Accutane and Steven-Johnson syndrome or TEN. My self concious took over and I thought the pill wouldn’t hurt me. There is an extremely high risk that severe birth defects will result if pregnancy occurs while taking any amount of isotretinoin even for short periods of time. In the years since then, he has been severely depressed. I just want to cry all the time at how weak and frail and pained my body feels. Would love to hear Your answer, just started this pills, and all of this freak me out. So i must contradict Dr Reukle on this. Thank you, (I’m not enlglish speaking but I will try to formulate myself as good as possible). The drug gave me my life back and let me develop the thing I grew up totally lacking – self esteem. But I have read enough to know that my symptoms are in fact from accutane. It would start to build on my face, immediately after showering, and within 3 hours, I was an oily mess, again. The phase IV clinical study is created by eHealthMe based on reports of 31,166 people who have side effects when taking Accutane from the FDA, and is updated regularly. Accutane destroyed my life. thanks. I looked beautiful with makeup on, but found that my self-esteem suffered, because I felt “shame” when I took my makeup off… knowing that the ‘true me’ was ‘ugly’ and this is what I looked like. I hardy had any side effects except for dry lips that could be treated perfectly using Carmex. My doctor diagnosed me with pernicious anemia meaning that i no longer had the ability to effectively absorb B12 and that i can no longer produce red blood cells at a normal rate. The first time I took it, I was 11. I wonder what my life would look like if I didn’t take this drug. So if you are one of those desperate folk, hold on tight, do not give in to the suicidal thoughts, because things are moving now and politicians are taking this very seriously. The only other person I know who has also used the drug suffered an incredibly severe deterioration of his mental health characterized by psychosis and rage. 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