Active Ingredients: Isotretinoin
It seemed like within hours of taking my first 40 mg capsule, I was reaching for a sample-sized tube of Aquaphor ointment I had snagged from the office.
If I even lightly rubbed my face, I could expect a mini snow shower of dead skin flakes. Thanks, Spring Street Dermatology sample closet!
Confession: I was not diligent about sunscreen. Most of my Accutane course took place over the winter, when I rarely saw the sun for more than 10 minutes.
And with a beard still in place—because shaving was out of the question—every sunscreen I tried would not absorb and seemed only to add a patchy, sticky layer of white to my beard hairs. And so, red face it was.
A few patients asked me if I had rosacea. This should have been expected, having talked with hundreds of Accutane patients at the practice.Oxycontin is one.
There should be a framed cross-stitch of this in every dermatology exam room in America. I might market that. It could only get better, and I relaxed into that certainty, despite some rather gnarly eruptions.
My dose had been increased to 40 mg twice a day, where I would stay for the remainder of my course. But with higher doses of Accutane comes the risk of more pronounced side effects.
In my case, I started developing back pain. I was slow to make the association with Accutane.
I even suggested that he purchase a new mattress.
The longest duration of treatment was 22 due to the abnormality in laboratory values. In no patient was the treatment discontinued liver enzymes and serum lipids was detected.