Doctor told me it was a miracle drug and was extremely excited to put me on it. I didnt have cystic acne in the first place. It was very mild teenage acne. They mainly expressed the teratogenic side effects and seeing as I was not planning on getting pregnant, I didnt worry too much about that. I was 17 and was told all i had to do was take a pill for 6 months and my face would be clear forever, why would i not indulge? On accutane i experienced dry peeling skin, nosebleeds, dry hair at first.
A little over 3 months into the course my hair thinned and my doctor laughed at the fact that i thought accutane could thin my hair and didnt say anything about stopping treatment. However, after reading everything i did on accutane, i stopped the treatment. Although my skin was smooth after the treatment. i later experienced rectal bleeding, my nails grew vertical ridges in them, my hair never returned, and my skin over my entire body thinned somewhat.
It has now been about 3 years since treatment and my skin has thinned dramatically and veins are visible throughout my whole body, most notably my chest upper thighs and under my eyes. My face flushes/ rosacea. I think it is just because my skin is so thin that it shows more. I have tendonitis in my shoulder that arose out of no where, just all of a sudden i had tendonitis and i didnt want to blame that on accutane, but all my bones creak after it and i have read multiple side effect lists that included tendonitis as a side effect. Also my wound healing is impaired and so scars are more plentiful. Lastly, i have developed raynauds. I thought my hands and feet were always just cold until one day my toes turned blue. I am now being tested for an auto immune disease. I wish everyday that I would have never taken this drug or that i could go back in time.. I wish that the many side effects, even if they were rare, were expressed to me and that they tried another treatment first. Oh yea, accutane was my first treatment. They never prescribed a topical, or antibiotic. This was my very first visit to a dermatologist's office in my life. I wish that the doctors would have had the medical knowledge to realize the dangers of this drug and have tried ANYTHING before accutane. I cant stand my life after this drug..