Luckily, I didn’t have acne growing up, but when I reached my late twenties it was a different story. I had acne. The subject came up during lunch with a friend who was considering Accutane. She is worried about the side effects from reading the brochure information, and was curious as to how I had made the decision to try with so many concerns there are about Accutane?
At the time I used Accutane, my knowledge was limited to a couple of the side effects, and not as aware about the drug as I should have been. It dries-you-out, literally, everywhere on your body that normally produced liquid. For example, I did not have to worry about perspiring, no anti-perspiration was needed. I was not planning on getting pregnant, and knew that I should not attempt to get pregnant even after a year or two. If I do, the baby’s health would be jeopardized in many ways.
The doctors did a great job in warning me about the two side effects above. However, I just learned from the website my friend sent me to, that there are many other damaging side effects from the use of Accutane. Was it worth it? Now that I know about the disorders Accutane could cause, such as how it lowers white blood cell count and causes inflammatory bowel disease, I would say no.