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Hello A friend at work - early thirties has moderate acne on her chin neck between boobs and sometimes ahem down there. She also has pcos + is overweight. Anyway she told me she ordered Accutane off the internet. It hasn't arrived yet but am I right to stop her taking it? Apparently she cant be arsed with all the Dr appts if it were prescribed. Thanks.
You need regular blood tests on roaccutane as it can be toxic for the liver. You also need to consent to not getting pregnant. The dosage given by a dermatologist depends on your weight and severity of acne.
Is it really acne? That is normally forehead and nose area rather than lower down.
As someone who has had it twice and privately so higher doses than the NHS I would never buy it on the Internet and I do buy the pill on the Internet as I am lazy.
It is a very strong drug with some awful side effects for some. Don't mess around with it is the advice I would give.
Every pill comes with side effect warnings, so I get why people just ignore them...but the prevalence on Roaccutane is much higher and the normal side effects much nastier than a bit of nausea or drowsiness...DD has been on it, done wonders for her skin, but she became v touch sensitive, dry eyes, then BP problems, then clinically depressed. She managed to persevere but only because she was under the care of a doctor, this was all monitored regularly, and treated. Otherwise she could have been in real trouble.
Do a search on Google Scholar for roaccutane + side effects and you can give her some recent clinical studies. That's even assuming what is in the pills she gets is Roaccutane. At best, it's often lower than the recommended dose. At worst, well...
Her Gp can't prescribe anyway- that is why it's only prescribed by a consultant and he can't refuse to refer her. A GP can't decide in advance that it is not suitable for her. She needs to go back to him/her or another GP at surgery and insist on a referral.
No she shouldnt just be taking it off the internet, she has no idea what dose to take! Even worse as she has mental health problems. Sharp i suffered with acne from 11ish to my late 20s and i had them all over my face, boobs and back not uncommon unfortunately. I tried everything from the doc, tablets, lotions, gels, bar that. One thing that worked was dianette but couldn't stay on that. Funny thing was they cleared up at 29 when i completely changed all my skincare items!
As pinkfrocks says - isotretinoin needs to be prescribed by a dermatologist, and would not be available from her GP. It is not safe to purchase it (or any drugs) online. It is a powerful drug which has significant side-effects and other drug interactions as well which need to be considered. Contraception is strongly recommended and her depression would need to be explored and discussed in view of the potential side-effects of the drug. She would need advice about dosing, and length of treatment course. She would be seen within 16 weeks by an NHS dermatologist and so it would be a whole lot easier, cheaper and safer to seek a referral, if her acne really does warrant it.
Darling Sooty, I thought there were two aspects to my issues: (i) the roaccutane itself - health issue (ii) the moral dilemma I have re what to do with it. So yes, pardon me but I thought it would be good to have views from both Health and AIBU for these two aspects respectively.
It is a very powerful drug. I am young, healthy and slim with no medical history or mental health issues and the side effects have still kicked my ass.
Despite eating well and only weighing 50kg the drug has raised my cholesterol and triglyceride levels considerably (a very common side effect and one of the main reasons the blood test is needed every 28 days, it isn't just liver and kidney function).
It would be very stupid to buy this online under no guidance as she would not be able to calculate her dosage properly or work out once she had had enough culmulative dosage and end treatment.
Her best bet is a GP referral but make her aware they do only prescribe it if all other avenues have been explored for example using anti androgen contraceprives such as dianette, topical and oral antibiotics along with antibacterial topical treatments.
Acne can be so consuming and upsetting not to mention painful but she could end up doing herself some real damage here.
I've bought two different drugs via the internet that GP wouldn't prescribe - the first of these really wasn't a great idea to use because of unexpected side effects I hadn't researched (and four years later those side effects persist to a fortunately lesser degree). The other drug (modafinil) has been a great boon as I was so fatigued all the time and it's really picked me up. Unfortunately it's one of the drugs they're now going to legislate against so it'll be illegal to buy - I'm not sure whether to wean off them or stock up!