Roaccutane queries, unsure what to do!

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HI all, i am new to this forum thing but here goes! :-)

I have been on roaccutane since 1st January 2014, for the first month i took 20mg every day then the months after i took 40mg daily. When i originally attended to the see the derm he said that the treatment would be 6 months ( 8 months tops), but on my last appointment he said it would 12 -18 months. I am unsure what to do as me and my partner are wanting to try for a baby ASAP so i am feeling a little deflated. Every time I attend an appointment with the derm he is never very helpful and I generally wait longer than I am in consultation with him. I have also suffered with recurrent thrush and vaginal dryness since being on roaccutane and wondered if anyone else had the same symptoms, as when I asked the derm he said that wasn't a side effect!

Has anyone else been on roaccutane that long?

Should I change dermatologist?

Any advice or information would be super!

Thanks

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    Hello,

    I didn't have the thrush symptons but I can understand that happening as when you are on anti-biotics (which roaccutane kind of is) it killed off good bactaria which creates those symptons. I was only taking it for 4 months, and I was still told not try for a baby for atleast a year after taking it, so even if you stopped now you would still have to wait a while as it takes a year to leave your system completly. I would strongly rule out trying for a baby for a while sorry to say.

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      Hi,

      Thanks for your reply, it is really helpful! My derm only told me a month after so i am glad I put this on here. He is so unhlepful.

      Thanks again!

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    Hi Danielle, I was on roaccutane for around 4 months and my dermatologist explained to me there is a limit to how much you can take dependant on your weight, and that the course could be longer or shorter depending on how the drugs affected me, I chose to make the course shorter by taking a higher dose as side effects for me were just overheating & sweating very easily. (I went up to 60mg I think) I don't understand why you would be on it for 18 months? Maybe talk to a GP for advice about it as they may have the knowledge but be unable to prescribe & changing dermatologist would be a nightmare the waiting lists are so long! I didn't experience the vaginal dryness but my mouth & lips became very dry.  

     

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      Thanks for the reply,

      He told me about the weight and the amount you can take which is why I don't understand how the length of treatment has changed, my acne has all but gone and i haven't doubled in weight so I am really unsure. I have asked my GP as I have moved to a different area and they said if I wanted to change I could have an appointment within the next 4 weeks, so I am contemplating that. I do suffer from dry skin and super dry lips.

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    Hi all, me again!

    Had my appointment this afternoon with my new dermatologist, she is amazing. Completely different experience to my old one. The good news is I will only be on it for another 2 possibly 3 months which has made my day.

    Thanks for all the advice and support.

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