(Closed) Bees that took or are on Accutane, quick question!

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 4
2297 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

i live in canada, and so i had great coverage for my prescription (pretty sure it was completely free) and i took it a few years ago. i’m sorry i can’t help you with that, but i wanted to let you know how accutane was for me.

the best. decision. ever! please don’t let people freak you out with horror stories, listen to your dermatologist, keep all your extra appointments (bloodwork etc.) and get ready for awesome skin!

within a month my skin had drastically improved, and after 6 months it was an amazing transformation. i haven’t taken accutane in years, and my skin is clear and glowy with a few simple products. i hope you have great results!

Post # 5
853 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

With Kaiser, in HS, I was completely covered.

Post # 6
70 posts
Worker bee

I haven’t taken aacutane, but I came very close to having to take it. When I was researching it I was expecting to have to pay 350+ per month just for the medication based on what I saw on acne.org boards. I am not affiliated at all with the website, but I found it to be a good source of information when I was going through the process of trying to rid myself of acne. 

I ended up taking spironolactone, antibiotics, and using topical tazorac to get my acne under control. One thing I didn’t expect was that my face was going to get MUCH worse before it got better. So, expect an initial breakout from which ever medication you use. It took six months for my skin to clear up, and now it looks great. Those six months were hard, and I had some of the worst acne I’ve ever had. Like I said, it was totally worth it in the end. 

*I have OK insurance, but not great. 

Post # 7
5219 posts
Bee Keeper

@MrsRuby:  I took Accutane in 2009/2010 and I did not have insurance at the time. It was around $800/ month for the pills, blood tests( your given a pregnancy test every time) and additional $$ for the doctor visits since you’re not allowed to take it without meeting with the derm

It cleared my acne up, but not totally. I still get breakouts- just not as bad! I lost some hair, and my eyesight got a little worse. I would do another round if needed– but it is very expensive and it kind of takes over your life! You’re very sensitive to the sun, you may get flaky skin patches and your lips will peel like crazy!

Post # 8
89 posts
Worker bee

@Mrs_Amanda:  WOW, your eyes can get worse? That sucks! What kind of acne do you have? I get cystic acne. I usually don’t get it that often, but when I do it hurts so bad and makes me think of trying accutane. But IDK if it’s worth it in my case! I don’t want my eyes to potentially get worse.

Post # 9
1021 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I went through all the motions to take it in 2009 and when I got it filled it was $80 (with crappy insurance). I decided at the last minute that I didn’t want to take it and went with Spironolactone instead, along with one month of antibiotics. That cleared up my skin better than anything I’d ever tried. 

Post # 10
6256 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2014

I don’t have any advice, but am posting to keep up with this thread! I’ve thought about going with Accutane, too…


Post # 11
195 posts
Blushing bee

Canadian here and my fam didn’t have drug coverage at the time.. I remember this was in 2005 and it cost around 400 a month.  However,  IT WAS THE BEST DECISION I EVER MADE. My mum was hesitant because of the side effects, but I would have had bad permenant scaring had I not gone on it.  Biggest self esteem boost of life.  I only needed one round however my roomate in university needed 2 rounds.

I do have lasting side effects from the drug however.  When I was on it my pancrease was inlarged hugely, my lips and nose would cracked and bleed, and my night vision became terrible.  Today I feel uncomfortable without lip balm or gloss on my lips and my night vision is still not very good.  But I have to stress it changed my life and I would do it again in a heartbeat.


If you have any questions feel free to message me, I was on it for 5 months, and my best friend was on it for 5 months on, 6 months off, 5 months on again.

Post # 12
1043 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Insurance girl here.  Most insurance companies cover Accutane, how much comes out of your pocket will depend on your benefits – talk to your insurance company for your exact copayment.

From what I know, in the US the out-of-pocket costs if you don’t have insurance are between $300 and $400 per month but as PPs mentioned, this doesn’t include the doctor’s office visits, blood and pregnancy tests.

Good luck!  🙂

Post # 13
5219 posts
Bee Keeper

  • @Toonski:  I don’t have cystic acne… But I would have acne spots all over my face. I tried EVERYTHING … Retin-A, anti biotics, creams, lasers, you name it. My skin is still not perfect, but it is MUCH better than before! Here’s my con list:
  • Expensive
  • Poor eyesight
  • VERY dry skin/ lips
  • Sensitivity to sun
  • Thining of hair
  • Thining of nails
  • Rough patches of skin of face/elbows/knees

Be VERY careful with sexual activities. This medication will cause birth defects. I have been off of it for two years and I still get breakouts, so it’s not a miracle drug. Some people do 2-3 rounds before completely cleared. I’m contemplating doing another light round before we start TTC. 

Post # 14
2117 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Aghhh Accutane. I took it for about a month, then had to stop. It caused the fluid around my brain to not be able to drain properly, so there was a buildup of fluid that put a lot of pressure on my brain. Worst headaches of my life.

For me it was awful, other people I know had no major side effects. It all depends on the person. Just make sure to go to all appointments and communicate with your dermatologist. 

I think for me it was about $100 a month.

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