Roaccutane et vie gâchée

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Where are you from (country)? France

How did you find this forum (Google search – if so, what search terms? Via link from a forum or website – if so, what page? Other?) Facebook - Victimes de Roaccutane (isotrétinoïne), Curacné, Procuta et génériques

What is your current age, height, weight? 46 yo - 1,65 m - 51 kg

What specific drug did you use (finasteride, dutasteride, saw palmetto, isotretinoin/Accutane, fluoxetine, sertraline, citalopram, leuprorelin, etc…)? Roaccutane

What dose did you take (eg. 1 mg/day, 1 mg every other day etc.)? 30 mg/day

What condition was being treated with the drug? Acné

For how long did you take the drug (weeks/months/years)? 6 months

How old were you, and WHEN (date) did you start the drug? 16 years old. October 1988

How old were you when you quit, and WHEN (date) did you quit? 17 years old - April 1989

How did you quit (cold turkey or taper off)? Abrupt withdrawal I think

How long into your usage did you notice the onset of side effects? A couple of years later

What side effects did you experience that have yet to resolve since discontinuation? tiredness, hair loss, joint and muscle pain, memory and stress management problems, especially digestive problems…

Check the boxes that apply. You can save your post first, then interactively check/uncheck the boxes by clicking on them. If your symptoms change, please update your list.

[ ] Loss of Libido / Sex Drive
[ ] Erectile Dysfunction
[ ] Complete Impotence
[ ] Loss of Morning Erections
[ ] Loss of Spontaneous Erections
[ ] Loss of Nocturnal Erections
[ ] Watery Ejaculate
[ ] Reduced Ejaculate
[ ] Inability or Difficulty to Ejaculate / Orgasm
[ ] Reduced Sperm Count / Motility

[ ] Emotional Blunting / Emotionally Flat
[x] Difficulty Focusing / Concentrating
[ ] Confusion
[x] Memory Loss / Forgetfulness
[ ] Stumbling over Words / Losing Train of Thought
[ ] Slurring of Speech
[ ] Lack of Motivation / Feeling Passive / Complacency
[ ] Extreme Anxiety / Panic Attacks
[ ] Severe Depression / Melancholy
[ ] Suicidal Thoughts

[ ] Penile Tissue Changes (narrowing, shrinkage, wrinkled)
[ ] Penis curvature / rotation on axis
[ ] Testicular Pain
[ ] Testicular Shrinkage / Loss of Fullness
[ ] Genital numbness / sensitivity decrease
[ ] Weight Gain
[ ] Gynecomastia (male breasts)
[ ] Muscle Wastage
[ ] Muscle Weakness
[x] Joint Pain
[ ] Dry / Dark Circles under eyes

[ ] Prostate pain
[X] Persistent Fatigue / Exhaustion
[X] Stomach Pains / Digestion Problems
[X ] Constipation / “Poo Pellets”
[ ] Vision - Acuity Decrease / Blurriness
[ ] Tinnitus (ringing or high pitched sound in ears)
[X ] Hearing loss
[ ] Increased hair loss
[ ] Frequent urination
[ ] Lowered body temperature

[ ] Other (please explain) Mastoses in the chest, allergies and food intolerances

What (if any) treatments have you undertaken to recover from your side effects since discontinuation of the drug? Especially diet. I can’t stand any medicine or other (plants…)

If you have pre or post-drug blood tests, what hormonal changes have you encountered since discontinuing the drug (please post your test results in the “Blood Tests” section and link to them in your post)? I don’t know

Anything not listed in the above questions you’d like to share about your experience? Triglycerides increased a couple of years after treatment but back normal after a few months diet

Tell us your story, in your own words, about your usage and side effects experienced while on/off the drug. I was pleased about the treatment (just dry skin during). Problems have come many years after and it doesn’t stop becoming worse. Sometimes, it’s difficult to continue to work and practice sport. I can’t travel anymore or go out with friends. In one word, I just have no life.


How horrific. Thanks for posting your story of having taken it quite a while back. Imagine that this is still being prescribed today to cause problems and destroy many lives - many of whom will only find out after years the reason for their problems.


Sorry to hear you took Accutane, @Estelle . You’re in a place where we’re trying to fix this - so, welcome!

I took Accutane, too (60mg for 6 months) and we all want to solve this mess.

Please bring others here - and ask them to take our survey.

Our dedicated French-language forum is here, for use also:

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Please participate in the post-drug survey if you could. Hopefully, you have been able to manage gastrointestinal side-effects with diet. This seems to be one of the few symptoms of this condition that is treatable to some degree and I have heard of many PAS patients finding relief of this symptom with drastic changes in their diet.

I hope we will succeed in interpellate the medical world and the people one day ! Of course, I will participate in the post-drug survey as soon as I can access it.


Bonjour Estelle!

Please let us know in case you have any problems accessing the survey! We really need more Accutane patients to step up. So thank you for participating and please let fellow patients now that their help is needed here. We think this Survey will be very important in our efforts to initiate more research in this condition and really need as much data as we can get.

Bonjour Northern_Star,
Yes I can’t have access to the survey :


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Can you do something ? Thank you.

@awor, @axolotl

Hi @Estelle, could you please try again now on a desktop or laptop computer? If this does not work, please clear your cookies then try again. Let us know if it’s ok. Best

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I did it and now it’s :

Oups ! Cette page n’existe pas ou est privée.

Bonjour Estelle et bienvenue. I checked the status of your user and you should be able to access the survey now if you click on the graph icon at the top of the screen. Please let me know if it works.


Hello, it seems to be ok. Thanks.