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Accutane: The Truth
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on January 8, 2012
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Hi stefan, just wanted to let you know that I'm literally scheduled to start accutane in a few weeks. My dermo appointment was yesterday, where they drew my blood and warned me about possible birth defects if I were to get pregnant, etc. Because of your videos, I decided to buy your book tonight. I read it beginning to end and have decided not to take accutane. Just wanted to say thank you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 14, 2013
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I've posted this elsewhere... but i wanted to spread the word about a treatment for those who feel as hopeless as I had. I took accutane also, about 12 years ago. It caused a terrible, severe depression that didn't go away even after I stopped the drug early. After much searching and trial and error, I finally found a diet and amino acid protocol explained in the book "Mood Cure" by Julia Ross. I've been able to get off of zoloft using her protocol (i used less amount of the amino acids than what she recommends though). I feel great and am sleeping much better. To me, this feels like a miracle! But I suspect since accutane is known to damage the digestive tract, it caused me to be unable to digest food well so that sufficient neurotransmitters to be made. Which made me very depressed, suicidally so. Highly, highly recommend the book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 8, 2014
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Taking Accutane is my single biggest regret in my life! This drug has ruined me and the person that I used to be. I started watching your videos when I began experiencing the side effects after taking accutane. They began to accumulate about 2 months after taking it and then it was was just a snowball effect after that getting worse and worse as time went by. 3 years post accutane, 23 year old male, and feel like I aged 40 years within those 3 years. It seems that no one understands what us sufferers are going through, the doctors, our parents, our friends. Whenever you try to confide to them about it and how accutane caused it, you get left with the same answer, "it's just in your head". Probably sounds familiar huh?

We need more awareness about this and this book is a start which is why I gave it five stars.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 16, 2012
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I appreciate the efforts this author is making to assist consumers in making a well-informed decision. Accutane is a very powerful, toxic drug that has potential side effects which can be life-altering.

However. As a mother of two teenagers with acne, and as a high-school teacher, I can tell you that acne can ruin a young person's life. It destroys self-confidence, it can foster anti-social behaviour, it can lead to depression and suicidal thoughts. The world of a suffering teen becomes very small and very sad. Academic performance is affected, school functions are avoided, and I have noticed that teenagers in high school who are found hanging around the smoke-pit dressed in black and wearing a permanent frown, often suffer from severe acne. I do not believe this to be a coincidence. Meanwhile, the happy cheerleaders typically have clear, peaches and cream complexions.

I am currently doing my research. My son is begging me to take him to a dermatologist, but first I will exhaust every alternative approach available. I am trying tea-tree oil, apple cider vinegar, colloidal silver, silver salve, zinc, eliminating sugar from his diets, cod liver oil, Indian healing clay, etc. You name it, I've bought it.

I am afraid of Accutane because my husband went on it years ago. He became so depressed that one night he couldn't stop crying. It was terrifying. I threw the rest in the garbage, but luckily he was on it long enough to see the benefits - he's been acne free ever since. I have three neices who went on Accutane. All three say that it was the best decision they ever made; they have friends who all swear by it - they couldn't name a single person who had an adverse reaction besides dry skin and chapped lips. They are telling me to let my son try it. I don't know what to do yet. It seems to be a potential miracle or a potential nightmare, depending on how your body reacts to it. Like many things, such as anti-depressants. Some people say that Prozac saved their life. Others say it made them suicidal. It is always a gut-wrenching decision to use drugs...

But thank you, Stefan Lay, for giving people like myself many reasons to seriously think this over. I wish you well.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on December 6, 2011
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The new ebook Roaccutane: The Truth, by Stefan Lay of Norwich, United Kingdom, offers an honest and informative view from a patient's (or should we say victim?) perspective on the side effects of the acne drug Accutane (Roaccutane in the UK and Europe, generic isotretinoin) which I have written about previously on this blog. Stefan writes clearly and informatively about his own situation, which sadly is paralleled by many other people. Given Roaccutane for acne that had not proceeded to the stage of potentially scarring cystic acne, he was initially eager to get rid of his acne at whatever cost. In retrospect he realizes that he would have been better off to have stayed away from this potentially toxic drug, which he points out is used to treat cancer, and is therefore a chemotherapy agent. He describes his research and personal experience with depression, suicidality, dry eyes, sexual dysfunction, bowel disease, and liver damage. I recommend this book for someone who wants to validate their own experiences with the drug or to get a quick overview of side effects, which unfortunately the medical community has failed miserably to provide information about. He also has some entertaining and informative videos on Youtube you can view here.

Doug Bremner, author of The Goose That Laid The Golden Egg: Accutane, the truth that had to be told
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 15, 2013
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If you're thinking about taking Accutane, or any other acne drug, definitely read this book first. However, this book doesn't just apply to Accutane. The information in this book can be applied to almost every medication on the market. Doctors prescribe medication and then downplay the side effects or don't even mention some side effects at all. (and as Stefan points out in his book, they're direct effects not "side" effects)

The pharmaceutical industry is only concerned about their profits. Don't be fooled into thinking the drugs are there to cure your acne or health problems They aren't. The drugs are there to make MONEY and there is little repercussion for the pharmaceucital companies if your health is destroyed in the process. Besides, even if someone did win a lawsuit against a drug, the drug company has enough money to pay them off with a handsome lump sum.

I'm not against modern medicine or doctors and surgeons, but the message to take from this book is how important it is to research before taking any medication. Know the real use for the drug (medications are used for one thing and then marketed for another because they sell better that way) and the potential side effects. Never blindly take a drug because a doctor prescribes it as a "last resort".

Finally, this book makes you realize that severe side effects can happen to anyone. Everyone thinks it won't happen to them until it does. The consequences can be devastating. Even if Stefan's health improves, it probably won't ever be as good as it was before he took Accutane. He'll have to manage the side effects for the rest of his life.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 23, 2013
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Interesting account of your experience. Could relate to some of it. Hopefully something will come our way one day that will clearly be the healing agent. God bless you.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 16, 2012
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Stefan Lay, I applaud you for writing this book. As stated in comments on your YouTube videos, I was ONE day away from picking up my prescription of Accutane from the pharmacy when I decided to do some internet research on the drug; I am sooo glad I stumbled across your YouTube channel! After watching all of your videos concerning Accutane, I honestly felt soooooo bad for you and the problems you now have because of this chemotherapy drug. It makes me sick that this had to happen to you.

I, myself, believe in nature being the source for finding cures also (I am also a Christian and believe we have more than enough resources out there because a smart God put it all together) so I was very cautious after being prescribed this drug, which brings me to a funny point: your story fits my story to a friggin T my friend. I started on topical antibiotics, worked for a while but the acne came back; next took oral antibiotics, worked for a while but it all came back; finally, I went to an actual dermatologist (my normal doctor was prescribing me all these)and sure enough, the first thing she said without even looking at my previous try-and-fails (I think) was "Accutane. The boy needs Accutane." She made it seem so obvious to go through with this drug! It was like I was stupid for not using it before. My acne is also exactly how you described how yours was 6 years ago...

And then... I find you and your story. THANK YOU! I was so mad when I couldn't read your book because all I had was a Nook, but I finally went so far as to download the Kindle app for my iPod touch and read it all the way to chapter 6 and finished the "Conclusion" chapter in the morning. All the stuff that you have to deal with now... ohh man it makes ME feel like crap. For anybody reading this review besides Stefan, let me say this man is going through hell because of a drug that was meant to kill cancer. Also, let me say what this book has done for me:

1.) After reading with my own two eyes the proof that somebody who went through EXACTLY what I am going through NOW, I feel so much better about myself. I now know that there are things much worse than acne... Drugs are NOT the answer! Acne is NOT WORTH RISKING YOUR HEALTH!

2.) I want to be healthier overall; I want to eat more natural and use more natural cosmetics

3.) When I'm an adult, I can share my wisdom with my kids and make sure THEY are not taking unnecessary drugs like Accutane. If I had gone through with taking Accutane, without researching it, and somehow didn't have side-effects, they certainly could get obscure side-effects if they were to take it. I can see myself telling them "I took it when I was younger and I'm fine". I now have the wisdom to know the difference.

In conclusion, thank you my very British friend for doing this for me. You could have saved me from years of problems. If you're ever feeling like there's no hope, I would be more than willing to talk to you (message Aingu5 on YouTube), and remember: you ARE making a difference in people's lives by sharing this truth. I am now a faithfull subscriber to your channel and hope to become internet friends with you hahaha! (If you want)

Peace,
Angus Beefcakes (my internet alias)
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6 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on October 16, 2012
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I LOVE Accutane! It cleared up my horrible acne and I didn't have any problems. All of you should not be discouraged because of one person's misfortunes. We all react to drugs differently, but I am an AVID believer in this little pill! It was a miracle drug for me! God bless!
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