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Re: Jess -- update

Posted by jsarirose on August 7, 2002, at 1:14:44

In reply to Re: Jess -- update, posted by cybercafe on August 7, 2002, at 0:49:48

> ... at what dose did your acne really get worse and how is it doing now that you have gone down so much? ....

I can't recall exactly, I know when I hit 60mgs it seemed to be getting worse and by the time I was at 100mg it was really terrible. It took me a bit to pin it down to Parnate - it wasn't listed as a known side-effect. But from talking to other people and figuring things out for myself I narrowed the cause to Parnate.

> ... i am thinking about going swimming again, it might have had a good effect on my acne (not parnate related), i don't remember exactly...

Swimming is good because the chlorine helps dry out the skin. I try to go too.

> ... oh actually my friend pointed out that for him and I've found for myself as well -- changing your sleeping tends to be really bad -- and parnate sure can keep you up sometimes... not to mention that desire to socialize and do things...

I try hard to take a similar dose of Trazodone and go to sleep at the same time every night. I also set my alarm to make sure I wake at around the same time in the morning. I do allow myself up to 10 hours of sleep usually though - although sometimes I need less, sometimes more, and sometimes I wake up after three hours (even with the Trazodone).

And yeah, I've just started seeing someone and I'm definitely not looking forward to exposing my acne. At least it's getting better as I reduce my Parnate. Also I've been taking Erythromycin (Minacycline is better, but I can't tolerate it). And I went back on the birth control pill which really helps. Probably not anything you can take! ; )
I've never heard of Tretonin. I've been on Accutane a number of years ago and it worked great. I've read a lot about the depression link and it really isn't proven. There is no proof either way and after talking to my dermatologist I felt my suspicions were confirmed regarding the dangers involved. I don't believe there really are any with depression. I would take it, but my insurance doesn't cover it at all and it's incredibly expensive.
A course of antibiotics and a good topical (Benzac 10% is great) is a good first line of defense.

> how about if I ask you "how would you therapist help you evaluate your moods" and then you could just take that answer and ask it yourself? :)
> perhaps keep a mood chart with journal entries

I should start a mood chart again - I've kept them on and off throughout my depression. I sometimes have a hard time figuring out what are normal reactions to changes in my life and what I'm overreacting to. My therapist can also help me work through some more recent things that have come up for me that I seem to be having trouble dealing with. I hate to burden my sister with everything! : )

Oh - there are some vitamins that are supposed to help with acne too. Vitamin A & E. I haven't noticed any difference at all from taking them though.





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