Loc: Etobicoke, ON, Canada
Hello I have a 3.5 year old daughter who has an undiagnosed skin condition; it's probably CIE but the dermatologist has bandied harlequin and netherton's too.
The dermatologist has just suggested putting her on soriatane but having read about the bone spurs etc with accutane on this bulletin board, I'm now really concerned about giving her a related drug at such a young age. Plus at the moment she is confident in herself and making good progress at nursery; I don't want her to start getting hung up about her appearance to the public already.
Does anyone have any advice or comments that would help us?
#15253 - 05/02/0307:17 PMRe: Soriatane for a 3.5 year old
Toyahmiss, I'm sure you've read how I feel about retinoids, in fact I just came from the doc yesterday and saw a new xray of the big bone spur that is forming on the edge of my hip socket and the absence of cartiledge in the socket. In my opinion 3 1/2 years old is way to young to be on any form of retinoids. The only way I would consider giving a 3 1/2 year old retinoids was if it were relieve a life threatening situation, then the risks may be worth the possble side effects in the future. Since as you say she is confident and making progress at her nursery I see no reason to put her on them, it would only be a temporary relief with possible long term side effects. Keith.
Hi. From what I read, 3 and a half is too young for soriatane. Most say to wait till bone growth stops.I have been taking it two yrs. and love it, however, I'm 52 and weighed the pros and cons carefully. Best regards, Randy
Loc: Boston & South Attleboro, MA, ...
Hello all, well usually me and keith have slightly different takes on retinoids [img]http://www.ichthyosis.com/ubb/smile.gif[/img] but in this case I fully agress with everyone..that is wayyy to young to start them. And if my skin hadn't improved so dramatically with accutane and without side effects (knocks on wood) i would say i started to young as well which was when I was 9.
Loc: Grants Pass, OR
In my opinion, no one should take retinoids until they are past puberty and mature enough mentally and emotionally to evaluate whether or not the benefits are worth risking the side effects. While I haven't taken Soriatane, I've take Accutane and Methotrexate (spelling?) in the past.
On the Accutane my joints ached incredibly, and my depresssion became unbearable.
On the Soriatane, I couldn't eat at all and lost so much weight that I was ordered off it.
Katie is a very positive but rare exception to the rule in that as far as we know, she hasn't had any ill effects. The retinoids are ok when taken for short periods of time (such as to treat acne, which is typically what they are designed for) but for long term use, they can be quite dangerous in that they can cause life long side effects that can inhibit one's physical comfort.
I am female, and was born in 1972 with Lamellar Ichthyosis.
My son was born prematurely 33 weeks with Harlequin Ichthyosis. At 16 days old he was started on Accutane. He was on Accutane for short periods throughout his infancy and early years. He was monitored closely with blood tests and x-rays. There did seem to be benefits initially with this, but over the years it was harder to tell, and the potential side effects were always a concern, and it was discontinued.
His Ichthyosis seems to get better and easier to manage as he gets older. The things that seem to be the most important as far as maintaining the condition of his skin are nutrition and aggressive skin care.
It has been a struggle over the years, and he has been hospitalized with infections many times, but seems to be getting better as he gets older.
Loc: Twin Cities, Probably North of...
Hello, I actually have EHK but was diagnosed with CIE as a child. I am now 35 and have taken Soriatane since I was 17. I didn't start before then because my father (happens to be an orthopaedic surgeon) knew better. The drug can have an effect on the growth plates. While I credit my standard of living to Soriatane I think that starting it should wait until the late teens or early twenties. I hope this helps. [img]http://www.ichthyosis.com/ubb/smile.gif[/img]
[This message has been edited by Sarah Helen (edited May 29, 2007).]
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