In my teen years I was on Accutane with some success for my EHK. However, overtime, it seemed to lose its effectiveness so I stopped taking it. Over the past 4 years, I have been taking Soriatane, 25 mg a day (I weigh 185lbs), with success. My side effects have been (fortunately) fairly minimal, nothing that would deter me from taking the medication. I found that taking it consistently yields the best results - missing just a day causes a "peeling" cycle.
I occasionaly get red irritatons that break easily, but then again they heal quickly. It seems if I avoid foods high in Vitamin A, the irritations are reduced.
When the weather is warmer out, I will use tanning oil (not lotion) and lube up. Its not practical or affordable to do everyday, but my skin seems to be a lot softer afterwards. For general maintanence on my hands, wrists, neck, and face, I use Vaseline.
The only drawback that I have with the Soriatane is the cost - it costs me around $180 per month and thats with insurance picking up 80 percent.
Every six months I go for blood work to check liver levels. However, my current dermatologist said that Soriatane is very safe for long term use. She even suggested I increase my dosage - taking 75mg every two days. Not sure if I am ready to take that step mostly because of cost.
[This message has been edited by snackboy (edited May 04, 2007).]
It's only temporary.
snackboy (EHK - NPS ?)