What an awesome piece. Thanks for bringing me back to my horsey days!
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I took THREE AND A HALF courses of that shit.
Sometimes people have to take two 6-month courses of Accutane to treat acne. I started a course as a young teenager and had to stop because of the side effects (the half course); then I did the full course. In college the acne came back, and I had to do another two courses, albeit at a low dose.
Seven years since my last course, I still have acne, but topical medications (Retin-A currently) finally help.
The serious side effect that lasted post-Accutane was loss of night vision in one eye.
It's hard to know how to feel about the drug. On one hand, holy shit! That stuff is awful! On the other, my acne was painful and disfiguring, and Accutane made it almost completely disappear.