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    Accutane, Diet and Protein

    Hi all,

    I'm currently in the early stages of Rippetoe's Starting Strength program, and I've been put on 80mg Accutane a day for mild acne on my neck/back. I have a few questions and concerns.

    1.) Firstly, my Doctor said to stay away from vitamin A, and that I can no longer take a multivitamin and so on. He also said to stay away from foods that are high in fat and cholesterol, but I eat eggs every day, yolk too. Will this be an issue? I'm 6'4'' 205 lbs, by the way.

    2.) Protein shakes. If I mix protein in water/milk every day, will that effect the Accutane course?

    3.) For those of you who've been on Accutane, do you have any general suggestions regarding diet or just overall tips while working out?

    Thanks a lot,
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    Originally Posted by Superconductor View Post

    1.) Firstly, my Doctor said to stay away from vitamin A, and that I can no longer take a multivitamin and so on. He also said to stay away from foods that are high in fat and cholesterol, but I eat eggs every day, yolk too. Will this be an issue? I'm 6'4'' 205 lbs, by the way.

    2.) Protein shakes. If I mix protein in water/milk every day, will that effect the Accutane course?

    3.) For those of you who've been on Accutane, do you have any general suggestions regarding diet or just overall tips while working out?

    SC
    1.) My doctor never told me about the vitamin A, so I can't comment on that. The fat/cholesterol advice is nonsense, however. He's giving you this advice on the false notion that both are unhealthy for you which is untrue.

    http://www.heart-disease-prevention....olesterol.html
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7124663
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20071648

    2.) Absolutely not. This is exactly the same as getting your protein from a tub of CC, yoghurt, chicken breast, etc.

    3.) Stay away from alcohol, strap up any minor cuts before a workout. On Accutane you bleed a ****load more than usual and your skin is a lot more sensitive. I remember getting great big cuts on my arms just from brushing up against a tree or something. One day I had a small cut on my finger and was doing deadlifts, as soon as the blood started pumping, I was gushing everywhere (no homo). Other than the skin side effects it really shouldn't hinder your progress or affect your diet in the slightest.

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    you can still have a multi, i was on 80mg for a year and 3 months and was fine. you can eat eggs. i ate eggs nearly every day when i was on. hes more talking about bad cholesterol. why the hell would milk and protein affect you?
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    That's really weird, I distinctly remember being told to eat fatty meals with it, something about abdominal discomfort otherwise. It got rid of my cystic acne but I still break out a lot .
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    Originally Posted by Superconductor View Post
    Hi all,

    I'm currently in the early stages of Rippetoe's Starting Strength program, and I've been put on 80mg Accutane a day for mild acne on my neck/back. I have a few questions and concerns.

    1.) Firstly, my Doctor said to stay away from vitamin A, and that I can no longer take a multivitamin and so on. He also said to stay away from foods that are high in fat and cholesterol, but I eat eggs every day, yolk too. Will this be an issue? I'm 6'4'' 205 lbs, by the way.

    2.) Protein shakes. If I mix protein in water/milk every day, will that effect the Accutane course?

    3.) For those of you who've been on Accutane, do you have any general suggestions regarding diet or just overall tips while working out?

    Thanks a lot,
    SC
    I just got off accutane and I never heard anything from my doctor about dietary restrictions, other than staying away from alcohol. I think the cholesterol thing and the multivitamin thing is a bunch of BS, but then again I'm not a doctor. It wasn't an issue for me though.

    However, I started a really intense weight training program in late August which coincided with some liver problems related to my use of accutane. I'm not sure if there's a correlation between the two but I've been off it for a while now, haven't changed my workout routine and the problems are still persisting (I actually have to see a liver specialist on Tuesday because of it). Nothing really serious though, and it may be unrelated to my working out a lot. But that correlation may exist so just keep an eye on it. Good luck dude -- accutane is a real bummer.
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    I am currently on acccutane for mild adult acne (honestly, Im just superficial..... its n or bad at all, and I dont think any other doc would have allowed me to take it but in southern CA i think they are a little more lenient.)


    I am pretty sure the amount of vit A in your multi is negligible. I am currrently on Accutane and wasnt told to stop my multi.

    I also was not told to restrict my fats on either my first course of A or my second. I think your docs concern is rooted in the fallacy that dietary cholesterol affects blood cholesterol levels. Accutane is quite rough on the liver and can cause increases in your triglycerides. I recall my total cholesterol went up to 250 the first month I was on it during my first course. Remember though, Vit A is a fat soluable vitamin, so having enough fat in your diet is very important for proper absorption.

    You might get sore joints. II have been on it less than a month and havent had this yet, but my first course I had it bad. Walked around the block one morning and a few hours later could barely get out of my car for work.

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    Drink LOTS of H2O.


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    Thanks for all the replies, everyone. My doctor said to avoid vitamin A due to possible toxicity, as accutane, though controlled, is essentially poisonous levels of vitamin A and could mess with the liver. That seems somewhat legitimate, especially if I were to take a multivitamin in addition to 80mg of accutane a day. But I likely won't be cutting out, say, broccoli.

    Though I was definitely skeptical of the cholesterol/fat-heavy foods, as there seems to be a lot of conflicting opinion regarding that.
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    Upon some further research, I found that I don't need to worry about plant sources of Vitamin A (which are beta-carotene), they can't cause vitamin A toxicity because the conversion is tightly regulated by the body. But I should still avoid the actual multivitamin.

    In addition, dietary cholesterol is somewhat weakly linked to blood cholesterol levels anyway. I think he's being hypervigilant with the fat/cholesterol business because he's probably paranoid about my lipid panel... even though I've found that overall calories matters much more. While possible, Accutane rarely increases cholesterol and triglycerides.

    Thanks again for the replies.
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