Acutane, Fibromyalgia Syndrome and CFS 
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 Acutane, Fibromyalgia Syndrome and CFS

>There is a person on the FIDO CFS echo who claims that he was cured of
>CFS by taking accutane.  He also claims that you are using it in the
>treatment of Fibromyalgia Syndrome.  Are you using accutane in the
>treatment of Fibromyalgia Syndrome?


>Have you used it for CFS?

It seems to work equally well for CFS, another hint that these may be
different facets of the same underlying process.

>Have you gotten good results with it?

Yes.  The benefit is usually evident within a few days of starting it.
Most of the patients for whom it has worked well continued low-dose
amitriptyline, daily aerobic excersise, and a regular sleep schedule
(current standard therapy).  Because of the cost (usually > $150/mo.,
depending on dose) and potential for significant side effects like
corneal injury and birth defects, I currently reserve it for those who
fail conventional treatment.  It is important that the person
prescribing it have some experience with it and follow the patient

>Are you aware of any double blind studies on the use of accutane in
>these conditions?  Thank you in advance for all replies.

As far as I know, I am the only person looking at it currently.  I
should get off my duff and finish writing up some case reports.  I'm not
an academic physician, so I don't feel the pressure to publish or perish
and I don't have the time during the work day for such things.

This is patently absurd; but whoever wishes to become a philosopher
must learn not to be frightened by absurdities. -- Bertrand Russell

Mon, 09 Oct 1995 15:19:47 GMT
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