Posted 27 November 2008 - 01:42 AM
whatsoever: I'm taking 100 mg. spironolactone(a.m.). In Sept., I started taking it along w/Solodyn(minocycline). After reading about the side effects inc. the "black box" warning, I was extremely hesitant to begin taking it. I'd gone to a new dermatologist for a second opinion and she offered me 2 options, a $200-$300 Obagi treatment w/5 different steps(similar to Proactiv or one of the others, i'm assuming) or Solodyn ER and spironolactone. Since I'm on a rather limited budget(lost my job and am on COBRA(insurance) which is outrageously expensive!!) However, I'm due to have surgery(Dec. 15th) to remove cysts on my ovaries & fallopian tube), I chose spiro and solo. The spiro costs $7 and I have a card(given to me by my dr.) which reduces the cost of solo from $252.02 TO $25!! Initially, I experienced several side effects from spiro(dizziness, forgetfulness, something similar to restless leg syndrome, lethargy, tiredness, sleeplessnes, etc.). When I returned to my new dr. office w/my concerns(also swelling above and below my eyes, my eyelids, seeping eyes)she insisted it was due to eyebrow waxing. When I called her office w/concerns about the symptoms I was experiencing, her nurse accused me of not following the dr. instructions to the letter!! The last time I visited her office she dismissed me as her patient, stating I had too many issues(upcoming surgery, no job, depressed)and she wasn't equiped to deal w/them!! I returned to my former derm and he has no issues w/cont. to treat me. Sorry, I went into so much detail!! I have been taking the spiro now for over 2 months and I have seen improvement in my skin. BTW: I'm also applying Atralin Gel 0.05% 1x/day in the evening and washing my face w/Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser. I'm very concerned about losing my hair which is another side effect, I'm experiencing!! Both Solodyn and spiro have many, many side effects. I'm hoping to wean myself off of both meds. after my Dec 22nd derm follow-up appt. In 43 yrs. of dealing w/acne, I've tried a variety of treatments and I'm tired of taking meds.!! Please message me if you have any other questions. There are others who have posted about taking spiro. It takes a few months to notice results according to dr. and other people who regularly post here. I'm counting down the days until I quit taking this s**t!!!!