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#21 cin110

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Posted 27 September 2004 - 10:52 PM

I've been on Aldactone (spiro) since July. I started at 50mgs. and now I'm up to 100mgs. I used to get 4-5 cysts on my chin and cheeks right before my period, and since I've been on the spiro, I think I have had 2 altogether. It's so much better now. My skin is sooo much clearer since being on the spiro. I had a choice of either going on Yasmin or spiro, and since I get really bad migraines, my derm and I decided to go with the spiro. It doesn't seem to make my migraines worse at all. Does anybody know how long you can be on spiro? Do you have to take it forever or can you stop after a while? I just can't go back to that hormonal acne. It was sooo bad. Right now I don't have one cyst...Hopefully this will continue!!

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Posted 28 September 2004 - 10:18 AM

Apparently Spiro is safe to use long term...it's been around for 50 years. If you still get any sort of acne while on Spiro, the derm said you will most likely get your acne again if you go OFF of it. If popping a pill a day isn't too much of a hassle, I would stay on it Cin110.

To all of the ladies, do you all use Spiro with the bc pill or are any of you using it alone?? I use it alone and want to know if you gals have had success with Spiro on its own?? thx!

Edited by blue_eyez, 28 September 2004 - 10:47 AM.


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Posted 28 September 2004 - 11:29 AM

Cin...
I saw that, like me, you are a "victim" of migraines too! It's good to hear that yours haven't gotten any worse since taking the Spiro. That's the main thing that I am afraid of...I took BCP and got migraines (have probably tried 5 or 6 different kinds). Then I took Metformin (I'm pre-diabetic) and got migraines. It seems that ANY fluctuation of hormones will cause these stupid things so I am *fingers crossed * really hoping that Spiro will be different.

I took Spiro for a couple of months ago some time back, but stopped because my doc wanted me to try Metformin. However, when I took it then I didn't have an increase of headaches, but I'm not sure if it was just because I didn't take it long enough or because the dosage was so low. Now, it didn't seem that the Spiro was really helping my face at all (damn hormonal acne), but again I don't know if it was due to the fact that I was only taking 50mg/day. I've been reading that most ladies are taking at least 100mg if not 150mg and up.

Anyway, I hope it keeps working for you and please keep updating to let us know smile.gif Wish me luck because I'm going to my doc today to see if I should give Spiro another try.
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Posted 28 September 2004 - 06:14 PM

blue eyez...I take it alone...no birth control with it because of my migraines. I started out at 50 mgs but my derm just upped it to 100 mgs because I was still getting a few cysts around my period, but nothing like I did when I was not on the spiro. I'll see how the 100 mgs. works...I have a feeling it's going to be great! So far, so good...I'll keep you posted

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Posted 28 September 2004 - 10:06 PM

I take Ortho Lo, but not for acne, although my derm said it should help anyway. I have read on a lot of sites that taking Spiro w/ BCP is good because of Spiro's side effect of causing irregular periods or bleeding in between periods and the BCP can help with that.

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Posted 29 September 2004 - 11:20 AM

Shortee: it's been about 3 weeks for you on Spiro right? are you noticing a big difference yet? i went to the dr yesterday and she told me i will see the most improvement at the 2 month point....i just need to be patient i suppose!

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Posted 29 September 2004 - 08:56 PM

I am seeing a difference, especially in my oily skin. I wouldn't say I'm seeing a 'big' difference as far as acne goes. I am seeing less and they tend to be smaller, but after 3 weeks I wouldn't say that my breakouts have diminished considerably as I have always had at least 1 since I started on it. Right now I have 2, looks like another typical pre-period breakout.

Very cool to hear about your doc saying 2 months....I guess I am almost half way there! If Ortho Lo was going to do anything for my skin I should be noticing that by now as well, since it's been 4 months I guess now since I started on that. BCP's never really did much for me before, but I was glad to hear they might keep me from having between period problems caused by the Spiro.

Best of luck to you blue_eyez!!!

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Posted 29 September 2004 - 11:45 PM

I was on 100 mg a day, but I switched to 50 because my skin was getting a little too dry.. It seems to have gotten better since I went down. I think the scalp dryness is calming down too. One thing I forgot to mention... Even though I'm on Ortho Tri-Cyclen along with the Spiro, I've had spotting for like an entire month without ever getting an actual period.. So that's weird.

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Posted 30 September 2004 - 08:52 AM

Well, I went to see my doc and she pretty much gave me 2 choices...Spiro or Accutane. I hadn't even thought about Accutane (I'm a scaredy cat), but she told me that she took a round a couple of years ago and her face is FLAWLESS so I'm debating if it's something that I should consider.

However, I'm going to see what all the Spiro can do first and started taking it again 2 days ago. She started me at 50mg, but I think I'm going to bump it up to 100mg in a couple of days. Now, I've read that Spiro is much more effective for reducing acne if it's at least 150mg per day. Do you ladies find that this is the case as it seems that many of you are only on 50mg - 100mg?

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Posted 30 September 2004 - 10:30 AM

theresasix: I think 150mg is too much. 100mg is sufficient. If you want to avoid major side effects, i would stick with 100mg. Your skin will get really, really dry with 150 mg, and your mensrual cycle might go seriously out of whack....remember it takes about 2 months to see the results, Accutane isnt an over night cure either, so be PATIENT!!

Shortee: i keep reading your diary so keep us posted on your progress!!

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Posted 30 September 2004 - 05:04 PM

Blue...
Thanks for the advice! I went ahead and took 100mg today...I would have waited longer if I had any bad side affects from the med, but so far so good. I know...I AM being very impatient wink.gif

Shortee...
I would like to read your updates on your progress with Spiro as well!
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Posted 03 October 2004 - 10:50 AM

I was just writing in my Spiro journal about an upped dosage. I think my derm will bump me to 100mg if I continue to breakout before my period, which I am doing right now!!! He told me that if he was going to bump me to 100mg that he would want to run a blood test first and make sure my potassium isn't too high. Right now I am taking 100mg/day (50mg X2/day), so if I was upped, it would be to 200mg/day, or maybe just to 150mg. I don't go back in for another checkup until Nov./Dec., but I'll be sure to let you guys know what he decided for me and what new side effects I can expect from the higher dose.

Kelin ~ That is weird, but it doesn't surprise me w/ Spiro. Did this happen the first month that you took Spiro? My first period on Spiro was totally out of whack. This month I haven't had any problems yet, but my period is supposed to start next week, so we'll see how that goes. I hope that that stops for you, I know how annoying it can be!!

Thanks everyone for reading my journal! I try to update everyday, but now that school is in it will be harder for me to do that. I don't see that much difference from one day to the next, but I will try to update several times a week if not every day. Take care, girls!!

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Posted 04 October 2004 - 01:01 PM

It's been officially two weeks for me and I have noticed some difference in my acne, although the oil production has not really changed yet. I find that my acne is healing quicker and my face isnt as red, but i think the lack of redness is due to the fact i've quit using all cream products, like after-wash BP or SA, etc. Its very irritating and I'm starting to think it makes your face look worse.

I just use my Panoxyl cleansing gel in the evening, while alternating in the AM with my Marcelle cleansing gel, which is really gentle but removes all makeup. Do any of you ladies use topical creams in conjunction with Spiro at the moment? I know Shortee does....she uses Differin.

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Posted 04 October 2004 - 02:51 PM

I am taking 200 mg daily w/no birthcontrol...skin is 100% clear. I have heard that anything under 100 mg is a waste of time, but everyone is different. If you have very stubborn hormonal acne, i would at least take 100mg daily, if not more. My skin does best on 200mg. I started on 150 mg and that worked great, but I would still get a pimple here and there and being the perfectionist that I am, i didn't want any so I upped it to 200. I have had no negative side effects while on this dosage and spiro is safe to take up to 400 mg daily.

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Posted 05 October 2004 - 03:53 PM

Ok, I just found this site and because I was searching the internet for information about spiro.

I currently take Yasmin (the obgyn said it would help w/ my very BAD pre-period breakouts) and am on the second week of my fourth month. The switch to Yasmin at first made me get small bumps in areas on my face but when I first started taking BC I remeber getting these as well and they went away once my body got "used" to the pill.

Anyway, I saw my derm and mentioned I was taking Yasmin and she said she could prescribe me 50mg of spiro to take w/ it and that will help too.

I am on my third week of taking the Spiro w/ the Yasmin and I have had a lot of cysts! Is it possible that things can get worse before they get better? First I had 4 on my forehead, now that area is clear. Then I had like 6 on the left side of my mouth, chin area and now they are subsiding as well. BUT, it's my right side's turn and I swear I woke up this morning (in my boyfriends bed - I was so embarassed AGAIN) with FOUR new HUGE ones on my right side. My doc isn't in today - has anyone else experienced a break out before a clearing?

Please reply,
I'm desperate....

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Posted 05 October 2004 - 06:32 PM

I have never takin Yasmin or any birthcontrol w/my spiro, but from my experience with spiro alone I never had an initial breakout. My skin just stopped breaking out after about 2 weeks. My oil subsided almost immediately after starting on it. I guess it could be the combination, or maybe your pill will cause your skin to get worse before it gets better. I have heard many girls on several message boards say that they acne flared up a bit when they first started on any given BCP, but eventually got better.

Hang in there and give it a while...i know it sux though sad.gif

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Posted 05 October 2004 - 07:10 PM

QUOTE(Pankins @ Oct 5 2004, 07:32 PM)
I have never takin Yasmin or any birthcontrol w/my spiro, but from my experience with spiro alone I never had an initial breakout.  My skin just stopped breaking out after about 2 weeks.  My oil subsided almost immediately after starting on it.  I guess it could be the combination, or maybe your pill will cause your skin to get worse before it gets better.  I have heard many girls on several message boards say that they acne flared up a bit when they first started on any given BCP, but eventually got better.

Hang in there and give it a while...i know it sux though sad.gif

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Thanks. I know it may take awhile. I feel like my body is so sensitive to so many things, changing BCPs has been a bit of a stir I'm sure. I didn't realize that the oil production has subsided a bit, but now that I've thought about it, I do have A LOT less oil in my hair and on my face come the end (or even the middle) of the day. I just hope in the long run, the less oil just helps with the breakouts.

One more question, I just checked my prescription and I am only taking 25mg of spiro w/ Yasmin. Does anyone know the dosage of Spiro like drugs in Yasmin? I guess I don't know how much I'm taking - maybe initially it's been too much or too little?

Thanks

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Posted 05 October 2004 - 10:30 PM

From what I have read on here and stuff it seems like 50mg doesn't do much. I'm on 100mg/day right now and probably will be up to 200mg/day in another couple of months. I hope things turn around for you soon.

Give your Yasmin & Spiro at least 3 months until you start to make a decision about changing. I know it's hard to wait that long, but it really does take a while for our bodies to adjust. Best of luck!

PS ~ I use Tazorac, actually, not Differin smile.gif

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Posted 05 October 2004 - 10:51 PM

Hello all,

Glad to see everyone is doing okay. Just a quick note, had a doctor's appointment today and he refilled my Spiro. The doctor was so proud that Spiro has cleared me up completely haha However, the birth control pill I'm on Demulen (generic Zovia) is mostly estrogen and like he warned me would cause me to gain some weight. He was right. But I'd rather have clear skin and be able to take the weight off. Just wanting to add the new progress.

Take care,
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Posted 05 October 2004 - 11:26 PM

Rae...
CONGRATS. I can only hope that I will have the same great results biggrin.gif Thanks for updating.
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