Yet another hopeful bubble burst when it's a women only cure...........
It is not a women only cure. Men can take Spiro. Just in lower doses.
Also, It is TOTALLY SAFE to take Spiro FOREVER as long as you don't have changes in potassium levels or you dont have some OTHER CONDITION that causes your kidney's to fail.
Spironolactone is a potassium sparing diuretic that is supposed to treat high blood pressure. People- EVEN MEN- take this medication for decades for blood pressure and fluid retention and don't die, or grow boobs or anything.
Makes me bananas. Spiro is not a hormone, it is not even an ACNE MEDICATION. It is an anti-hypertensive/diuretic that happens to have a side effect of androgen binding. "Binding" in medical jargon means that it attaches to EXTRA components not being used in normal body function. Therefore, if you are a male and you have EXTRA DHT it will bind to it. It will not take away the DHT you need to grow a beard, prevent breasts or maintain your manly baritone.
Sorry for my rant. Makes me crazy that people (not all, but many) take these forums as the word of the lord.
I can't tell you how many times I've said this...only to have a guy tell me that saw palmetto is going to turn him into a woman.
Glad to see that spiro works for a lot of people! The only thing that has worked for me was 8 months of roaccutane but my acne came within 3 months of finishing it. Would love to go back on it but it's not possible for me due the monthly hospital commitments
Anyway, I have a doctor's appointment tomorrow and i'm going to request a prescription of spiro. Just wondering, if in a few months it gives me clear skin, does anyone know if a daily dose of saw palmetto would be enough maintenance to keep it away, along with a daily cleansing regime of course?
Spiro is a bajillion times stronger than saw palmetto. If you need spiro in the first place I doubt saw palmetto will be able to maintain for you.
I have combined cystic acne and rosacea. My skin is now 100% clear of zits! (The rosacea is still present.)
For those of you unfamiliar with spironolactone, it is an anti-androgen.
What I do daily:
-100mg of spiro.
When I read things like this I wonder about what caused the hormonal imbalance in the first place. Did you figure out what was causing your over production of androgens? Perhaps you should have a medical evaluation to find out why. Blood tests etc.
There is some speculation that simply having a rocky puberty or chronic stress or years of prolonged intense physical activity can sensitize your androgen receptors. Once your receptors are sensitized, they respond negatively regardless of your actual androgen levels. You can have acne with sensitized receptors and low androgen levels. Or so the theory goes.
There's not a way to change the sensitivity of your receptors as far as I know. I believe they're like fat cells...fat cells can enlarge but they can't shrink. (Which is why lipo doesn't attempt to shrink the fat cells, but remove them entirely.)
Can't knock people for being people.
Well excuse me while I join the cyborg revolution.
Edited by Green Gables, 04 January 2013 - 10:59 PM.