I started to see results, however, my dermatologist prescribed me Spiro 25 mg because he saw a "hormonal element" to my acne, which I can totally agree with. My body is very sensitive to birth control, so this was the only other option for me. I was very hesitant to take it because of its warnings about potassium levels getting too high, irregular heartbeat, etc. But I have also seen so many women happy with this drug, so I decided to give it a try.
Within the first week or so I started to see some improvement in my acne; my skin started to clear up although it was a little dry, but that was no problem because I knew that was a part of the process. I was becoming so excited and thanking God for this 'miracle drug', as others have called it.
I also read about a dreadful initial breakout that many women experienced within the first month. Well, my skin has been getting a bit worse now 3 weeks into the Spiro. It's discouraging, but what's more is the awful side effects I've been experiencing.
I work out 5-6x a week and watch what I eat very carefully, but I feel flabbier somehow. My breasts have gone up about a cup size and a half, which I don't mind, but my pants are starting to feel tight as well. I'm already pear shaped and I've struggled with my weight since puberty, so this is really upsetting for me although I'm a healthy 5'4 and 120 lbs. Since this medication has an anti-androgenic effect, I hope this doesn't equate to muscle wasting despite my workout efforts. It seems like no matter how hard I workout, I've been losing muscle tone.
I feel bloated all the time, have bad cramps, and my period is a little late (common side effect). Other physical side effects include being dizzy at times and constantly feeling tingly pressure in my legs/feet.
I should note that I am clinically depressed, which I'm being treated for and have tried 3 different anti-depressants within the past 3 months. I feel so moody now with the Spiro though; I'm an emotional roller coaster, cry multiple times daily, and am having suicidal thoughts. I feel less motivated overall. Could this be from excess estrogen and less testosterone? I'm a complete mess with this medication, and I was hoping to hear someone else's experience. Sorry this post is so long; I appreciate you taking time to read this and share your story.
Best wishes to everyone in their acne journey,
Edited by flowerchild94, 28 September 2013 - 10:15 PM.