Hi! So I started Spiro a little under 3 months ago and it has worked wonders! It definitely takes time though..I didn't see much improvement till about the 2 month mark..and even that was still little improvement. But it will work eventually!
I started the spiro without any antibiotics but around the 2 month mark i just wanted to get on an antibiotic pill to clear up the remaining acne I had until the spiro really kicked in. I had been on mino before spiro and it worked wonderful for me! But then i grew resistant..so this time he prescribed me erythromycin just for a short period of time to let the spiro really kick in. I asked for Bactrim but he said it was too dangerous while on spiro..
Right now I am about 99% clear and am just dealing with alot of red marks which will hopefully fade over time! But I guess my point is that yes..I would try a low dose antibiotic for about 3 months or so until the sprio seems to really be kicking in!
I will be sure to ask about eryrthromycin if he doesn't want to give me bactrim! I am glad to hear you're having such great success!
Hi there! Just wanted to join in on this thread as I am a new user to this forum and just started posting about my journey on Spironolactone. I also started at home blue light/red light therapy and a few days ago mega does of B5 as that actually cleared up my acne many years ago. This week is the week before my period and experience a terrible initial breakout, worse than when I started Spiro. I know that this is clearing of past clogged pores, so I just need to buckle down and get through this.
My question to both of you is how long after taking antibiotics did it help with your current breakouts?
Thanks so much!!!
I'll let you know which antiobiotic I get (if he agrees to give me one at all) and update on my progress I hope you get through the initial breakout, I know how tough they can be!
CS99 - I am still working on getting a spiro prescription from my Dr. too. She is reluctant because of the potassium issues and said if she prescribed it, I would have to have blood work every 4 weeks, which is kind of a pain. She gave me Tetracycline (my second round) and Differin at my last appointment, but it is not working after 2 weeks. My first round of tetracyline was amazing. I did not have one cycle cyst the entire time. I stopped for 14 days and was right back where I started. So I think that doing an anti biotic while you wait for the spiro to work it's magic is a great idea. I have another appointment next week where I am going to insist...and if that doesn't work I will resort to begging! I am so tired of dealing with this. It was so nice when the antibiotic was working, it is amazing the kinds of things you can do when your skin is horrible and painful.
Wow, blood tests every four weeks? That's such a pain and seems a bit much. Maybe try to compromise for every 8 weeks? I've never used tetracycline but mino- and doxycycine have been total duds for me. I would love to be able to experience clearing on an antiobiotic!