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Stopping Spironolactone, What To Expect?

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I'm stopping Spironolactone in a few days. My prescription ran up, and I'm so tired of having to go to the dermatologist once every month to get a new Rx. I have a high co-pay, and I'm over it. Anyway, I'm currently 100% clear and I'm terrified to mess something up :(. Will stopping cause my skin to start breaking out again?

I'm currently still on:

Birth control (Tri Nessa)

Tazorac 0.05%

Finacea


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I've read about people breaking out when they stop spiro, but you're still on birth control so that may help regulate your hormones enough to prevent a breakout.

I think it's best you ask your dermatologist

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i wonder why your derm wont write you for 6 months of the med? my derm does mine in 6 month intervals that way i dont have to keep coming back. did you ask about that? i would be leary quitting spiro maybe try cutting your dose in a half for a while to see what happens and then go from there.

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I agree with all of the above. My old derm once stopped my spiro and I broke out after several months...but I wasn't doing anything else and when I was on spiro I was breaking out anyway (less but still happening). Since spiro works by blocking androgens the effects of starting or stopping it take a long time (months).

The other meds you're on may keep you clear eneough. Will be an interesting experiment. I plan to wean off spiro eventually as I really think the other things I'm doing now will keep me clear. I'm a bit of a chicken tho so I'll wean off very very slowly.

Good luck! Tell us how it goes!


Diagnosis - Cystic acne and papulopustular rosacea
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Morning - Panoxyl 10% Cleanser (BP), Cleocin-T, DML Lotion, Physician's Formula SPF 30 Mineral Pressed Powder, Spiro 50 mg (weaning off)

Night - Panoxyl 4% Cleanser, DML Lotion

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i wonder why your derm wont write you for 6 months of the med? my derm does mine in 6 month intervals that way i dont have to keep coming back. did you ask about that? i would be leary quitting spiro maybe try cutting your dose in a half for a while to see what happens and then go from there.


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I was on spiro and it significantly brought my cystic breakouts down (chin, jaw, neck) and I did breakout after I quit but I hated taking something systemic and got sick of peeing all of the time so I went for tretinoin cream .05 to also help fine lines and my scarring/tone; I have had AMAZING success with it. And I don't have to deal with electrolyte labs or being cut off eventually. Just wanted to throw that out there!

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It's been about 10 days since I stopped taking spiro. I completely stopped wearing makeup in order to give it a fair trial. I only wore makeup once or twice a week anyway, so it's not that big of a change. I just didn't want to have anything interfere.

So far, I've just had one or two whiteheads that went away quickly. Maybe this is just me being weird, but I feel like my face looks redder and sort of splotchy since I've stopped taking it.

On a non-skin related note, my self esteem has taken a drastic downward spiral. I just feel like my face looks puffy and odd. I don't know if that's a side effect of stopping the medicine, but I figured it was worth mentioning. If anyone who has stopped taking spiro has experienced this, please let me know. And let me know if it goes away! I feel like crawling under a rock.


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So sorry you're going through this! Hang in there. Can you speak with your derm about the increased redness and puffiness? It seems more like a reaction to a topical than stopping spiro. Have you changed anything else in your regime...even maybe washing a bit more roughly? Sounds like you have extremely sensitive skin...and if so then any little change, especially topically can make a big difference. Double check diet too and aim for a low inflammatory one...a calming diet (avoid spicy foods, hot foods, go for whole fresh versus junk). This will help your skin to calm down too as anything happening with digestion (inner skin) can also affect the outer skin and inflame things. Hope this helps!


Diagnosis - Cystic acne and papulopustular rosacea
Status - 98% clear

Morning - Panoxyl 10% Cleanser (BP), Cleocin-T, DML Lotion, Physician's Formula SPF 30 Mineral Pressed Powder, Spiro 50 mg (weaning off)

Night - Panoxyl 4% Cleanser, DML Lotion

Monthly - Professional microdermabrasion

Diet - Whole high nutrient unprocessed foods. Avoid oils, dairy, sugars, bread, nuts, alcohol, caffeine, spicy and fermented foods.

Supplements - Opti l-zinc, Citrical + D3, selenium, D

Daily - Walk, breath deeply, meditate and do yoga daily, wear hats for sun protection


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So sorry you're going through this! Hang in there. Can you speak with your derm about the increased redness and puffiness? It seems more like a reaction to a topical than stopping spiro. Have you changed anything else in your regime...even maybe washing a bit more roughly? Sounds like you have extremely sensitive skin...and if so then any little change, especially topically can make a big difference. Double check diet too and aim for a low inflammatory one...a calming diet (avoid spicy foods, hot foods, go for whole fresh versus junk). This will help your skin to calm down too as anything happening with digestion (inner skin) can also affect the outer skin and inflame things. Hope this helps!


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