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Member Since 06 Dec 2012
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In Topic: Weight Changes With Spiro

02 July 2013 - 10:17 PM

I experienced some weight gain when I transitioned up to 100mg. It freaked me out a little bit. What I found helped was:


1. ALWAYS take spiro with a full meal.

2. Take spiro with breakfast and lunch. Your thyroid and androgen levels are highest in the morning. DO NOT take spiro after 3pm.

3. Make sure you are not eating too much potassium (eating a lot of bananas, certain other fruits and veggies, dairy because most dairy is fortified with potassium). Spiro is a potassium-sparing diuretic and affects your electrolytes. If you have too much potassium circulating around you will feel really bloated because of the electrolyte imbalance. Cut back on potassium-rich foods. Full list of potassium rich foods

4. Give it some time. The 5-6 pounds I gained eventually came off when I made the changes listed above. My face is a little softer, but honestly I'm getting compliments left and right, and I'm realizing that my face was too angular, almost masculine before. My boobs remained about a half cup size bigger. My thighs and stomach feel the same as before. 


Also, wild shot in the dark, but you don't happen to be taking any sleeping aids with melatonin in them are you? Melatonin is a hormone and can cause weight gain like nobody's business, but most people don't realize how powerful it is


Wow, thanks for tip 1 and the bit about melatonin. I never really thought about those two facts. I always find your posts to be so helpful, thank you!!!

In Topic: Shawna's Spironolactone Log

04 June 2013 - 02:10 PM

Again, my success is continuing. In the last 3 months I have had maybe 2 or three minor blemishes and zero cysts! Scarring and hyper-pigmentation is fading slowly, but well. I've been continuing using Argain Oil, 150mg of Spironolactone, and 3 days a week of tretinoin gel.


It seems like I can do whatever I want to my skin as long as I stay on the spironolactone. To help fade scars and keep my pores small and clear I use CeraVe foaming wash and moisturizer. Occasionally I will use a cleanser with glycolic acid or salicylic acid, never scrubs, to help exfoliate. I try and treat my skin as gently as possible. 


I am really happy with everything and I hope the best for all the women who are also going this route!


In Topic: Weight Changes With Spiro

29 April 2013 - 11:55 AM

I have been on 150mg Spiro for 6 months and my weight has not changed at all. 

In Topic: Shawna's Spironolactone Log

29 April 2013 - 11:08 AM

I have had continued success. My scars are getting much better and breakouts are just about non-existant. Hoping the best for all of you who are also going the Spiro route! 


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In Topic: Shawna's Spironolactone Log

29 April 2013 - 10:35 AM

Did you have a bad initial break out due to spiro



No, but I did have an initial breakout when I started using Tretinoin (aka Retin-A).