When you were on Spiro the first time, did you have any side effects? I just had my hormones tested and everything came back normal except my Testosterone...its real low..which is bizarre because I have always been really lean and gained muscle easily...I am wondering if they will want me to come off Spiro since my T is already so low. My skin is sooooooo oily though!
Sorry for the late response lifeinfaith! Yes, spiro is a miracle for acne, but... it does come with some side effects.
Before I get into them I wanted to address the low T level. I actually had low testosterone before i started on spiro. That didn't deter my dermatologist and endocrinologist. They still recommended it for my acne. And now I'm just heading into month 5 and my skin is fantastic. I barely get any pimples and when I do they are small and go away quickly. There's someone else on this forum (maybe michi?) who mentioned that even though she has low testosterone, her doctor thinks there is extra androgens in her skin. I probably wrote that wrong, but something like that. I'm sure you could search the last couple pages on the forum and find what she said.
In any case, I have low T and spiro has worked wonders! But patience is really important. And you may want to bump up your dose very gradually if you don't see improvement after 3 months. Many gals didn't see a difference at all until they found the "magic dose."
So, side effects: had to pee all the time, dry mouth, thirst, a couple UTIs because I unfortunately started to hold it in overnight. I also had some fatigue, even after 2 years on spiro. There were just good energy days (mostly good days) and low energy days. For me it was (and is) totally worth it. The emotional pain of acne is so much worse than feeling tired and thirsty.
Sending you lots of support on your journey. Keep us updated!
Is your doc ok with you not having a period? I didn't know if this could be bad for me or not. It's 10 days late at this point, maybe it'll start eventually. My estrogen was normal.
Yeah I haven't had a period since I've been on it - but I don't think it's the Spiro but rather the fact that my estrogen can't get high enough to make me ovulate. You could get your hormones checked again and see where you are in your cycle.
Were you considering going on birth control michi? I think we already talked about it, but I was in the same predicament. No period or ovulation at all for almost a year, but it was only when i went off the pill that it stopped. And it started up again as soon as I restarted the pill.
Oh yeah, I think we did talk about it. You were just a bit nervous about starting it because you had a bad experience. Totally understand. But, might be worth a try because it really does increase your risk of cancer when you don't shed your uterine lining for long periods of time. Something to talk to your doc about or maybe research.
Hi everyone, it's been a few weeks since I've chimed in and I have big exciting news! I'm about to reach 17 weeks on Spiro, so just a little over 4 months, and let me tell you my skin is looking really, really good!!! I don't think I've had an actual cyst in about 2-3 weeks. A few smaller pimples around my period last week, but everything has either gone away or surfaced in about a 24 hour period. I definitely think the people that say in can take up to 6 months are right. I have seen the most noticeable changes between 3 1/2 half months and 4. I feel fairly positive that things will only continue to improve from here!!
Now I am mostly dealing with a few residual scars and the occasional white head, but nothing like a few months ago. I have a facial in a week and a half, and I'm hoping she'll be able to extract the last few whiteheads I have. Then I can work on healing and feeling confident for my wedding and honeymoon in September!!
Also, I started using Mario Badescu products and I'm in LOVE! If anyone is interested in the products I'm using just let me know.
I just wanted to write everyone and give hope that I really do believe Spiro is working and if you can be patient, you will see results. I had a few moments where I wanted to give up, but I'm glad I didn't. Stick it out... I truly believe it is worth it and better then constantly switching regimens and waking the so called acne beast.
Woohoooo!!! My skin is looking good too! Gooo spiro. Stick with it ladies! Patience is so key with this medicine.
So happy for you Theresa!