UPDATE: Month 2/ Week 6:
Spiro 50/63mg + Isotrex Combo
Well, been just over a month now and in this second month I have added another half tablet to the two 25mg spiro tablets that I take in the morning to aid the progress. This makes about 63mg and I've found it has helped my skin become less oily. I am pleased to say it has helped and even throughout the tiredness I carried on exercising consistently, plus drinking more water, which has helped me feel more healthier in general.
I don't have any cysts or inflammed spots at all now, just the comedones and blocked pores etc.. So hopefully the Isotrex will help, but I feel it's too early to comment on the topical as Isotrex generally takes months to show any effect. At the moment, sometimes it makes my skin red from where I applied it the night before and also I get peeling on the areas too which makes make up look cakey when I apply it on top to cover the redness. I'm trying to use it every night to speed up the initial outbreak period and just getting my skin used to it again. I've found less is definetely more though so be careful never to slather on too much.
So far, the side effects have only been feeling tired and thirsty. I sweat more easily too. I'm usually drenched after 45 mins on the treadmill! I get a lot of headaches too which don't go away easily even with paracetamol. I just have a lie down and it fades away slowly. I've noticed I feel quite nauseus sometimes too, so it reduces my appetite on those days.
I've had my period fine and on time this month and as expected it was a lot lighter whilst on spiro. If I take higher doses I've found it can stop my period altogether so will avoid taking more than 50mg when it's that time of the month.
I was worried that my hair would start shedding more like it did last time I started spiro, but it's not been too bad this time. I also make sure I take a daily vitamin called Perfectil, with iron and b vitamins and biotin etc, so maybe that helps too. Best thing is no hives! Glad my bodies accepting the spiro and I'll make sure I don't shock my body but upping the dose too soon like last time. No rashes or pin point/hive spots so all good.
I've been avoiding drinking whilst on spiro as well as I find it increases my chance of getting hives or some type of rash on my skin. Even if I miss that dose on the day I have drinks I don't want to risk it. I've read others drink whilst on it without problems but for me it's best I don't.
Mentally, I've felt a lot more relaxed and again I've found I have this affinity for babies and anything maternal lol. Spiro definitely makes me less aggressive and moody. I don't know if I'm just tired but I feel different. Either way, I prefer it to being moody and easily peed off like I am without it. I just feel more feminine and relaxed if you know what I mean.. Like I'm not so bothered about being assertive and getting my point across. If someone annoys me, I just walk away rather than stay and argue. I also cry quite easily but it's more happy or soppy tears rather than being upset.
Overall, I have seen some improvement, and my skin feels a lot more smoother and supple. However, I'd like it to reduce my oil a bit further, clearing my skin more and will wait a few more weeks or months for the spiro to work it's magic. Anyway, that's all I can think of at the moment.
Good luck to anyone also using spiro or Isotrex. Hope this blog helps anyone reading.
God bless & Ciaoo x