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Blood Test Yesterday...

I got blood drawn yesterday. The phlebotomist was nearly incompetent. She jabbed with the butterfly needle right into my flesh and starts moving it around. Excruciating! She also suggested that I may be running low on blood. Ridiculous. I offered her my other arm and she still couldn't find a vein. Finally she poked around and pierced one and took my blood. The test is for my potassium levels to see if my dose of spironolactone can be increased. Fingers crossed! I really want to switch to a more hormonally based treatment because I take so much antibiotics to stay clear. I really need to try some other options. My skin is still clear though constantly red. I live with the red face as long as I have no acne. Anyways my regimen is still the same:

amoxicillin & cephalexin




topical clindamycin lotion


I got my test results: Component/ Standard Range/ Your Value

POTASSIUM/ 3.5 - 5.3 mmol/L /3.6

My dermatologist e-mailed me after I asked her to increase my dose. She agreed. She will send it directly to my pharmacy!! YEAH!!

It may be unclear from how I posted the results since the formatting was dropped when I cut and pasted it from my health insurance website account. But normal potassium level is between 3.5-5.3. My potassium level is 3.6, which is normal.

I am now on 50mg a day. I hope to get to 200mg a day. Fingers crossed!


Hey, good regimen. I think that a lot of antibiotics used for a lot of time couldn't be a permanent cure and that this use could damage the body in general (My doctor said it to me about a long use of oral antibiotics)

So it could be good to minimize antibiotics' use.

In particular, what is spironolactone ? And how does topical clindamycin work for you? I would like to use it..

I wish u the best :)

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Spironolactone is a diuretic first. It is used primarily to control high blood pressure. It has a "side effect" that it blocks androgen receptors. Androgens are hormones like testosterone that are implicated in the causes of acne vulgaris.

Topical clindamycin is indispensable to my regimen. It eliminates small white heads. the antibiotics control any cysts and make them disappear or never form. But the spironolactone is already reducing my face's oil production.

"Overactive oil glands are believed to be responsible for acne and inflammation as they promote bacterial growth. Under such circumstances, a hormone stabilizing drug like Spironolactone can help bring the situation under control. It effectively blocks the androgen receptors of the oil glands and in doing so, stops the triggering effect caused by abnormal levels of testosterone. Blocking of androgen receptors reduces the volume of oil production and consequently, discourages the growth of various bacteria, including the P. acne bacterium which causes acne." See http://www.holisticacnetreatments.com/spironolactone-and-acne.html

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Hey how long after starting Spiro did you have to do a blood test? I asked my gynae about checking my bloods for hyperkalemia after starting it two weeks ago and she said its not a problem to worry about! But I am worried!

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My dermatologist is really good and really smart. I'll start there. Before I could start spironolactone I had a battery of blood tests; including pregnancy and everything else. After I passed the first battery of tests I was given a dosage of 25mg per day. After 30days I had to take another blood test. I did that today and it was a blood potassium level test. I passed and will begin a higher dose tomorrow. One thing I read about spiro that you may find helpful is that we should avoid potassium rich foods like bananas. I skipped a banana this morning even though I was hungry.

P.S. I love the name "acne hater". I too am an acne hater! I hate acne and use every medication I get prescribed. I take a half dozen meds just for acne. Spiro is just the newest addition to my regimen.

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