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"I've never heard of using Spironolactone for acne!"

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I came off dianette 2 months ago, my skin has gone back to the way it was before and with the added bonus of it spreading to my shoulders, neck and chest. Not to mention the sudden extended bikini line, coarse dark and rapid hair growth on my legs and also I can't believe I'm sharing this but 3 dark coarse hairs sprouting from my left nipple :redface:

So I had a doctors appointment today - I am one of those annoying patients who research their conditon a million times and look for a suitable medication then go to my doc and ask for it.

Well today I asked him about spironolactone, after doing research on it (weighing up the pros and cons) I decided I wanted to go on it as I have typical hormonal acne. All he did was give me a suprised expression and said "I've never heard of using spironolactone for acne" then he looked it up in his little book which of course said nothing about it. I explained that there was a lot of women on it and that after typing it on google, it was on wikipedia (among other sites) saying it was used to treat heart conditons, high blood pressure, hirsutism and acne in women and that it was given to males in the process of changing gender to female. I should of printed my research off but my printer is broken atm. :wall:

After explaining this he said he would never put me on it and that he highly doubt a dermatoligist would either. He didn't even look it up in his computer! :(

I'm so disappinted.

Instead he prescribed me a new BCP - Marvelon; which seems to be the one they put everyone on after dianette or yasmin. He also gave me some antibiotic lotion which I have forgotten the name of. Arrghhh I feel so deflated - I was excited about spironolactone.

Am I being a mega bitch or is my doctor living in the stone age?

Anyone been on Marvelon?

Thanks

Hannah x

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Hmm, ask your derm. Mine didn't know anything about it until I printed out tons of documents, always talked about it, and was annoying in general about it.. I am glad I did though, because my skin looks incredible now after 2.5 months on it, in comparison to how awful it was preciously... Def don't let them stop you from your clear skin journey because of their ignorance. Keep going and asking and they'll have to consider when you give them research evidence of how well it works for hormonal acne! :)

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Yeah, unforunately Spiro is one of those drugs that is used off label for acne so many doctors do not know about it. You should get a second opinion from another doctor. You can always call ahead and see if they use Spiro to treat acne. That will save you a lot of hassle.

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Hi - I posted 2 days ago about Spironolactone but can't navigate this site to find it..i am listed as "jame4" - find my indepth post please! Get a new Derm. 30 years and 3 accutante cycles later and SPIRONOLACTONE IS THE ANSWER TO YOUR PRAYERS. I am like a new person. my skin is gorgeous. I researched it and asked my derm and she said we would give it a try before Accutane again...it is unreal the difference. Yes, it is for high blood pressure but if you are female and older than a teenager your acne is probably hormonal...run don't walk to a derm that will take you seriously.

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It's really not your md's fault. To be fair, he is not a derm, so he wouldn't likely know about its uses for acne. A lot of derms don't even know.

Definitely go to a derm and call ahead like someone here said. Try to print out stuff if you can't find a derm who uses it.

You're not being a bitch, you're just frustrated because you aren't supposed to know more than a MD, but it's not his specialty, so try to get over it.

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JellyBeans my primary care doc prescribed spiro for me and actually is the one who suggested it. But I think she is just up to date on things. So Find a derm find another MD go to an endocrinologist. Print out stuff.. and get the script you're not being a bitch this stuff works.. and well Doctors need to stay up to date with all the newest research.. You'll find someone to prescribe it just keep trying!!

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Spiro is working for me. I'm am male, and have been on it for about a year now. I had never heard of it until Derm suggested it. Once she told me the name, I got on the internet and did a lot of research. It seems to work great for acne.

Jn.

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I printed off tons of information and was like "Here, GIVE ME THIS!". But, in a more pleasant manner of course. My regular doctor gave me the prescription after I took my blood test. She wanted to know if I truly needed Spiro. The results came back and she was like your hormones are out of wack. Ha, no kidding genius! Look at my face! Of course they are out of wack! Lol. Well, just be more aggressive about it. Print things off since the doctor is unaware. Educate him/her. I like how you look up stuff for yourself. I do the same. We are pretty smart like that. If your doctor still refuses to give you a prescription, then find a better one. Best of luck. Someone is bound to give you a prescription for it. Try to start at 50 mg.

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I got this song and dance from several doctors, and I wanted it for the peach fuzz starting to grow on my face, plus my thinning head hair and having to shave my body hair twice a day (I am only 34)...clearing the acne would have been an added bonus! I am absolutely pissed off, fuming! One said my hormones were fine. I say they are not "fine" for me. My testosterone is within normal limits right on the cut-off of being high, not only that but many female doctors think that they have that level set too high for women.

Another said they will not prescribe it because my fuzz is not "dark enough" to put myself at risk for the tumors that it has caused in rats. WTF. (I can pull it now with my fingers, it is getting thicker) I would rather get a tumor than have a beard. She said she would be willing to try Accutane if this new anti-biotic does not help and I think Accutane has worse side effects than Spiro. Why do doctors wait until things get out of control before they will give u something that is shown to work? Hell mine will not prescribe it now and the hair on my face and body is at an unacceptable level. I seen Spiro mentioned in Remedy magazine so it is becoming more mainstream and it is a cheap med. I can understand your frustration jellybeans, I really can. I am going to keep looking and I think u should as well. Another option you could try is finding a D.O. instead of an M.D. they are much more open-minded. Good luck to you. I will be curious to see how things turn out for u.

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I asked my GP for it. She is a very good GP (one in a million really - most, in my experience, are tossers) and she referred me straight to a derm. GPs are not allowed to prescribe it for acne. But I believe in the uk, if you ask to be referred to a specialist, GPs have to do it. I am not certain about this, but that's what I've been told. So my advice is to see a different doctor and just ask them to be referred to a derm.

My derm did try to put me on roaccutane instead, despite my acne being hormonal and as a result of either pcos or coming off DIANETTE. (I went through the same thing coming off it btw and yes, I sprouted nipple pubes too). But luckily she was in a rush so hastily prescribed me the spiro, and my doctors have arranged regular blood tests for me so that's good.

Good luck if you try again.

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My Derm must be full of crap then because she told me they usually leave the Spiro to the "other doctors" (whoever the "others" are) and referred me back to my GP.

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Yes she does sound full of crap. My doc told me that GPs cannot prescribe it for acne because it's not licensed for use in acne, or words to that effect. My derm was happy to prescribe it, and I'm sure many endos would prescribe it too.

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My doc told me that GPs cannot prescribe it for acne because it's not licensed for use in acne, or words to that effect.

I was told the same by my GP. Sorry, I wanted spiro too, but your doctor isn't living in the stone age. Medicines and the health service seem very different over in America.

Keep trying what your GP prescribes and if you don't find something that works, you should be referred to a dermatologist.

Best of luck.

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Gp's can rx it, but usually it's derms, because they have usually heard of it being used for acne.

You should call around and ask derms if they have experience rx-ing it. If they do, you make an appt. If not, do the same with endos.

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Very cheap. I can't remember exactly, but I think less than $15 a month. Considering how well it works and how expensive other things are, this is a bargain :)

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I took Spiro but It did nothing for me. I took it for about a year. I am currently on week 2 of 60 MG of Accutane. My Derm said Spiro actually really does work for a lot of people without many side effects! It comes in a generic too so it is pretty cheap.

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