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Irregular Bleeding From Spironolactone

Hello,

I have been on spironolactone (100 mg) for three months now. While I have not noticed a drastic improvement in my skin, I have noticed a subtle improvement and have been told to be patient with the results. Recently I have thought about discontinuing Spironolactone treatment due to irregular bleeding. I cannot be on hormonal birth control (the pill, etc.) as I am sensitive to migraines, therefore I am unable to regulate my periods this way. The past two months I have had my period twice per month, each time with a period of about week. I feel like I am bleeding more often than not. Last month my doctor gave me a 10-day course of progesterone treatment to stop the irregular bleeding, however it only worked for a short period of time before the bleeding returned.

Should I stop the Spironolactone treatment? Should I lower the dosage? (My doctor does not think a lower dosage will help, but you never know.) Does anyone have any experience with this? Any advice greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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I had two periods a month for a while on spiro and then eventually my body adjusted and i only get one period a month now. it took quite a while to regulate though and i think its a pretty common thing. i would not lower the dosage either (i take 100mg as well) just give it time.

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Thanks for the feedback. How many months did it take you to regulate? The main problem for me is persistent bleeding. Right now I am on day 10 without any sign of stopping. This is my primary concern and the main factor in why I am considering discontinuing the treatment.

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You are not a lone, I am having a very similar problem!

I have also been on spironolactone (100 mg) for a almost two months now. I have noticed drastic improvement in my skin (stopped taking an antibiotic for my skin when starting spironolacone), I have also noticed improvement with my hair growth, lost 5lb water weight and feel great on it. Except for i have not stopped spotting since i started. I cannot be on a hormonal birth control so we decided to put a coper IUD. I am also recently having thoughts about discontinuing Spironolactone treatment due to irregular bleeding or possibly lowering my dose.Before this i had no period for about 10 months. I have also started a new relationship which is going well except for the irregularity, he is great and patient but i have a great weekend planned ahead and not sure what to do to stop the bleeding! Do i jsut take half the pill today will that work? My doctor says he will stop it if i want and put me on yaz but id rather not take that option, any advise?? Should I stop the Spironolactone treatment? Should I lower the dosage or stay on it? Does anyone have any advise with this? very frustrating and confusing!

Thanks.

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i think it took at least 6 months or so. sometimes i still get later periods but i no longer get 2 a month. it was so awful. i usually get my periods for 7 days at a time so it really sucked but i think in time your body should adjust. what did the doc say? are they concerned? when you started the spiro did you take the entire 100mg from the beginning? i started at 25 and worked my way up to 100mg.

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Google "cycling spironolactone". Some people need to take spiro in a way that fits with their menstrual cycle to avoid the regulation problem.

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On 5/14/2014 at 7:32 PM, tracy521 said:

I had two periods a month for a while on spiro and then eventually my body adjusted and i only get one period a month now. it took quite a while to regulate though and i think its a pretty common thing. i would not lower the dosage either (i take 100mg as well) just give it time.

Did you acne settle down ? And how long did it take for your spotting to settle down ?? 

Did you have an initial breakout on Spironolactone? When did you see results 

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On 5/25/2019 at 12:20 AM, Vall23 said:

Did you acne settle down ? And how long did it take for your spotting to settle down ?? 

Did you have an initial breakout on Spironolactone? When did you see results 

yes it did. it's been about 6 years and 6 months that i have been taking spiro. best decision i ever made. 

i was already breaking out really badly and going for weekly kenalog injections so when my derm suggested it to me again (she mentioned it about 2 years before that) i decided to try it. i kept breaking for about another 2 months then begged the derm for keflex since i had a few friends that took it and had good luck with their acne so i got that and took it for a while then slowly weaned off and have been clear since. i still take 100mg - 50mg morning and night. 

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