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  1. Hi Brittney, Yes, actually, I had a few weeks maybe six months ago where I thought Spiro wasn't working anymore, but I think it was more because I wasn't taking the pills as religiously as I should. Not only do you have to take them twice a day, but you have to take them at the exact same time every day. Even now, as soon as I miss a dose or two, I start to break out. Nothing like before, but it's noticeable to me. I guess it all depends on how much you are taking. As for the increased
  2. Hi everyone, sorry it took me so long to reply. I kind of forgot about this post. First, to answer michi31's question, no, I don't plan on having children. But yes, if anyone isn't aware, spironolactone can cause serious birth defects (due to it blocking the androgen receptors in your body), so you cannot take it when you're trying to conceive. It's hard for me to tell what was the 'initial breakout' and what was just my skin being horrific. As I said in my first post, I noticed my ski
  3. I will say, I moved to Houston, TX (SO humid!) and around that time, got the worst breakout of my life. I don't think the humidity caused it necessarily, but I don't think it helped, either. Everywhere I went, it was like my face was dripping with oil/sweat/yuckiness. Gross.
  4. Drinking water is the best thing to do for scarring and redness. When I asked my dermatologist how to clear up the red marks I have, she said the only thing that is truly helpful is time. Bummer.
  5. Initially I thought I'd lost this blog, but I found it! I am going to repost what I wrote as a topic in the general forum. As you can tell from the post, I am SO HAPPY with the results of Spiro. I got my life back. Yay! I finally have some time on my hands to sit down and write this post. I was keeping a blog on here, but I hadn't updated it in a while and I guess it got deleted. My story: I hardly ever got acne when I was in high school. If I did, it was mostly on my forehead and cheek
  6. I finally have some time on my hands to sit down and write this post. I was keeping a blog on here, but I hadn't updated it in a while and I guess it got deleted. My story: I hardly ever got acne when I was in high school. If I did, it was mostly on my forehead and cheeks, but it was very mild. In my early twenties, I started noticing that I had acne pretty much all the time. It was concentrated on the lower half of my face, and sometimes between my eyebrows. I started using a lot of over t
  7. Yes, yes yes yes yes, it works!

    Works wonders. Decreases oil production Eliminates cystic acne!!!! And it's cheap w/ insurance, too! Slight dizziness in the beginning Pills taste yucky. I am amazed by my experience with spiro. I have tried so many topicals, antibiotics, levulan, blue light, etc., and my acne either always came back, or never went away to begin with. It was so frustrating. I never tried Accutane because I was sure I'd be one of the people who immediately starts breaking out again right after they get off the m
  8. I just read my previous posts back to myself, and I can honestly say the last few months have been the worst months of my life. I stopped going outside, stopped going to lunch with coworkers, stopped all my hobbies and extra curricular activities because I didn't want to be seen. I remember standing in my bathroom a few months ago, looking in the mirror, and saying out loud, 'I can't believe this is my face.' I looked so bad, I could not even look at myself most of the time. I washed my face in
  9. So I have been on spiro a little over a month. 50 mgs for the first three weeks, and for the past week and a half, I've been on 100mgs a day. Before I started spiro, my acne was not under control at all, yet it was not all over my face or anything. It was just stubborn. When I started taking doxycycline, I thought it would help, but I kept getting progressively worse. Then I added benzaclin and that made it worse, but it's because it just made my skin dry, yet also broken out and red and di
  10. I have been on 50mg spiro for three weeks now. My face is so broken out. I thought I was getting less oily, but now I'm not so sure. My hair is less oily for sure, but my face, I can't really tell anymore. The breakouts I am having are huge, disgusting whiteheads. Really sucks. All over my face except my forehead. It has gotten a little better in the past few days, but I look like a mess. I am going to the doctor this week to see if I can increase my dosage to 100mg, since that seems to be what
  11. I'm not really keeping up with the days, I think yesterday was a week on spironolactone, but this is only my third or fourth day taking the full 50mg. The good news is, I'm not experiencing any major side effects. I did start feeling a little weird a few hours after I took my morning dose the other day. I had a weird dizzy spell that lasted a split second, but then afterward I got very nervous, cold, clammy hands, etc. I can't figure out whether it was from the medicine or if I just got nervous
  12. Hi everyone! I am 28 years old and have started having all sorts of issues. Cystic acne (moderately severe, on right side of face and chin), hirsutism and my hair is falling out like crazy. I don't mean, "Oh, I think my hair might be falling out." I mean, I wake up, it's all over my pillow, it falls out on my desk at work, and in clumps in the shower. My hair is super thick, which is why it's probably not noticeable to anyone else yet, but it will get there soon enough if I don't do anything
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