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  1. It all depends on what manufacturer you get it from; most likely you are getting a generic version of the drug since that's what insurance companies prefer. The pharmacy I use switches generics of spiro on me all the time, and sometimes I get oblong or circular minty-scented pills and sometimes I get circular pills that smell awful (although I'm not sure I'd describe it as smelling like marijuana).
  2. $350 per scar? That's a lot more than my derm charges, and he's at Scripps Hospital which is pretty well-known. He was only charging me $600 per treatment for my whole face and I'm pretty badly scarred all over my cheeks.
  3. My dermatologist quoted me $600 per treatment and estimated two treatments would be needed, and I am heavily scarred all over my cheeks.
  4. That's not bad at all comparatively speaking. You should see how many giant scars I have like that...I don't have any acne anymore thanks to spironolactone, but my cheeks are littered with tons of scars.
  5. Here is a link to information about spironolactone on the FDA website in case anyone wants to read the risk information from a reliable source: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyI...s/ucm121173.htm Spironolactone is by no means a new drug, and has been used for decades to treat heart conditions and endocrine disorders. In all this time, there has been no compelling evidence of the drug causing a significant increase in cancer risk in humans, despite causing cancer in lab rats. This pap
  6. I don't think so...I take one 100 mg pill once a day, but my doctor said that I could also split it in half and take it twice a day (morning and night) if any side effects were bothersome. It's really just a matter of keeping a constant amount in your bloodstream (therefore important to take it at the same time every day) since the pill is trying to regulate your hormone levels.
  7. I take 100 mg/day. I didn't get the prescription from a dermatologist though, I got it from an endocrinologist, who determined that my skin was going crazy due to PCOS (which was why antibiotics and topical stuff like Retin-A weren't doing a darn thing to help).
  8. Bumble and Bumble makes spray dry shampoos for different hair colors—reds, blonds, black, white, and brown. Somewhat pricey, but they deposit some color which is nice: http://www.bumbleandbumble.com/product/spp...;PRODUCT_ID=209
  9. Awww, thanks! Unfortunately I have a lot of scars left over, but they're not *too* noticeable from a distance. I'm debating whether or not to get the scars taken care of. That's actually quite a common "side effect"—not that any girl's going to complain about that! Glad to hear it's working well for you!
  10. I'm on spiro without birth control because every BCP I tried made me a weepy emotional mess, and alone it's worked just fine for me. Birth control is usually prescribed in conjunction with spiro because it can make your periods irregular, and not necessarily to help your skin. As embarrassed as I am with my "before" picture, here is a "before" and "after" picture of my skin after using only spiro for about 4 months. I am not wearing any makeup in either image, so you can see the skin as it re
  11. I'm on spiro without birth control because every BCP I tried made me a weepy emotional mess, and alone it's worked just fine for me. Birth control is usually prescribed in conjunction with spiro because it can make your periods irregular, and not necessarily to help your skin. (I put this same reply in the other thread you posted in as well in case it helps anyone else.)
  12. My dermatologist refused to prescribe spiro, but I had been referred to an endocrinologist due to some of the derm's blood test results and they found that my acne was being caused by polycystic ovary syndrome, so the endocrinologist rather than the dermatologist prescribed spiro for me. Whether spiro will work for you or not depends on if your acne is hormonal or not---which is something your dermatologist should do a blood test for. I'm nearing month 4 on spiro and my skin is 95% cleared up
  13. I just purchased the Temptu airbrush machine from Sephora ($225, which seems expensive but if you think about how much you can spend on multiple nice brushes from M.A.C. then it's not *too* bad)---right now if you use the promo code "TEMPTU" at checkout you get two free foundation packs for it, which normally cost $55! All of the reviews I've come across for it have been glowing. Once it arrives I'll be sure to post a before and after pic, since all of the demos you see from the company on YouTu
  14. Definitely not me, although that would have been nice!
  15. I've been on spiro for a little over a month now and I'm already definitely noticing a difference in my skin. Others have commented on it as well. The only major side effect that I'm running into is fatigue---I am exhausted all the time, but I think that is probably made worse because I have an autoimmune disorder that makes me kind of tired all the time anyway. One positive side effect so far was during my period: I have endometriosis that is so bad I spend my entire period trying not to throw
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