Drug question-Aldactone

My dermatologist wants me to try this for my hormonal acne issues.
Does anyone have any experience using this for acne?
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I took it briefly. It's also called spiranolactone. It didn't help my acne at all, and it gave me a really good case of sore breasts. I stopped taking it. My derm had wanted me to try "everything" before giving me Accutane. So, I went through the littany: antibiotics, topicals, spiranolactone and finally Accutane...Accutane was the only thing that worked. I wished I had taken Accutane decades earlier. My life would have been so different.
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I have been on Spironolactone for about 7 years or more due to PCOS. Right after I started taking it, I developed esophogeal reflux and more gas. I eventually developed (non-h pylori) gastritis, which is listed as one of the side effects. It is very painful, and embarrassing, and keeps coming back. I had taken a ppi with this for a long time, to help manage the symptoms, but I think those have aluminum in them, and now I'm scared I have heavy metal poisioning...but I'm still in severe pain and have severe digestive issues.

From another thread, I know you have some stomach issues already (as I did), so I wouldn't recommend it. It works for me in that it reduces oil, but I wouldn't think that would be a good thing for an older person.

I must say that I also have dry skin, and that my skintone turned a little yellowish after taking this. I also developed sunken dark circles which probably wouldn't be as bad without this. I take 100 mg 2x daily (I started with 50), but can't seem to get off of them without breaking out. I'm gonna keep trying.
I believe that you have to be careful if you have any kidney problems or diabetes. Also, I think (but am not sure about this) that it can exacerbate excess hair? The kidney/diabetes I am sure about --

I had no results from this when I took it. I did have wonderful results from Accutane. Loved it and didn't have the side effects (e.g., excessive dryness) associated with it. Never had another single breakout on my back, chest or arms after I took it, and only a few on my face.
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I took Aldactone quite a few years ago and it was very helpful with my acne. I always felt quite uneasy taking it because of many of the side effects the others have mentioned. I never actually HAD any side effects but it did make me extremely thirsty (that concerned me about what was going on inside) and I did worry about my potassium levels.

I could not (would not) take Accutane because of a pre-existing condition but I now take Yaz to control my acne (and for PMDD) and it works even better than the Aldactone did.
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it can exacerbate excess hair?
not so, I'm taking it along with Metformin to reduce androgen excess caused facial hair and cystic acne. It's slowed/reduced the facial hair quite a lot. I take 100mg/2x/day.
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Ah, I must have remembered it exactly bassackwards!
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I took it briefly to try for PCOS symptoms, but I didn't like all of the side effects and potential long-term issues, so I stopped taking it. Wasn't worth it to me.
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We discussed it once here. It made my skin so much less oily and I lost 5 lbs. I'm still a little wary of it though.
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Thanks for the info.
I have already decided not to take it.
My acne isn't even that bad,actually.
Yeah-I hate breakouts and they are hormone related-the only time I EVER had zits was right before my period-now that they are sporadic,so is the acne.
My skin is dry-not oily and I have migraines so am worried about dehydration as it can be a trigger for me.
Honestly,I don't think my new dermatologist takes enough time with me and is too quick to just prescribe something.
I have been on all kinds of acne meds since spring,and only the eczema lotion he gave me works.
I will plug away at it without the aldactone.
When I hit menopause it may clear up for me!
Thanks again
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Sorry if this sounds obvious, but have you tried the pill? A friend of mine has been on 'Diane 35' for years and it has helped her acne immensely.
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Sorry if this sounds obvious, but have you tried the pill? A friend of mine has been on 'Diane 35' for years and it has helped her acne immensely.
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I never even had acne as a teen or in my twenties.
I had an issue with hormonal breakouts in my 30's,used Proactiv for 12 years with fantastic results-my skin was great.
Last year around this time,I had to stop using Proactiv because my skin began to change when I started missing periods.
I took BC pills when I was young and hated it.
I know they are different now,but I won't take them at this stage in my life-47 and almost menopausal.
Ireally don't have a LOT of acne,but the ones I get aren't pretty.
I will keep trying one thing or another!
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Sorry if this sounds obvious, but have you tried the pill? A friend of mine has been on 'Diane 35' for years and it has helped her acne immensely.
Originally Posted by mdrb
I started taking Yaz when I was 36 (for acne and PMDD) and it has been wonderful for both with really no side effects. Since I had never taken BC before my gyn said I could take it until menopause. Might be worth a discussion with your dr!
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