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I have never had bad acne. In fact my face has always been pretty much blemish free, but after having children I started to get small blemishes under the skin that sometimes turn into them. My daughter is 10, and my son is 4, so it obviously hasn't been a major problem for me having waited all this time to go. We just got insurance and I went to the dermatologist about my problems. They prescribed 50 mg of Spironolactone for me on Wednesday of last week. I took one pill Wednesday evening. Within 30 minutes, I was itching all over, my heart was pounding out of my chest, I was red from head to toe, I couldn't catch my breath, I was burning hot, shaking all over, etc. It was horrible. I went to the emergency room and was treated w/ IV steroids, pepcid and benedryl. I was instructed to continue taking scripts of these for 5 days. I'm trying to taper off the steroids because they, or something to do with this whole episod, have sent me into a state of severe depression. I seem to feel fine when I first wake up, but within an hour my heart is racing, I feel dizzy, jittery and sick to my stomach. So on Thursday, Friday and today I have taken 1 25 mg tablet of benedryl and a small dose of 50 mg of prednisone. I weigh about 240, so the dose is correct on those. On Thursday I took 1 tablet of prednisone in the morning and one in the afternoon. On Friday I just took one tablet in the morning, and today I took 1/2 a prednisone this morning and 1/2 this afternoon.

I'm sure I'm just suffering the effects of all that I've been through the last couple of days, but I'm concerned because of: my sudden severe depression, my heart is racing, I'm exhausted, I can't get out of bed and have no energy, it's a little hard to catch my breath, I'm jittery, I feel just really out of sorts (my short term memory is bad, I'm forgetting things, my motor skills are slow, I'm kind of in a daze, etc.).

I'm guess I'm going back to the doctor on Monday, but I really don't even know which doctor to go to. I don't have a regular PCP right now, it seems like I would only see the dermatologist if I needed additional help w/ acne (which I could care less about now), and it's not an emergency now so I don't think I should go back to ER. I guess I need to check into either a PCP or an internal medicine doctor. But before Monday, I found this site and thought someone may have more info on this for me.


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