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i am just curious.....i have been on spiro for a month now. The only positive affect so far is my skin is less oily, pores less visible.....other than that.....i broke out pretty bad on my chin (cystic type) and i have small pimple/ bumps thru out my hairline, and a few bumps along my jawline too. Am i suppose to have a big breakout in the beginning?? and than eventually my bumps and pimples will disappear later on?? How long do i have to take this drug? Any other side effects am i going to experience??? I read that fatigue and thirstiness .....i can cope with this what other ones should i expect?? My girlfriend mention my breast will grow is this true? i thought I read only men who took it will have enlarge breast Please give me advice ....I really need it:angel:
Yes laporte, your boobs and hips+thighs get bigger over time on this drug. The thing you need to understand about spiro to understand the effects it can have is that it decreases your testosterone while making it easier for your body to convert estrogen (making you produce more). This is something the doctors never explain, though I'm not sure why. Testosterone is responsible for a big part of our sex drive as well as our body's ability to create (and maintain) muscle mass, so it also plays a big role in speeding our metabolism (muscle is what helps us burn calories). Estrogen on the other hand, makes us soft and prone to cellulite, so increasing it actually slows the metabolism as it makes it difficult to gain or maintain muscle etc. Spir basically makes you estrogen dominant, which makes you prone to carrying weight in your hips and thighs (think Kim Kardashian: big boobs, butt, and tiny waist--that is the shape of an estrogen dominant female).

Anyways, I'm not saying it'll make you fat or anything, but it may change your body shape and composition over time (and I stress the words "over time" as it could take a full year to see these changes gradually), and if that's the case, it wont matter what you eat or how much you exercise because like i said, the hormones can change where you carry the weight (i found that no amount of exercise seemed to make a difference).


And YES, it definitely tends to break you out intermittenly during the first 3 months, and often in places you might not be used to (so it's not like one massive break out; it could be several of them). Personally, I can't stand spiro any more; I feel like it's irreversibly changed my hormones and I can't seem to get them back to where they were. I just tried to get off it again and BAM I lost 5 lbs at first but then 2 weeks later I'm back to being bloated like a beached whale! I don't know if spiro is solely to blame for it but I gave in and took a little bit and what do you know? Now I'm breaking out again like the first time I took it! I feel your pain.

*also, yeah, it definitely seemed to worsen my cystic acne at first too, while at the same time it gave me these nasty little whiteheads around my chin and jawline--the very places it's supposed to help acne! Don't worry, I remember it all began to taper off and clear up by the end of the third month.
[QUOTE=crookedhearts;5051141]Yes laporte, your boobs and hips+thighs get bigger over time on this drug. The thing you need to understand about spiro to understand the effects it can have is that it decreases your testosterone while making it easier for your body to convert estrogen (making you produce more). This is something the doctors never explain, though I'm not sure why. Testosterone is responsible for a big part of our sex drive as well as our body's ability to create (and maintain) muscle mass, so it also plays a big role in speeding our metabolism (muscle is what helps us burn calories). Estrogen on the other hand, makes us soft and prone to cellulite, so increasing it actually slows the metabolism as it makes it difficult to gain or maintain muscle etc. Spir basically makes you estrogen dominant, which makes you prone to carrying weight in your hips and thighs (think Kim Kardashian: big boobs, butt, and tiny waist--that is the shape of an estrogen dominant female).

Anyways, I'm not saying it'll make you fat or anything, but it may change your body shape and composition over time (and I stress the words "over time" as it could take a full year to see these changes gradually), and if that's the case, it wont matter what you eat or how much you exercise because like i said, the hormones can change where you carry the weight (i found that no amount of exercise seemed to make a difference).


And YES, it definitely tends to break you out intermittenly during the first 3 months, and often in places you might not be used to (so it's not like one massive break out; it could be several of them). Personally, I can't stand spiro any more; I feel like it's irreversibly changed my hormones and I can't seem to get them back to where they were. I just tried to get off it again and BAM I lost 5 lbs at first but then 2 weeks later I'm back to being bloated like a beached whale! I don't know if spiro is solely to blame for it but I gave in and took a little bit and what do you know? Now I'm breaking out again like the first time I took it! I feel your pain.

*also, yeah, it definitely seemed to worsen my cystic acne at first too, while at the same time it gave me these nasty little whiteheads around my chin and jawline--the very places it's supposed to help acne! Don't worry, I remember it all began to taper off and clear up by the end of the third month.[/QUOTE]
I really appreciate your reply....i really don't need bigger boobs or hips...they are big enough...i think i will stop taking spiro....i think i will take the antibiotic my family doctor suggested...by taking the antibiotic....it is temporary relief.....it sounds like you are not happy with spiro either....so what other methods are you taking to control your acne breakout????...i really like to know...should i take accutane? would this help me?
Ugh! I've resorted (yet again) to trying to take a tiny dose of spiro because I CANT STAND how my face has become CRAZY OILY and it's totally f-ed up my hormones (whenever I go off of it I start breaking out again--and in places that I NEVER BROKE OUT BEFORE!). I swear to god this stuff affects my body like birth control--it's crazy.

Be careful about going off of it. From what I remember you were on a high dose right? Ween yourself off slowly because it makes you swell up like a beached whale and break out like crazy if you just stop it.

I use retin a gel and take the oral antibiotic Clindimyocin (eh, i've spelled it wrong but close enough). I hate antibiotics too, because you're right: they are supposed to be temporary. Luckily for me, I seem to be able to get away with taking the same antibiotic for years with it still being effective--but it's not good to be on antibiotics forever so I worry about it (still i'd rather have clear skin). I've been on different ones through the years. Be careful about taking the cycline antibiotics for extended periods--they can have GI side effects (they cause nausea and upset stomach etc) and in the end, basically make your skin more fragile and prone to sun damage.

I would definitely try accutane if you're open to it. I was only ever able to handle a low dose of the stuff b/c of the side effects--i got horrible depression and headaches from it--but the side effects are different for everyone on accutane, so try to ignore all the scary crap you hear about it. For lots of people, they say it's the only thing that ever worked. It seemed to help my acne a lot even at a low dose but then I just quit taking it and used retin a instead.

If I could take a full accutane course (at full strength) I would, just in the hopes that it could get rid of my acne forever, but I can't, so in the end I've just concluded that I just have to find the right balance of treatments to work for me. Antibiotics, a bit of spiro, and retin a seemed to work best. I think if I took up spiro again I'd be able to get rid of the antibiotic but I just can't bear to take the full dose.
[QUOTE=crookedhearts;5054390]Ugh! I've resorted (yet again) to trying to take a tiny dose of spiro because I CANT STAND how my face has become CRAZY OILY and it's totally f-ed up my hormones (whenever I go off of it I start breaking out again--and in places that I NEVER BROKE OUT BEFORE!). I swear to god this stuff affects my body like birth control--it's crazy.

Be careful about going off of it. From what I remember you were on a high dose right? Ween yourself off slowly because it makes you swell up like a beached whale and break out like crazy if you just stop it.

I use retin a gel and take the oral antibiotic Clindimyocin (eh, i've spelled it wrong but close enough). I hate antibiotics too, because you're right: they are supposed to be temporary. Luckily for me, I seem to be able to get away with taking the same antibiotic for years with it still being effective--but it's not good to be on antibiotics forever so I worry about it (still i'd rather have clear skin). I've been on different ones through the years. Be careful about taking the cycline antibiotics for extended periods--they can have GI side effects (they cause nausea and upset stomach etc) and in the end, basically make your skin more fragile and prone to sun damage.

I would definitely try accutane if you're open to it. I was only ever able to handle a low dose of the stuff b/c of the side effects--i got horrible depression and headaches from it--but the side effects are different for everyone on accutane, so try to ignore all the scary crap you hear about it. For lots of people, they say it's the only thing that ever worked. It seemed to help my acne a lot even at a low dose but then I just quit taking it and used retin a instead.

If I could take a full accutane course (at full strength) I would, just in the hopes that it could get rid of my acne forever, but I can't, so in the end I've just concluded that I just have to find the right balance of treatments to work for me. Antibiotics, a bit of spiro, and retin a seemed to work best. I think if I took up spiro again I'd be able to get rid of the antibiotic but I just can't bear to take the full dose.[/QUOTE]


Well i took spiro for a month and 7 days....I don't think i will swell up or anything. I have to admit as i was on spiro...i went on a low potassium/ no dairy diet and i seem to eat less....I am not sure if it is the diet or the meds that is making me eat less but I think I will continue with this diet....I am going to see my doctor next monday....I am going to discuss with her the alternative treatments for my acne....i think i might have PCOS so i better have that check out and I should get my hormones check too.........I hate this perimenopause period...all these yucky stuff...i forgot to mention I suffer from IBS-C Inflammatory bowel syndrome - constipation type..... Anyways, thanks for all your valuable advice....I really appreciate it...I will update on how my visit with my doctor next week thanks crookedhearts:angel:





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