I struggle with body issues and I'm worried that I will gain weight on this medicine. I was prescribed 50mg 1 a day.
Do not take Spironolactone! Sure it is a God send when it comes to clearing acne because it does work, but you are most likely going to gain weight. I started Spironolactone 25mg then increased to 50mg daily. I began therapy in March and yesterday when I had my physical by PCP I had gained 24 pounds!! She knew right away that it was the Spironolactone due to the effects on the hormone levels. Dermatologist was confident that it wouldn't cause weight gain when I was started on it, but they were wrong! They really need to be more informed about it.
I absolutely loved the results from it, but It is definitely not worth the weight gain! I was doing nothing different the whole time of treatment. Continued to exercise 6 days a week and counted my calories strictly. I finally put 2+2 together and my PCP confirmed it for me. My body is totally different now with bigger stomach, thighs, and butt. Cellulite like you wouldn't believe. It's horrible! I should've stopped it sooner, but I was so happy with my skin after years of hating it. I'm not looking forward to the acne that will probably recur, but I would rather deal with that and try something else than to be fat!
Spironolactone is normally taken at the dose you are using for high blood pressure and fluid control and for those with heart conditions. It helps remove excess bodily fluid. It helps with acne but that is not what it was designed for. It removes fluid in a different matter and mainly for those who reject the other forms of a diuretic. What are your health problems as to why you listed prescriptions?
I was on Spiro for 2.5 years for hormonal acne and hairloss. I gained 20 lbs in my stomach, boobs, hips, and thighs. I have never seen so much cellulite on my legs in my life. I've been off of it for about a month and I'm RAPIDLY losing the weight. I'd avoid it at all costs. Yes, it clears your skin but it's not worth the cellulite, stretch marks, and deflated boobs. Find a topical antiandrogen if you're having hormonal acne.
- Spironolactone Information for Consumers
- Spironolactone Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Spironolactone (detailed)
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