I have been taking aldactone 50 mg a day for almost 3 months for acne. I have noticed some improvement, however, I thought I would have fewer breakouts. I have noticed that I've almost gained 10 pounds without changing anything in my daily diet and exercise routine? Will the extra pounds be lost once my body adjusts or will I continue to gain more weight the longer I take the drug? I want clear skin, but not at the cost of a nice figure I've worked hard on!
I wish my Dr told me that weight gain was a side effect. Gained about 10 pounds in about 3-4 months. I have been off the medication for 3 months now. Good news is you stop gaining any more weight, Bad news is despite working out religiously and eating nothing but broccoli and chicken haven't lost a single pound. This weight is stubborn, and it's all in the wrong places, I have a gut(never had one) it does not budge despite 100's of crunches every day, my thighs are heavier so clothes don't fit. Believe me nothing about this weight gain feels comfortable. I feel bloated and growing hopeless with every passing day, I haven't had bread or processed carbs in months but nothing changes. I feel like giving up but I know it will come off one day !!
So when I started taking Spironolactone back in College, I didn't take it as often and couldn't remember the side effects. This year, I went back to the dermatologist and she prescribed me spironolactone which I didn't think anything of at first. After I started taking it consistently, I noticed my body changed and it felt like I was gaining weight. When I was home for the weekend I looked it up and I saw other people were having the same problem. I instantly threw the medicine away in the garbage. I use Epiduo which is a topical cream, which I heard has the same ingredients as Acutane. There are better resources out there for clear skin! I work out every day so I do not want to gain weight, when I know there are better skin resources out there.Try Epiduo or talk to your dermatologist about another topical cream or pill which will not cause the weight gain.
Hope this helps!
This is so frustrating. I noticed that my 15 year old daughter seemed to be gaining weight, and quickly. She started this medication a little over two months ago for back acne. After reading all of these responses I decided to stop giving her the medication and carefully explained what some women heave been dealing with. This is tough because I do not want to point out to her that she has gained weight quickly because I do not want her to feel bad about herself. I feel awful as a mom that I didn't know this about the medication. Her derm swore up and down about what a great medication it was. On another site I saw someone mention that since it blocks testosterone it only makes sense that it could slow the metabolism. Also that any time you alter how your body stores thing (like fluids) it will shift your system. So not only us is screwing with your hormones, but it is putting your body into panic mode because of how it drains your body of fluids.
I have also read that it takes time, but that your body will re-adjust. I hope this is true! Has anyone seen the weight come back off? My daughter is pretty healthy and works out three times a week, all the gain has been in her thighs and abdominal area.
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