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Old 06-17-2005, 08:11 AM   #1
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Spiro or Accutane

After having acne for ten years, (I'm now 23) I suspect that my acne is hormone related. I have an appt with a endo on weds and was planning to ask for spiro. But after doing research, it seems like I'll be on it for the rest of my life. Is this true? I really don't want on be on a drug for the rest of my life.

I was reading on one endo's website and he said that if his patients don't respond to spiro he prescribes accutane as a last resort. If this is the case, should i just skip the sprio and go straight to accutane? I know my appt is weds but i can't stop thinking about this stupid acne.

Can accutane help hormonal acne?

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Old 10-17-2005, 02:19 PM   #2
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Re: Spiro or Accutane

I wondered if you found an answer through reading the boards?

In my late twenties after battling moderate cystic acne for years with all the latest and greatest topicals and anitbiotics, I went on accutane. I was afraid but my derm said that her accutane patients were the happiest. I decided happiness outweighed side effects and was pleased with results. An initial breakout then clear. I should have done it years ago. Dry lips. A bit achey. Became additcted to Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour cream - lips, chapped nose. Still use it.

I brokeout a few years later and went back on a very low dose of Accutane (20 mgs once a day for three months). Worked great. A few years later, I started to beakout hormonally on the chin. Spiro knocked it out.

I don't care if I am on spiro until the day I die. Big deal. Keep it simple and move on.

Finally, follow the rules. No drinking on Accutane and be gentle to your skin. Use BCP.

Hope you are on a good treatment program now.

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