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    Old 03-12-2007, 01:34 PM   #1
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    Birth Control or Spiro??

    Hi I have a question for spiro users. I am currently on Ortho-Tri Cyclen and my skin is beautiful, birth control is the only thing that got me clear, and I tried everything from retin-a to Minocyclin, Doxycyclin, Clinda gel I mean everything, not one of them did anything for me. My problem is though Birth control makes my skin perfect it is causing all kinds of unwanted side effects. I really want to stop taking it but Im terrified my acne will come back. Do any of you know if spiro works well for people who have had luck with birth control since they are both for hormonal acne?

     
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    Old 03-12-2007, 05:13 PM   #2
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    Re: Birth Control or Spiro??

    I'm taking Spiro right now for Acne, as I can't use BC pills (blood clots). So far I've only been on it for about 2 weeks and already the pimples are popping up less and less. I've heard it takes about 6 months to fully show results, but so far I'm thinking it's helping.
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    Old 03-12-2007, 11:11 PM   #3
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    Re: Birth Control or Spiro??

    I have tried bc for acne and had no results. Spiro has been the only thing that has worked for me...100mg once a day! By the way I am in my 30's and have my tubes tied...no more kids! Spiro is awesome!
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    Old 03-13-2007, 07:06 AM   #4
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    Re: Birth Control or Spiro??

    I'm on the same bcp as you are. I am getting side effects too. I was on it before but went off be/c of the side effects and went on alesse and thats when all of the pimples and cysts happened. It was the alesse, it was bad for me. OTC is the only bcp that has worked for me. I have been on spiro going on 8 months now. And I am completely clear except for the leftover marks that are fading. Spiro is great! But like you are I'm afraid of going off of otc. I get very bad mood swings for this bcp!! Everyone can tell the difference. I don't know what it does too me. It's weird.

     
    Old 03-13-2007, 09:39 AM   #5
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    Re: Birth Control or Spiro??

    Hmm I think I may try spiro, I was also thinking of switching to yaz cuz it has spiro in it and I need birth control. My only problem is Im in college and on a limited income, with my health insurance anything generic is $10 and brand names are $45 Yaz does not have a generic and nether does yasmin. does spiro have a generic?

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    Old 03-13-2007, 12:46 PM   #6
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    Re: Birth Control or Spiro??

    Are you having any side effects from the spiro? I've been on it for about 4 months, and I have been getting my period every 2 weeks for the last 2 months. Its really annoying, and I'm thinking of stopping the spiro because of it, but my skin does look better.....

     
    Old 03-13-2007, 02:04 PM   #7
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    Re: Birth Control or Spiro??

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    Are you having any side effects from the spiro? I've been on it for about 4 months, and I have been getting my period every 2 weeks for the last 2 months. Its really annoying, and I'm thinking of stopping the spiro because of it, but my skin does look better.....

    Are you using a bc

     
    Old 03-13-2007, 08:09 PM   #8
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    Re: Birth Control or Spiro??

    I'm on yasmin, which has spiro in it and although I haven't really ever had that much of a problem with my skin, since I've been on yasmin my skin is great. Only thing about yasmin, i don't believe it has a generic and brand name is almost 65$, atleast it is where I get it.

     
    Old 03-14-2007, 12:44 PM   #9
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    Re: Birth Control or Spiro??

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    I cannot use the Pill because of blood clots.

     
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    Re: Birth Control or Spiro??

    I'm just wondering what the side effects of Ortho-Tri Cyclen are?

    And does your derm have to prescribe spiro? I'm a bit too young for birth control, although I'd really like to try it because I'm having such a problem

    By the way- I'm going to the derm in about two weeks for an allergy test- could he prescribe to me there, and how much, it seems 100 mg is best

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    Re: Birth Control or Spiro??

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    Are you having any side effects from the spiro? I've been on it for about 4 months, and I have been getting my period every 2 weeks for the last 2 months. Its really annoying, and I'm thinking of stopping the spiro because of it, but my skin does look better.....

    Yes, that is the primary reason that spiro is usually prescribed along with bc pills. Irregular periods are a common side effect.

     
    Old 03-19-2007, 03:12 PM   #12
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    Re: Birth Control or Spiro??

    Hi, I've been thinking about birth control to help with my skin (have a derm. appointment in a few weeks and thought I would ask him about it) I've read some stuff on this site about Yazmine, Yaz and OTC- does anyone have a reccomendation aboout which works better for acne? It seems like OTC has bad side effects for a lot of people. Advice is appreciated-Thanks.

     
    Old 03-20-2007, 04:02 PM   #13
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    Re: Birth Control or Spiro??

    Do most people exprience major mood swings with OTC? My derm told me to try it for my acne. Does the OTC have a lot of hormones to cause the mood swings?? I already had this issue while on the patch and i'd rather not go through it again as it contributed to my boyfriend eventually breaking up with me... :/

     
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    Re: Birth Control or Spiro??

    I took OTC for many many years. I never experienced a problem with mood swings.
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    Old 03-22-2007, 07:04 PM   #15
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    Re: Birth Control or Spiro??

    Hi I am the original poster, OTC is working soo well for my acne but it was giving me mood swings, fatigue,and low sex drive. But there is hope, about three weeks ago some one on the birth control board told me to try a vitamin B complex because birth control depletes vitamin B, I tried it and now I feel soooooo much better and my skin still looks great and Im still on OTC. So now I can have my cake and eat it too

     
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