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    Old 06-13-2007, 12:02 PM   #1
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    Going to Derm and asking for Spiro

    I'm going to see my dermatologist in a couple of days and I am going to ask for Spiro. Right now she has me using Retin a Micro which helps but doesn't control my very oily skin. I mentioned spiro to her the first time I was there and she said she has prescribed it before. But right away she started talking about birth control pill which I absolutely don't want to take. I want the Spiro. If she does mention the bc pills on this next visit I'm just going to ask for the Spiro instead and see what she says. It just feels weird asking for something they don't suggest.

     
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    Old 06-13-2007, 04:07 PM   #2
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    Re: Going to Derm and asking for Spiro

    I took spiro for a few years and it worked very well. I had never heard of it until my derm gave me a script for it.

     
    Old 06-13-2007, 08:17 PM   #3
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    Re: Going to Derm and asking for Spiro

    Do you still take Spiro?

     
    Old 06-14-2007, 02:54 AM   #4
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    Re: Going to Derm and asking for Spiro

    I've just been to my doc, and she wouldn't give me spiro...she said it's not for acne, and even though there are currently no serious health risks involved with Spiro, she doesn't want to take that chance with my health deteriorating down the line when I'm older (she brought up another example about how in the past people used to take this other med and then years later they found out it caused some type of heart failure).....And yes I have super oily skin as well. She gave me Yasmin which has around 25mg of Spiro, which I am to take every day...my first bcp. And Yasmin settles some issues with oily skin and hair since it has some of spiro in it.

    Edit: ARG, I'm ******, why wouldn't she just give it to me? I practically begged her! Oily skin really affects my daily routines, when I have to wash and stuff.

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    Old 06-14-2007, 09:20 AM   #5
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    Re: Going to Derm and asking for Spiro

    Have you tried seeing an endocrinolgist? hormone specialists seem to be more familiar with Spiro and how it can help acne and oil-prone skin. If it's an option for you, I'd definitely ask for a referral if your derm won't give you spiro.

     
    Old 06-14-2007, 11:16 PM   #6
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    Re: Going to Derm and asking for Spiro

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    I've just been to my doc, and she wouldn't give me spiro...she said it's not for acne, and even though there are currently no serious health risks involved with Spiro, she doesn't want to take that chance with my health deteriorating down the line when I'm older (she brought up another example about how in the past people used to take this other med and then years later they found out it caused some type of heart failure).....And yes I have super oily skin as well. She gave me Yasmin which has around 25mg of Spiro, which I am to take every day...my first bcp. And Yasmin settles some issues with oily skin and hair since it has some of spiro in it.

    Edit: ARG, I'm ******, why wouldn't she just give it to me? I practically begged her! Oily skin really affects my daily routines, when I have to wash and stuff.
    I feel the same way you feel. It affects my daily routines and future plans also. I know it shouldn't but it does. My fear is that my doctor will do what your doctor did and insist on me taking a bcp. I will let you know what happens.

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    Old 06-15-2007, 01:31 AM   #7
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    alright. But I'm wishing and hoping that yasmin (i'm starting this sunday, i'll keep you updated) will help me out a little. 25mg is a small amount, but maybe it'll do something.

     
    Old 06-15-2007, 10:44 AM   #8
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    Re: Going to Derm and asking for Spiro

    Guess what....
    She gave me Yasmin too!!! I'm starting it this sunday also. I have to come back in a month and she said if I can tolerate it, she will then give me spiro. I never thought I would have to take a bcp in my whole life and now here I am.

    The only reason why I'm not that upset about this is that she said she will give me spiro on my next visit.

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    Old 06-15-2007, 01:37 PM   #9
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    Re: Going to Derm and asking for Spiro

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    Guess what....
    She gave me Yasmin too!!! I'm starting it this sunday also. I have to come back in a month and she said if I can tolerate it, she will then give me spiro. I never thought I would have to take a bcp in my whole life and now here I am.

    The only reason why I'm not that upset about this is that she said she will give me spiro on my next visit.

    she promised me the same thing!!!! hm I wonder if we have the same doctor Though I have to wait 3 months before any consideration in regards to Spiro.

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    Old 06-15-2007, 03:10 PM   #10
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    Re: Going to Derm and asking for Spiro

    Well done on the promise of spiro! I couldn't find a Dr where I live that will prescribe it to me at all

    Btw I think the reason they prescribe the bcp with spiro is that spiro messes with your period and causes irregularities - this doesn't happen if you're on the pill as well.

    Also I recommend taking a multi-vitamin with zinc and B5 complex whilst on the pill as it minimises some side-effects. I've also had success with omega-3 and saw palmetto. (I'm on Yasmin too). Using topicals is not recommended whilst on spiro - try Olay Regenerist face wash and an AHA moisturizer. This combination is working for me without the spiro.. so far!

    Good luck - hope it works for you!

     
    Old 06-15-2007, 03:34 PM   #11
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    Re: Going to Derm and asking for Spiro

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    Well done on the promise of spiro! I couldn't find a Dr where I live that will prescribe it to me at all

    Btw I think the reason they prescribe the bcp with spiro is that spiro messes with your period and causes irregularities - this doesn't happen if you're on the pill as well.

    Also I recommend taking a multi-vitamin with zinc and B5 complex whilst on the pill as it minimises some side-effects. I've also had success with omega-3 and saw palmetto. (I'm on Yasmin too). Using topicals is not recommended whilst on spiro - try Olay Regenerist face wash and an AHA moisturizer. This combination is working for me without the spiro.. so far!

    Good luck - hope it works for you!
    Using topicals is not recommended while on Spiro? Who told you this?? It doesn't really make any sense to me.

     
    Old 06-15-2007, 04:12 PM   #12
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    Re: Going to Derm and asking for Spiro

    A couple of people mentioned it on this board, since spiro is so drying - here is a quote from caliente from a previous thread:

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    Anyone recommend a cleanser to use once I get spiro and a topical from my derm (hopefully!)?

    Olay foaming cleanser for sensitive skin. although i wouldnt recommend using a topical while on spiro, unless your doctor thinks its necessary.

     
    Old 06-15-2007, 07:11 PM   #13
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    Re: Going to Derm and asking for Spiro

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    Well done on the promise of spiro! I couldn't find a Dr where I live that will prescribe it to me at all

    Btw I think the reason they prescribe the bcp with spiro is that spiro messes with your period and causes irregularities - this doesn't happen if you're on the pill as well.

    Well yes, this was another reason why my Derm (before my doctor) said that perhaps I would have to wait a month on yasmin then go to spiro (if they even let me) because of spotting.

     
    Old 06-15-2007, 08:44 PM   #14
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    I actually recommend using a topical while taking Spiro. I've been using Retin-A long term and feel that It makes my skin look healthier. It essentially exfoliates skin, getting rid of the layer of dead skin cells. But, that's just my opinion.

     
    Old 06-15-2007, 11:15 PM   #15
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    I (& my doctor probably) totally agree with you. My doc thinks that topicals are the best thing, if she could have it her way, I wouldn't be on any medications, but I know my body better Helps with scarring as well, she said.

     
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