My Time On Spironolactone

My Time On Spironolactone

Treating PCOS is really tough. Everyone is different so what works for some might not work for others. The treatments include various types of birth control, Metformin, diet changes, medications that help ovulation, Spironolactone and losing weight if overweight or obese.

When I was in my early 20s, I was put on Spironolactone to help with my PCOS symptoms. Here is how it went.

What is Spironolactone?

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Spironolactone is a diuretic most commonly used to treat heart problems, high blood pressure and low potassium (see here: https://www.drugs.com/spironolactone.html) It is also used to treat PCOS related symptoms which include acne, hair loss and excess male-pattern hair growth. This is due in part to its ability to lower androgen levels.

The dosages women are usually given are in the range of 50-200 mg per day. There are a lot of side effects that one can experience. These include weight gain, low energy, muscle loss, headaches, nausea/vomiting, itchy skin, dehydration and aggravation of PCOS symptoms ( see here: https://pcos.com/spironolactone/ ).

My Experience with it

I started taking Spironolactone when I was 21 years old with the goal of controlling my acne and oiliness. It was worse at that time than it is now. I also had mild hirsutism (it is worse now).

My dosage started out at 25 mg. We decided on this dose because I am really sensitive to medications. The maximum dosage for me was going to be 50 mg.

The first couple weeks at 25 mg, I noticed no side effects. Some women lose water weight at first but since I never weigh myself due to past eating disorder issues, I did not notice any.

Since it is potassium-sparing, I had to watch my diet to make sure I was not consuming a lot of foods that contained potassium in them (i.e. bananas). I also had to go in for blood tests to get the potassium level checked.

It does take around three months to notice differences in your skin so I was told not to get my hopes up for instant results. After tolerating 25 mg, I moved up to 50 mg. This was when I started to experience side effects.

The first thing I noticed was that my strength for weight lifting really went down. I went from being able to bench press 150 pounds to only being able to bench press 75 pounds. Also, I would black out sometimes when trying to push ups.

I also experienced some pelvic pain at times. It was sharp and caused me to double over. Even still, I kept taking the medication. I was really hoping that these side effects might go away and it would start working for me.

After three months on the medication, I can honestly say that I did not notice much of anything positive from it. The only thing that I guess got a little better was the oiliness of my skin. It was still pretty bad at times though.

My acne actually got worse on it. Little pimples showed up in the mustache area and I would regularly get two huge cysts on both sides of my nose. It was embarrassing to say the least. The pock marks by my nose are daily reminders of what I had to deal with.

I decided to stop taking it shortly after having a horrible breakout on my cheeks. It was so bad and took about six weeks to clear up. There was no reason to continue taking the medication anymore.

Do I recommend it despite my experience?

My experience is my own. There are a lot of people who have had great success when on Spironolactone. With that said, I would recommend it for someone who has PCOS or just bad acne.

It could work for someone else and be the key to fixing their problems. It is not good of me to sit here and say that since it did not help me at all, it won’t help others.

Have any of you been on this medication?

Eyebrow Issues

Eyebrow Issues

I remember growing up and hearing adults complain about the aging process. They would say that their joints were achy, they could not digest food as well, they were gaining fat in their midsection, had gray hairs popping up everywhere etc. For some reason I thought this would never happen to me. Well…it has.

Ever since I got pregnant and gave birth, my eyebrows have become really sparse. They used to grow fast and get bushy causing me to get them waxed once a month. I have not gone in for a waxing since 2014!

I had been looking up causes of this not too long ago. My google search led me to a lot of articles talking about hypothyroid as a cause of it. I did actually get a blood test done for my thyroid a few months ago for an unrelated reason. It turns out that it is working perfectly so I can not blame it on that.

There were other things I read about that supposedly cause eyebrow hair loss. These include nutrient deficiencies, eczema, psoriasis, alopecia, ringworm, stress, anxiety, pregnancy/childbirth, over plucking, chemotherapy, aging and harsh chemicals getting in the eyebrow area.  I am thinking that age, harsh chemicals and maybe nutrient deficiencies are the cause.

Rogaine is used by some people to help with eyebrow growth but people have gotten bad skin irritation from it. That makes me nervous so I do no think I will try it at this time. The last thing I want is some horrible rash in my brow area along with the sparseness. I will also try to be conscious about where I am applying the chemical containing skin products I use because that can cause eyebrow hair loss as well.

For the past week or two I have been using a lash and brow enhancer from a company called Pure Biology. It has stuff like caster oil and biotin in it. I think I will keep applying this two times a day and hopefully it will help in time! Also, omega-3, omega-6 and collagen supplementation are said to be helpful to hair growth so I might supplement with those.

If anyone reading this has had eyebrow hair loss and thinning let me know what helped you!

Here is the link to the lash and eyebrow enhancer I got: https://www.amazon.com/Enhancer-Extracts-Blockers-Breakthrough-Stimulating/dp/B07JBK353S/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_2?crid=2ZL3ZQNEEDAV5&keywords=pure+biology+lash+and+brow+enhancer&qid=1552773740&s=gateway&sprefix=Pure+Biology+lash%2Caps%2C235&sr=8-2-fkmrnull