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Old 09-12-2008, 05:30 PM
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BP medicine for acne

I went to the dermatologist today because I am finally tired of being 30 and still having acne. She put me on Aldactone which is actually for hypertension. But they have found that it really helps woman with cyst acne and white heads that flare up with their mentral cycle. I am hoping that it will work.

Has anyone else ever heard of this?
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Old 09-12-2008, 06:07 PM
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Acne is an indicated use for aldactone. It looks like doses of 150-200 mg per day have been more effective for acne. As for the exact mechanism of action, I still can't figure that one out, but it should reduce sebum (oil) production and may have other actions as well. Hope that helps a little and maybe someone else has actually used it for this.
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The doctor is starting me at 25mg, she said the highest they ever go for acne is 100mg and usually 50mg is what really seems to help.

Are there any major side effects I should be aware of? Thanks.
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Hmmm, interesting. Aldactone is a diuretic. It works against hypertension by lowering fluid volume , which eventually decreases blood pressure.

Good to know it could be used for acne.
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The doctor is starting me at 25mg, she said the highest they ever go for acne is 100mg and usually 50mg is what really seems to help.

Are there any major side effects I should be aware of? Thanks.
It is a potassium sparing diuretic, so if you have any kidney issues or increased consumption of potassium, you could possibly end up hyperkalemia (high levels of potassium).

I guess if you are on this longer term you could also have some side effects from its steroid like effects (menstrual irregularity, breast tenderness, that type of thing).

None are necessarily going to happen, but are probably the major ones to be aware of imo.
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