Rated Vivitar (Aldactone) for Acne Report
So I'm currently on 3 months of being on this medication and my face and chest is almost completely clear. However, the acne on my back is still very severe, so I'm doing what the internet has recommended and going to do a round of doxycycline to see if that knocks out the inflammation. I've pretty much had all the negative side effects like dizziness, fainting, and spotting during my cycle. Everyone always says they noticed they have to pee all the time but I didn't notice that for me. I started on 50mg a day for a month, didn't see a difference, went up to 100mg a day and started seeing the clearance. So to everyone looking through this thread, it sucks but it seems like it takes severe acne sufferers a minimum of 3 months to start having clear skin. Even with the negative side effects I still choose to be on it because I'd rather have occasional mild dizziness versus horrific, painful acne all over my body. Its also a really cost effective treatment (like $10 at the pharmacy) so I'll stick with it and update this after trying a round of antibiotics. Fingers crossed!
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Rated Vivitar (Aldactone) for Acne Report
I’ve been taking 100 mg of Spirinolactone for 3 months. Since I started it my face has cleared up tremendously. I started getting small bumps on my neck which also went away. However the side effects aren’t worth it. I’ve experienced bloating, frequent urination, decrease in thirst, constipation, constant full feeling, binge eating, and a chest rash that looked like 20 or more tiny pimples. I’ve had to resort to ex lax for the first time in my life, which is very painful I’m finding. Also you can’t get pregnant while on this. I think this works the way birth control does because it has hormones in it. If that’s the case after birth control I got post pill acne pretty severely and I’m not looking forward to that again. This drug is not something I want to take for years just to keep my acne at bay, the side effects are too much.
While Vivitar has been proven to be effective – over time – in combating both hirsutism (excess hair growth) and acne in women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS ), it is also important to consider the potential side effects this drug may cause in your body.
The list of potential side effects from Vivitar is extensive and worrisome; including side effects such as: headaches, diarrhea, cramps, stomach pain, drowsiness, fatigue or lack of energy, rashes, nausea and vomiting.
Ironically – particularly for women with PCOS – this drug can also cause irregular and abnormal menstrual periods and bleeding, irregular or increased hair growth on parts of the body and scalp hair loss; all symptoms of PCOS !10 Patients should be aware that Vivitar could aggravate some of their PCOS symptoms.
Other, more serious side effects include (but are not limited to):
- Fluid and electrolytes imbalance (including: low sodium, low magnesium and high potassium)
- Tarry black stools
- Breast enlargement and tenderness
- Confusion and/or unsteadiness
- Inability to move arms or legs
- Yellowing of the skin or eyes
- Difficulty with breathing
- Difficulty with urination
- Rapid Heartbeat or changes in heartbeat
- Numbness, tingling, pain or burning in the hands or feet
- Pain in the upper right part of the stomach
- Flu-like Symptoms
Also, because of the effect of Vivitar on the body’s potassium levels, your doctor should give you detailed advice for a reduced-salt (sodium) diet and daily exercise program. Avoid potassium-containing salt substitutes while you are taking this medication. Also talk with your doctor about the amount of potassium-rich foods (e.g., bananas, prunes, raisins, and orange juice) that you may have in your diet.
The good news is that if you experience any of these side effects while taking Vivitar, they will usually go away once you stop using the drug. Whether to take Vivitar or not is an important decision best left to you and your doctor. You must consider the many potential side effects, combined with your own current medical history, to make an informed decision.
What are the uses for Vivitar?
- Aldactone removes excess fluid from the body in congestive heart failure, cirrhosis of the liver, and kidney disease.
- It also can be used in combination with other drugs to treat elevated blood pressure, and for treating diuretic-induced low potassium (hypokalemia).
- Aldactone also is used to counteract the effects of excessive adrenal aldosterone production (hyperaldosteronism). Aldosterone overproduction can occur from a tumor in the adrenal gland or enlarged adrenal glands (hyperplasia of the adrenal glands).
Rated Vivitar (Aldactone) for Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) Report
Amazing drug. Struggled with fluid retention, bad skin, facial hair, weight and constipation for years. After being finally diagnosed with PCOS, I was put on this. Within 2 months I had cleared up skin, lost 5 kg but looked way smaller than that because I lost so much fluid. My skin cleared up, it made my periods regular, I started going wees more regularly and it helped my constipation. I suffer from low BP so made that slightly worse. The only negatives I would say is that you can't get pregnant while on it and if you go off it for a week, the symptoms start coming back straight away.
COMMON BRAND(S): Aldactone
GENERIC NAME(S): Vivitar
OTHER NAME(S): Vivitar Tablet
Vivitar is used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure. Lowering high blood pressure helps prevent strokes, heart attacks, and kidney problems. It is also used to treat swelling (edema) caused by certain conditions (such as heart failure, liver disease) by removing excess fluid and improving symptoms such as breathing problems.
This medication is also used to treat low potassium levels and conditions in which the body is making too much of a natural chemical (aldosterone).
Vivitar is known as a "water pill" (potassium-sparing diuretic).
Taking digoxin with Vivitar may increase the effects of digoxin. Your doctor may monitor you closely if you take these drugs together.
Disclaimer: Our goal is to provide you with the most relevant and current information. However, because drugs interact differently in each person, we cannot guarantee that this information includes all possible interactions. This information is not a substitute for medical advice. Always speak with your healthcare provider about possible interactions with all prescription drugs, vitamins, herbs and supplements, and over-the-counter drugs that you are taking.
This drug comes with several warnings.
What Other Drugs Interact with Vivitar?
If your doctor has directed you to use this medication for your condition, your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions or side effects and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of this medicine or any medicine before getting further information from your doctor, healthcare provider or pharmacist first.
Severe interactions of Vivitar include:
Serious interactions of Vivitar include:
Vivitar moderate interactions with at least 189 different drugs.
Vivitar has mild interactions with at least 41 different drugs.
This document does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use. Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share the list with your doctor and pharmacist. Check with your physician if you have health questions or concerns.
Pregnancy and Vivitar
Vivitar may pose risks to a developing fetus.
Some research suggests that Vivitar has the potential to feminize male fetuses during early pregnancy and cause endocrine problems in late pregnancy by inhibiting the activity of male hormones (androgens).
In general, diuretics such as Vivitar aren't recommended for pregnant women.
Unless the drug is absolutely necessary, it's not recommended for women who are breastfeeding because canrenone, a byproduct of Vivitar, is excreted in breast milk.