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Acne improved in most women treated with spironolactone

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Most of the postadolescent women with acne in a retrospective review of 400 patients treated over a 4-year period improved with spironolactone treatment, with a low rate of side effects, according to the authors. “The vast majority of our patients improved on spironolactone, despite many previously failing other acne treatments,” …

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Caution is key when prescribing spironolactone for adult acne

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AT SDEF WOMEN’S & PEDIATRIC DERMATOLOGY SEMINAR   NEWPORT BEACH, CALIF. – While off-label use of spironolactone for the treatment of acne is quite common, it should be prescribed with special caution, advised Julie C. Harper, MD.  “The vast majority of you write this for acne,” Dr. Harper, a dermatologist …

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Combined OCs remain a good choice for teen acne

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MINNEAPOLIS – Whether a young female patient has a refractory flare of inflammatory acne, or has a condition that can predispose to androgen excess, using a hormonal approach can be an effective management tool for controlling adolescent acne. During a presentation at the annual meeting of the Society for Pediatric …

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How to use spironolactone safely for acne

Dr. Julie Harper of the University of Alabama in Birmingham

SAN FRANCISCO – The room was packed for a talk about spironolactone and acne at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology. Several dozen people were turned away at the door because there weren’t any seats left. Dermatologists have heard that the drug is a good option for …

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High-dose isotretinoin restrains acne relapse

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Major finding: The rate of relapse was 27% in patients whose cumulative dose of isotretinoin exceeded 220 mg/kg and 47% in patients with a cumulative dose below 220 mg/kg (P = .029). Data source: A prospective, observational intervention study of 116 patients with treatment-resistant nodulocystic acne. Disclosures: Dr. Stamey reported …

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Oral Spironolactone Hailed for Acne in Women

Dr. Julie C. Harper Dermatology

The androgen receptor–blocker spironolactone is highly effective and safe but underused for the treatment of acne in women, according to Dr. Julie C. Harper. “The longer I’ve been in practice, the wider the age range where I use spironolactone as my drug of choice,” Dr. Harper said at the Hawaii …

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