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Oral Spironolactone Hailed for Acne in Women

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 Dermatology Seminar sponsored by Skin Disease Education Foundation (SDEF).

Spironolactone is her first-line therapy for acne in postmenopausal women and in those who have had a hysterectomy. In such patients “it’s a really great drug to use by itself” because the women can’t get pregnant; the drug has a pregnancy category C rating, with an associated risk of feminization of a male fetus exposed to the drug late in the first trimester, explained Dr. Harper, a dermatologist at the University of Alabama, Birmingham.

“I have a tendency in my practice to start with an oral contraceptive in women of child-bearing potential and then maybe add spironolactone if I need to,” she said.

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