Spironolactone scares away acne and rosacea as it targets hormonal causes of acne and decreases oil production. Technically speaking, spironolactone is a potassium-sparing diuretic that improves moderate-to-severe acne and rosacea, reduces acne located on your chest and back, reduces cyclical hormonal flares, and decreases oily skin.
- Common side effects of spironolactone may include increased urination, headache, fatigue, dizziness, menstrual irregularities, breast tenderness, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain and rash. Serious side effects can include irregular heart rate, little/no urination, and muscle pain/weakness. Allergic reaction to this medication is rare. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash, itching/swelling (especially of face/tongue/throat), dizziness and trouble breathing. Spironolactone can cause severe birth defects. This medication should not be used by women who are pregnant, may become pregnant, or are at a high risk of pregnancy.
- This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Contact your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.