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Can I take Althea pills over the counter ?

hi i would like to ask if i can take Althea pills over the counter?well,my purpose of taking it is for my pimples , i heard that it is good to prevent from having ever it would be my first time.I;m already 24 yrs old and i have a 2 yr old son now, but since the time that i was pregnant i got a lot of pimples and until now i still have some breakouts its on and off,i tried everything and went to different kinds of dermatologist , but no one ever made it stop permanently so i was planning to try to take Althea. Is it okay for me to give it a try?what would be the side effects?thanks
Asked On : Sat, 6 Aug 2011
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Welcome to HCM.
Althea is used for contraception in women and also for the control of acne and hirsutism, regulation of the menstrual cycle, reduction of premenstrual tension and relief from pain and excessive bleeding during menstruation.
If you are looking for family planning then you can go for it but its better to consult your dermatologist before you start because it is important to know the cause of pimples.Some women may experience side effects eg, nausea, vomiting, chloasma (melasma) and other skin or hair changes, headache, water retention, slight weight change, breast tenderness and changes in libido. Menstrual irregularities eg, spotting, breakthrough bleeding or amenorrhea can occur during its use. Most of these side effects are mild and usually disappear after a few months of contraceptive use.
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Nephrologist Dr. Rakesh Madhyastha's  Response
Thanks for the query.
Althea is certainty indicated in acne but you will I've to undergo a medical and gunarc examination. Since it is a hormone don't take it over the counter
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