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Suggest remedies for acne while on Spironolactone

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Posted on Tue, 19 Jul 2016
Question: I recently had a blood test done and had a high level of DHEA Sulfate (420.6). I am 53 years old and was taking 50mg of spironolactone for acne for about 2 months at the time of the test. It has now been 6 months and I am still taking the spironolactone and also still having severe breakouts. Any advice?
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Answered by Dr. Shehzad Topiwala (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
DHEA

Detailed Answer:
Sorry to learn about your bothersome acne.

You need to be evaluated for the possibility of excess male hormones. DHEAS is just one of them
When I see someone like you in my practice, I typically order the following blood tests in addition to a detailed physical examination:

CBC (Complete Blood Count, also known as Hemogram; includes Hemoglobin, WBC and Platelet counts)
Electrolytes (Sodium and Potassium in particular)
HbA1c (Glycosylated Hemoglobin = your last 3 months' glucose average). Also known by other names such as GlycoHemoglobin or Glycated Hemoglobin or A1c
Liver function tests (SGOT , SGPT, Albumin, Bilirubin, Alkaline Phosphatase)
Kidney function tests (BUN, Creatinine)
TSH (checks your thyroid) Total Testosterone
SHBG
Androstenedione
Prolactin
25 hydroxy Vitamin D levels (ideal range 40 to 60 ng/ml = 100 to 150 nmol/liter)


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Suggest remedies for acne while on Spironolactone

Brief Answer: DHEA Detailed Answer: Sorry to learn about your bothersome acne. You need to be evaluated for the possibility of excess male hormones. DHEAS is just one of them When I see someone like you in my practice, I typically order the following blood tests in addition to a detailed physical examination: CBC (Complete Blood Count, also known as Hemogram; includes Hemoglobin, WBC and Platelet counts) Electrolytes (Sodium and Potassium in particular) HbA1c (Glycosylated Hemoglobin = your last 3 months' glucose average). Also known by other names such as GlycoHemoglobin or Glycated Hemoglobin or A1c Liver function tests (SGOT , SGPT, Albumin, Bilirubin, Alkaline Phosphatase) Kidney function tests (BUN, Creatinine) TSH (checks your thyroid) Total Testosterone SHBG Androstenedione Prolactin 25 hydroxy Vitamin D levels (ideal range 40 to 60 ng/ml = 100 to 150 nmol/liter)