Cheap diuretic as effective as antibiotics to treat female acne

US analysis finds spironolactone is a safe alternative to oral tetracyclines

The diuretic spironolactone should be used more often to treat acne because it is a safe and effective alternative to oral antibiotics, researchers say.

A retrospective US analysis of data of more than 6600 women using spironolactone and almost 32,000 taking oral tetracyclines has found similar treatment efficacy.