Spironolactone slows down the production of androgens. These are male sex hormones, including testosterone. Reduced production of androgens can slow down the progression of hair loss caused by androgenic alopecia. It can also encourage hair to regrow.
Does spironolactone cause hair loss?
Spironolactone does not cause hair loss for those with PCOS, it can actually help to reduce hair loss as well as reducing male-pattern hair growth and acne in women with PCOS.
Does spironolactone stop hair growth?
Spironolactone is a pill that may slow or reduce hair growth in areas with unwanted hair. It will not get rid of the hair on the scalp and may actually stimulate growth there.
What are the side effects of spironolactone 25 mg?
Spironolactone side effects
- diarrhea and abdominal cramping.
- nausea and vomiting.
- high potassium levels.
- leg cramps.
How long does it take spironolactone to work for facial hair?
The most commonly used anti-androgen for treating hirsutism is spironolactone (Aldactone, CaroSpir). The results are modest and take at least six months to be noticeable.
Is 50 mg of spironolactone enough for acne?
Spironolactone will help with acne on the face, back, and chest. The majority of sides effects associated with spironolactone are dose dependent; low-dose therapy (25–50 mg daily) generally is well tolerated, and even 100 mg daily is not problematic in most cases.
Can spironolactone make you gain weight?
There are concerns that spironolactone can cause weight gain, but there isn’t much evidence it does. For example, the package insert for the drug doesn’t list weight gain as a side effect. Along with weight gain, many people worry that spironolactone will make their skin look worse when they first start taking it.
Does spironolactone stop facial hair growth?
Spironolactone (Aldactone®) is a diuretic, or “water pill,” that is normally used as a blood pressure medication but can also be used at lower doses for hirsutism. It blocks the effects of androgens and reduces hair growth.
What does spironolactone do to your hormones?
Spironolactone, the generic name for Aldactone®, works by blocking the effects of androgen. Androgens are hormones that both males and females have, but males have higher levels of them. Androgens such as testosterone are responsible for hair growth on the face, chest, and stomach that some young women with PCOS have.
Does spironolactone increase breast size?
Breast growth from spironolactone is usually small and reversible. But in some people, the breast tissue remains even after the spironolactone is stopped. Estrogen causes permanent nipple development and breast growth.
How long can you stay on spironolactone?
Most women find that their acne starts to improve after about 3 months of treatment. Hair complaints take longer, and treatment usually needs to be continued for up to six months before the benefit can be seen. What are the common side effects of spironolactone?
What does spironolactone do to your body?
Spironolactone is a potassium-sparing diuretic (water pill). It prevents your body from absorbing too much salt and keeps your potassium levels from getting too low. This medicine is also used to treat or prevent hypokalemia (low potassium levels in the blood).
Is 25 mg of spironolactone enough?
“In [high blood-pressure] cases, you typically take 200 mg a day as a recommended dose, but spironolactone tends to work well [for treating acne] at very low doses, as low as 25 mg.” Another major plus about the drug: It’s cheap!
What should you not take with spironolactone?
Avoid taking salt substitutes that contain potassium or potassium supplements while taking spironolactone. Try to avoid foods high in potassium (such as avocados, bananas, coconut water, spinach, and sweet potato) because eating these foods may lead to potentially fatal hyperkalemia (high blood potassium levels).
Do I have to take spironolactone forever?
Spironolactone is not a cure-all pill and won’t rid you of acne forever. It is prescribed to be taken daily but according to Dr Mahto, acne can return when it is discontinued. “Spironolactone can be safely taken for many years if necessary,” she adds.
Is there an alternative to spironolactone?
Amiloride and triamterene may be used instead of spironolactone.