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Doctor insights on: Long Term Effects Of Spironolactone

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What are long term effects of aldactone (spironolactone)?

What are long term effects of aldactone (spironolactone)?

Diuretic: Potassium sparing diuretic can lower blood pressure raise potassium not particularly strong. Also used high doses for cirrhosis of liver ...Read more

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Dr. Anita Deswal
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Spironolactone (Definition)

Treats fluid retention (edema) in patients with congestive heart failure, liver cirrhosis, or nephrotic syndrome. Also treats high blood pressure, heart failure, and low blood potassium (hypokalemia). This medicine is ...Read more


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Are there long term negative effects from taking spironolactone?

Are there long term negative effects from taking spironolactone?

No: As long as your electrolytes (especially potassium) is monitored, taking spironolactone is fine. It can lower blood pressure, improve abnormal thickening of the heart, decrease protein in the urine, and may decrease the risk of becoming diabetic. Do not take if pregnant, however, since it can lead to birth defects. ...Read more

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Is long term menstrual spotting from spironolactone use concerning?

Is long term menstrual spotting from spironolactone use concerning?

Generally not: Spotting is relatively common in women taking spironolactone, and generally does not reflect an underlying problem, but it is best to check with your physician to be sure nothing else is going on. ...Read more

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How important it is to take ocps with spironolactone , if i'm already using alternate method of contraception? Does ocp do long term harm to the body

How important it is to take ocps with spironolactone , if  i'm already using alternate method of contraception? Does ocp do long term harm to the body

Varies: If a woman conceives while taking spironolactone - she just needs to stop that medication when she finds out she is pregnant. If you are using birth control already you do not need the pill as well. There is a slight increase in the risk for a DVT while using the pill, otherwise the pill does not do any harm to the body in the short or long term. ...Read more

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For male pattern baldness (24 yrs), is spironolactone 25mg daily effective for hair regrowth? Can the dose cause chemical castration on long term use?

For male pattern baldness (24 yrs), is spironolactone 25mg daily effective for hair regrowth? Can the dose cause chemical castration on long term use?

No, it's not good: Sprinolactone is used to reduce the levels of male hormones in women with hair loss. It's not the appropriate drug for men. The only drugs that are fda approved for hair loss in men are Propecia and rogaine (minoxidil). Consult with your dermatologist for an appropriate treatment that fits your needs. ...Read more

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Hirsutism-how long will I have to take spironolactone?

Hirsutism-how long will I have to take spironolactone?

9 months, longer: As long as you want and your doctor agrees, but spironolactone doesn't really work well until you've taken it 9 months to a year. ...Read more

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Can I get any diseases or sickness from taking spironolactone(acne) for a long time?

Can I get any diseases or sickness from taking spironolactone(acne) for a long time?

Potential side effxs: There are quite a few potential side effects from use of this medicine: hair loss, breast enlargement (gynecomastia), low blood count, menstrual irregularity, impotence (for men), hives, and severe "drug-rash with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms" (DRESS) are among severe ones. Minor symptoms can include belly pain, diarrhea, headaches, drowsiness, leg cramps etc....so consult doc. Good luck ...Read more

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I was prescribed spironolactone for PCOS I was wondering how long it would take for the cyst to go away?

I was prescribed spironolactone for PCOS I was wondering how long it would take for the cyst to go away?

Not what it is for: Spironolacton is an anti-androgen. It is used in PCOS to counteract some of the androgenic (male hormonal) effects of PCOS like hirsuitism (facial hair). It does not get rid of the cysts in the ovaries in patients with PCOS. We do not have a treatment that can do that at this time ...Read more

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How long does it take for diuretics to begin working? I started taking 50 mg aldactone (spironolactone) daily yesterday. Ascites after hysterectomy.

How long does it take for diuretics to begin working?  I started taking 50 mg aldactone (spironolactone) daily yesterday. Ascites after hysterectomy.

Varies: Onset of action for most diuretics is within a couple of hours with increase in urine output for a few hours. However, clinical response with resolution of ascites or edema would be highly variable from patient to patient. ...Read more

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Can spironolactone cause hair loss? Loss started a couple months after beginning med. and if I stop taking it how long for my hair to return to normal

Kinda: Spironolactone is a drug used to treat excessive hair growth. Spironolactone antagonizes the male hormone (through the androgen receptor) at the skin level, directly stopping new hair growth. So, it wouldn't lead to hair loss, but it may stop new hair growth. ...Read more

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Was on spironolactone for acne 1 1/2 weeks. Sleepiness, confusion, nausea intolerable. Stopped taking. How long till out of system & feel normal?

5 x (1/2 life): Spironolactone half-life is 1.5 hours, so that component will be out in 7.5 hours, however, it is metablized to another component that hangs around 16.5 hours, so 5x16.5 = 82.5 hours or 3 days and 10.5 hours. Then it will be out of your system. So, it depends on whether your symptoms are from the parent compound (7.5 hours) or its metabolite (82.5 hours). Good luck and best wishes. ...Read more

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50 mg spironolactone (for hormonal acne) caused diffuse hair loss for me for last 5 months. Thyroid/iron/autoimmune/etc. labs all normal. Will this resolve without stopping the med? How long could it take? Would a change in dosage maybe help?

50 mg spironolactone (for hormonal acne) caused diffuse hair loss for me for last 5 months. Thyroid/iron/autoimmune/etc. labs all normal. Will this resolve without stopping the med? How long could it take? Would a change in dosage maybe help?

Hair loss: Spironolactone, being antiandrogenic, actually is used to treat female pattern hair loss. Your hair loss may be genetically determined. Any other female relatives with hair thinning pattern? For further evaluation a dermatologist may be able to pinpoint the type of hair loss you have and determine whether hair regrowth may be likely. ...Read more

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How long should I wait to go to the doctor for the swelling? I take 60mg of Lasix and i also take atenolol, spironolactone and k-dur. I am always swollen in my legs, ankles and top of feet. The water pills don't work every day like they should.

How long should I wait to go to the doctor for the swelling? I take 60mg of Lasix and i also take atenolol, spironolactone and k-dur. I am always swollen in my legs, ankles and top of feet. The water pills don't work every day like they should.

There : There is a lot that is not known here. Don't know how long you have been on a trial of the current medication regimen. Don't know how high your blood pressure is running or if you have any congestive heart failure. Would recommend that you call your doctor or his / her medical staff to pose this question. ...Read more

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Can i take prednisone for my bell's palsy while taking aldactone, metropolol , klor con, Lipitor , lyrica (pregabalin) and vitamins?How much and how long?

Can i take prednisone for my bell's palsy  while taking aldactone, metropolol , klor con, Lipitor , lyrica (pregabalin) and vitamins?How much and how long?

See neurologist: ™ make sure that it is bell's palsy and nothing else bells palsy is the condition of peripheral facial palsy that is idiopathic (i.e. Undetermined cause--possibly viral ) at 78 there may be other causes. ...Read more

Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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Aldactone (Definition)

Aldactone is a potassium-sparing agent which is a kind of water pill or diuretic (heart ...Read more