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Dr. Foster Carr
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Hair Loss (Definition)

Hair loss, otherwise known as alopecia, can be caused by different reasons, including damage to the hair shaft or follicles or fungal infections. There are two main types of alopecia. Alopecia areata occurs when the body's immune system attacks hair follicles and causes hair to fall out. Androgenetic (or androgenic) alopecia, on the other hand, is an inherited form of hair loss. With alopecia areata, hair can fall out in patches all over the body. With androgenetic alopecia, hair on the head first thins and then falls out. In men, this is called male pattern hair loss; in women, it is called ...Read more


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Can spironolactone cause hair loss. Loss started after taking the med.

Can spironolactone cause hair loss. Loss started after taking the med.

Spironolactone: Yes, spironolactone has hormonal side effects and the side effects include hair changes. As well, the reason you require spironolactone may affect your hair follicles - is your circulation impaired? And, zinc and other vitamins are essential for hair/scalp health. ...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

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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Does continuous use of spironolactone stop hair loss in post-menopausal women?

Maybe: Spironolactone blocks the was androgens (male type hormones) affect the hair follicle. Blocking these hormones can help stop "male" pattern hair loss in women. They have no affect for other causes of hair loss, such as from thyroid abnormalitis, etc. ...Read more

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Does Spironolactone really help with hair loss?

Does Spironolactone really help with hair loss?

Spironilactone: it is an aldosterone antagonist, potassium sparing diuretic that also inhibits the 5-alpha reductase receptors on hair follicles. It slows down hair loss but does not affect hair re- growth. Hope that helps ...Read more

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Would spironolactone help with hormonal hair loss?

Would spironolactone help with hormonal hair loss?

Depends: If your baldness is due to hormonal hair loss there is potential for you to benefit. I would see your doctor and weight the other options, romaine for women as well as determine the exact cause of your hair loss. Good luck ...Read more

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Was on bc for hair loss, worked great, hair went back normal. Added spironolactone, few months later shedding increased. Spiro the cause?

Was on bc for hair loss, worked great, hair went back normal. Added spironolactone, few months later shedding increased.  Spiro the cause?

No: If anything, spironolactone should help. Probably the pill got your hair growing again mostly at the same time. All hair follicles go through a cycle where they grow, stabilize, then fall out to start over again. Now they are falling out together but they will come back. ...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


Dr. Emily Altman
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Alopecia (Definition)

Alopecia is a term describing the loss of hair from the head or body. There are many potential causes including hairstyling routines ...Read more