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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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I'm on medications like ginette 35, finasteride and aldactone (spironolactone).Will I be able to take a 24 hour free cortisol test? Will my medications affect the result

I'm on medications like ginette 35, finasteride and aldactone (spironolactone).Will I be able to take a 24 hour free cortisol test? Will my medications affect the result

Test will work: Hi. Your BCP, finasteride, and spironolactone will not interfere with your 24-hour urinary cortisol test. PCOS is a "diagnosis of exclusion", meaning things like Cushing's may need to be excluded for PCOS to be a valid diagnosis. Your doctor has considered that Cushing's is possible, so has ordered the 24-hour UFC to screen for Cushing's. Good luck! ...Read more

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I'm on medications like diane 35, finasteride and aldactone (spironolactone). I have to take a 24 hour urine cortisol test. Will my medications affect the test result?

I'm on medications like diane 35, finasteride and aldactone (spironolactone). I have to take a 24 hour urine cortisol test. Will my medications affect the test result?

Cortisol test: It would be best to have the 24 hour urine without the drugs for one day but before you do that you must check with your doctor.

It is not very likely that the meds will interfere with the lab but why take the chance before discussing with your doctor. ...Read more

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I am transgender and I do not want SRS, but I am interested in chemical castration. I am taking Estradiol and Spironolactone now. What other drugs wou?

I am transgender and I do not want SRS, but I am interested in chemical castration. I am taking Estradiol and Spironolactone now. What other drugs wou?

Here are some...: I am glad to see you have come thus far in MTF without SRS. To go further, it is important to rethink and reassess what may be your final goals to what stage of MTF; then decide what may be your further efforts which you would like to cope with so to fit your realistic personal/social readjustment. So, please bring all the related concerns to your treating doctor. ...Read more

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How often does the drug spironolactone cause breast enlargement in women?

How often does the drug spironolactone cause breast enlargement in women?

Not in women: Spironolactone (aldactone) is an antiandrogen, so it does have an effect to decrease testoterone, and there is an indirect estrogenic effect - which can cause breast enlargement (gynecomastia) and tenderness in men. Breast tenderness is occasionally reported in women, but this is unusual. ...Read more

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Can I take aldactone (spironolactone) w/ another drug to lower my potassium levels? And both work to do their job? Aldactone (spironolactone) made me have high pot. But I want to take it

Can I take aldactone (spironolactone) w/ another drug to lower my potassium levels? And both work to do their job? Aldactone (spironolactone) made me have high pot. But I want to take it

It depends: It depends on why you're taking spironolactone (Aldactone). Suggest low potassium diet - especially avoid tomatoes, potatoes, bananas and orange juice (or V8 juice). Some people take an additional diuretic to lower potassium but these drugs have other side effects. ...Read more

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What does spironolactone do?

What does spironolactone do?

Receptor antagonist: Hi. Spironolactone blocks the aldosterone receptor and the testosterone receptor. Depending on the condition being treated, it is used for both purposes. ...Read more

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What is the use of spironolactone?

What is the use of spironolactone?

Many uses: Spironolactone is a diuretic and can be used to get rid of the body's extra fluid. It's also a aldosterone blocker and can be used to block the adverse effects of aldosterone on the heart and other tissues. It's also a testosterone blocker and can be used to decrease hair growth in patients with excessive hair. ...Read more

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Is taking 100mg of Spironolactone the right dosage?

Depends: It depends on why one is on spirolonolactone. The usual dose for treatment of hypertension is 12.5 - 50 mg daily dose. At times, up to 200 mg per day can be used in treating edema. ...Read more

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I'm on 125mg of spironolactone is that dose too high?

I'm on 125mg of spironolactone is that dose too high?

Depends: Depends on what you are treating. The dose can go as high as 400 mg/day so it's all relative. ...Read more

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What exactly does a spironolactone pill do to the body?

What exactly does a spironolactone pill do to the body?

Anti aldo, anti andr: Based on your email, I assume you are female. Spironolactone is used in pcos syndrome to decrease androgens leading to hirsuitism. It is a diuretic with anti aldosterone and anti-androgen properties. ...Read more

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What is spironolactone? What are the side affects to this medican?

See below: Spironolactone is a pottassium sparing diuretic. A diuretic is a medication which enhances fluid and salt excretion from the kidney. Spironolactone is a weak diuretic and is used because it does not require pottassium supplementation unlike other diueretics. It is also used to treat high blood pressure and heart problems. ...Read more

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I would like to know a dosage to take of spironolactone ~ is 100mg right?

I would like to know a dosage to take of spironolactone ~ is 100mg right?

Your doc will tell: Hi. It is not up to you to decide, but that is the job of your doctor who prescribed the spironolactone. No pharmacy would fill your doctor's prescription without including the instructions on how to take it on the pill container. Please follow the directions your doctor gave you. Good luck! ...Read more

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I'm on spironolactone 50mg tabs. I forgot to take it yesterday. Took my BP was 166/95 p67.Retook 149/94 p66. Should I be concerned? I'm 34 yrs old.

I'm on spironolactone 50mg tabs. I forgot to take it yesterday. Took my BP was 166/95 p67.Retook 149/94 p66. Should I be concerned? I'm 34 yrs old.

No: Like not getting Fluoride in the water, elevated BP is mostly problematic at that level only if left like that for prolonged periods of time, like weeks and months. You should be fine if you simply get back on the spironalactone. Good luck, and keep an eye on that bp! ...Read more

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Lowest dose of Spironolactone bill is 25 mg. My BP Avge 100/65 on it. When cutting it in half, BP no more than 130/80.Do you recommend using 12.5 mg?

Lowest dose of Spironolactone bill is 25 mg. My BP Avge 100/65 on it. When cutting it in half, BP no more than 130/80.Do you recommend using 12.5 mg?

Need more info: Hi. We need more information. Why were you prescribed Spironolactone instead of some other BP medicine? Did you have low blood potassium and high blood pressure? If so, and it's due to the adrenal steroid, Aldosterone, if adrenal surgery is not an option, Spironolactone (or preferably Eplerenone) is the best drug. Spironolactone blocks testosterone (undesirable in guys) but Eplerinone does not. ...Read more

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Is spironolactone safe or pcos?

Is spironolactone safe or pcos?

Spironolactone: Spironolactone blocks testosterone action. It treats the pcos symptom of excess hair growth, not the underlying Insulin resistance. Effective treatment requires twice daily dosing with 50 or 75 mg. Six months before you see benefits. ...Read more

Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Aldactone (Definition)

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