While initially designed for a variety of disorders like high blood pressure and fluid retention, spironolactone has been discovered to help treat women with hair loss due to abnormal hormonal levels. While the FDA hasn't approved spironolactone for such uses, many doctors will prescribe post menopausal and other hormonal women the drug for hair loss treatment.
Spironolactone is part of a family of drugs called antiandrogens which help regulate androgen hormones in your body (an example of an androgen hormone is testosterone). While androgens are usually found in large amounts in men, women have androgens as well, just in smaller amounts.
Hair loss can be caused by many different reasons but one of those reasons is an unstable hormone balance in your body. Abnormally high testosterone levels can cause DHT to bind to your hair folicules and cause you to lose your hair. Antiandrogens like spironolactone work to lower those levels and also prevent DHT binding to your hair.
A typical spironolactone regimine is a dosage of about 50 to 100 mg per day. Typically positive results of the treatment won't be realized until 2 or 3 weeks so it is important to follow your regimine determined by your doctor.
If you think that spironolactone would be a drug you may be interested in, talk to your doctor and getting a prescription and more information about it.
Common Side EffectsAs with many powerful prescription drugs, spironolactone has some side effects that you should be aware of before taking it. Some of the most common side effects include:
- breast tenderness
- irregular menstrual cycle
- increased potassium levels
- dry mouth and increased thirst
- low blood pressure
- diarrhea, stomach cramps, and/or vomiting
Other WarningsYou should not take spironolactone with any potassium supplements or other therapies or drugs that minimalize natural potassium loss in your body. Spironolactone causes your body to lose a lot less potassium which could potentially cause hyperkalemia which is a potentially fatal condition.
Also, spironolactone is a diuretic that will cause you to urinate much more frequently so its important that you remain hydrated throughout the day to keep your fluid levels high. Also, because of the increased urination, the best time to take the drug is in the morning so you don't end up waking up in the middle of the night to go pee.
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