What Do You Know about Aldactone and Hair Loss?

To start with, one should realize that there are several forms of hair loss with each of them having its own causes and treatment methods. This brief review will deal exclusively with the hereditary form of hair loss also known as male or female pattern baldness. Every hair loss sufferer has heard about Propecia being the only approved medicinal pill for treating hair loss in men. It is an antiandrogen drug, blocking the activity of the metabolite of the male hormone testosterone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and thus protecting the hair follicles and eventually the hair from its harmful effects. The main weakness of this pill is that it can only be prescribed to male patients.

But 25% of women are also suffering from the hereditary form of hair loss and they cannot use this medication. The female form of baldness is usually less focused on the top and front of the scalp. It is diffuse, so women lose their hair less noticeably. However, due to this balding pattern they also make less suitable candidates for hair transplantation as they lack the hair density in the donor area and the hair that would be transplanted from the back of their scalp would not be necessarily resistant to balding as it is with male patients.

However, not so many doctors and only a few female hair loss sufferers know of spironolactone which is widely available as generic Aldactone. This pill can be used to treat female pattern hair loss quite effectively. However, since it has never being approved by any significant health authority for such purpose caution is required. Therefore, if your doctor decides to prescribe it to you for treating hair loss it must be done off-label and patient must fully understand the risks involved. However, not all doctors will do that so some female hair loss patients have no option other than to buy Aldactone from online sources. Other applications of Aldactone (the active substance spironolactone is a diuretic that helps reduce fluid retention in the body) include the treatment of hyperkalemia, heart failure, excess body hair in women and severe acne in women. Due to its antiandrogen effects, it can also be used as a common component in hormone therapy for male-to-female transsexual and transgender people. As you can see, the therapeutic properties of spironolactone are plentiful which obviously carries the risk of negative side effects, Therefore, this medication should always be used on doctor’s prescription even if you only use it to treat hair loss.

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