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If you've used Aldactone, please help others by adding your feedback. What would you tell your best friend about this product? Please remember that we do not give medical advice. That is for your local health care provider, who is familiar with your medical history.

Subj: Breathing problems
Date: 11/29/2008
Severe shallow breathing!!

AskDocWeb: As with any breathing problems, please call your doctor.

Subj: Concerned about cancer
Date: 10/21/2009
I've been taking 150mg. of aldactone for about 2 years now to treat hair loss. I recently read that this medication has been known to cause cancer in laboratory rats; so I would like to taper off of it. I am wondering how taper off properly?

AskDocWeb: That may depend on your current medical condition. Because this drug affects your potassium and hormone levels, you should discuss this with your doctor before discontinuing.

Subj: Increase of cellulite?
Date: 12/18/2010
does aldactone cause increase of cellulite? I was told that due to dehydration the body tends to store fat.

AskDocWeb: The product information for Aldactone (spironolactone) does not list an increase in cellulite from Aldactone use. There are several factors that influence the production of cellulite: heredity, lymphatic, intestinal, hormonal, circulatory, liver function, and lifestyle factors. The key to getting rid of cellulite and keeping it off is often found in restoring a healthy metabolism.

Subj: Conceived after taking aldactone
Date: 12/25/2010
I was taking aldactone 170 mg for 3 months for hairloss from post stopping oral pill. My last period was the day of my last dose of aldactone and then I got pregnant. For how long does the effect stay in the body as I must have concieved 2-3wks post stopping the the pill....plz help

AskDocWeb: Aldactone is a trade name for spironolactone, also sold as Aldactazide, Berlactone, Novo-Spiroton, Spiractin, Spirotone, and Verospiron. It has a relatively short half-life however it is metabolized into canrenoate, which has a longer half-life of 10 to 35 hours. After two weeks there would be somewhere between 0.13% and less than one-in-13-billionth of the original dose left. Unfortunately the hormonal effects stay around longer.

According to an article in Nurse Practitioner (2003;28:8-25), The pathogenesis and treatment of PCOS: "It is recommended that Spironolactone be discontinued 3 months prior to conception because of its association with menstrual irregularity and possible teratogenic effects." Please discuss this with your doctor.

Date: 4/13/2015
I had severe low potassium and was on 2 10meq 3 times daily. I was also on 2 lasix 20mg daily. I have multiple sclerosis and suffer from fatigue and severe muscle spasms and twitching. Thank you for your browser information. I now realize that the 20mg of spironolactone that the kidney Dr. Put me on is doing nothing but making me worse. Thank goodness Jesus helped me find it through you because these days the Drs. are so busy they didn't seem to concerned with my irregular heart beat and chest pain, back ache and kidney pain. Thank you so much.

AskDocWeb: Always talk to your doctor before discontinuing any prescription drug. When taking multiple drugs it is very important to check for interactions between those drugs.

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