I’ve been on Aldactone (Spironolactone is the generic name) in attempts to achieve hair growth, but I just recently stopped taking it. Yep, that’s yet another hair loss treatment I’ve tried that has been a failure for me. After being diagnosed with Androgenetic Alopecia last year, I thought the medication Aldactone was my answer because it suppresses androgen and DHT activity, and the theory is that by doing this, your hair will stay on your head. Since my hair sheds too much every day, I thought this would help minimize my hair loss.
• My Aldactone journey
I started on Aldactone back in October with such high hopes (I’m calling it by the brand name because I’m tired of typing Spironolactone). Since I was told by a hair loss specialist that I have genetic hair loss, I honestly had hope this would help me. Sure nothing else has worked for growing my hair back, but I thought this could be it! I started with a super low dose of Aldactone because that’s all the Dermatologist would give me. I ramped my way up to 100mg a day of Aldactone for hair loss back in March, and I was on that until just a few days ago. In hindsight, I wasted too much time getting up to the 100mg dose, but I wanted to be safe and go slow, and the biggest obstacle I faced was getting the doctor to increase the dose.
As I’ve chronicled on hairlosshell.com, altogether I was taking Aldactone for 9 months, but only on the 100mg dose for about 4-5 months. In that time my hair loss never got better, my hair shedding never subsided (except for a few days here and there when I thought I was seeing progress, but then a few days later the shedding would come back), and my hair is worse now than it was when I first started on the medication. My hair has been rapidly thinning for the past year or two, so I’m sure it would have gotten worse even if I wasn’t on the Aldactone. If I had to guess, I’d say the Aldactone did nothing. It didn’t help my hair and it didn’t hurt it. But there’s no way to know for sure.
After reading Dr. Redmond’s book on female hair loss, one comes to the conclusion that Aldactone is the wonder drug for all women with hair loss. This myth has been perpetuated on the internet, and because so many thousands of women have taken Aldactone to achieve hair growth, that’s why I was so adamant about trying it. I have read some success stories about women that have regrown their hair after taking Aldactone, but there are just as many stories like mine – where the results are nonexistent.
• Why did I stop Aldactone?
After seeing the hair restoration doctor last month, and having him tell me he didn’t see miniaturized hairs on my head, I am now questioning if my main hair loss problem is even genetic after all. If my hair loss is being caused by a non-genetic factor, Aldactone isn’t going to help me. Plus I haven’t seen any positive results from it, so why would I continue to use the medication? The hair restoration doctor also thought it was making my hair loss worse and causing it to shed more, but I don’t think that’s true – my hair has shed a lot consistently before, during, and so far after the Aldactone.
Assuming Aldactone hadn’t helped my hair, I didn’t want to stay on it and incur unnecessary side effects. I thought it was giving me heart palpitations, and when I’d work out I’d feel winded and slightly dizzy. Scary! And it was causing heavy periods (which I ended up fixing by taking ibuprofen), but still – the last thing I need is an iron deficiency. Why didn’t I try to raise the dose to 200mg a day, which is what Dr. Redmond suggests? First, my doctor wouldn’t prescribe that high of a dose for me. And since I was seeing a few side effects, I knew the medication was definitely doing something to me, so I figured I should at least see some positive results if the Aldactone was going to work on my hair loss.
• Will stopping Aldactone cause my hair to shed even more?
I’m afraid I will experience a major shed in 2-3 months from stopping the Aldactone. Hopefully I won’t, since it didn’t seem to help keep any hair on my head, but you never know. Stopping any hair loss medication poses a risk for increased shedding a few months later. The past month or two has also been extremely stressful for me (having nothing to do with hair issues), so I anticipate even more shedding than normal coming my way soon. Great:(
Aldactone was a bust for me, but it does work for some women. None of my blood work was out of range, but my Testosterone level was high, so I thought the Aldactone would counter that. And since I was told I have Androgenetic Alopecia, Aldactone is often prescribed to treat it. Alas, it had no positive effect on me. For someone that has PCOS, high androgen levels, or symptoms of excess androgens, maybe Aldactone would work better for stabilizing female hair loss (the medication is not to be taken by men). Obviously speak with your doctor before starting or stopping any medication. And don’t be surprised if your doctor won’t prescribe Aldactone because many don’t know about it, or they don’t believe it works for hair loss. Of course, though, other doctors think it’s a miracle hair growing medication.
Do you take Aldactone or Spironolactone for hair growth, or have you taken it before? What has been your experience? Did it help your hair loss?