Comment from: hubcap 75 or over Male 2 to less than 5 years Patient Published: April 07

I'm 84 and have been taking this for 3 years for heart problem with water retention and after 2 /1/2 years I started growing breasts and 6 months ago they started to get tender, notified my cardiologist and he took me off it and told me to check my BP for a week and get back. BP was good and now I'm not taking it any more.

Comment from: rasul sp 35-44 Male Patient Published: April 16

I have been taking this medication for about 6 months has been very good on my hbp.however I start to notice fatty tissue in my chest so I went to the dr. and he got a xray and its gynecomastia other than that an a little potassium spike I believe for me the benefit outweighs the harm

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Comment from: LMason 25-34 Female 2 to less than 5 years Patient Published: July 17

I took this medication for 3 years to treat adult acne. It was wonderful. My face cleared up and I had no issues with acne. I also was taking birth control pills with this medication and when I stopped taking the birth control I noticed I had periods every 2 weeks. This was one of the side effects of the spironolactone. I have stopped taking the spironolactone and my face is breaking out again but period seems to be on the right track again.

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Comment from: kalsik 65-74 Female 6 months to less than 1 year Patient Published: May 10

I was diagnosed with hepatic cancer which was treated with radio ablation, but as a one of side effect developed severe edema went up to my scrotum and abdomen. edema was treated with Lasix and spironolactone, worked well, but one of side effect gynecomastia ( male breast enlargement)with tenderness. because of that medication was changed to Eplerenone, which I found out has the same side effect, and did not worked for me at all. I am giving second thought to go back to aldosterone despite the side effect. going to call to my doctor If I can go back on it.

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Comment from: 65-74 Female 6 months to less than 1 year Patient Published: March 11

My Cardiologist put me on 25 mg of Aldactone in 8/16 for edema caused from congestive heart failure, and then increased it to 50 mg a month later. This medication ended up screwing me up terribly, and because my doctor was punching a time clock (10 minutes and out the door to the next patient), he didn't have the time to recognize the terrible side effects I was having. My health was deteriorating so rapidly with weakness so bad that I could not function at all. This is a potassium-sparing drug and must be carefully monitored for high potassium levels that can be life-threatening. Not only did my doctor say anything about this, but never even mentioned needing to have frequent potassium levels done. I am the one who finally figured out what was causing the deterioration of my health -- the Aldactone. I got to another doctor immediately and was taken off this Aldactone. Actually, my new doctor does not even know why this other cardiologist put me on the Aldactone, as I was already on one of the most widely prescribed diuretics for edema from CHF -- 80 mg. of Lasix a day and had been for years. My new doctor spent 1 hr. 45 min. with me on 2/10/17 explaining to me what this other cardiologist should have done. It is wonderful to know that doctors are more interested in profits and rewards than the health and well-being of their patients. They take an oath "to do no harm," and the harm this medication has done to me, I will be a long, long time coming out of.

Comment from: Granny 55-64 Female less than 1 month Patient Published: September 21

Experienced hives,breathing problems,dehydration,Diabetic sugar extreme high to low within hours of each,hurt all over and still swollen ankles and legs.

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Comment from: LoveMD 35-44 Female 1 to less than 2 years Patient Published: October 23

I use this drug for adult acne and as a precaution for my borderline blood pressure. DO NOT consume ginger with this medication before or while driving and/ or operating machinery. High doses of ginger will cause heart palpitations.

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Comment from: Dexter1050 45-54 Female 1 to 6 months Patient Published: July 08

Dermatologist has me taking this for adult acne. My skin broke out badly 1 week after starting the drug but has since been fine. I am supposed to taking 50mg each day but am only taking 25mg. When I take the 25mg at night it knocks me out....I cant imagine taking 50mg! The only side effect I have experienced is an upset stomach which led me to this site. I will start taking it with food. I have suffered with acne since age 14 and am sick of it, so I hope this works.....

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Comment from: epistlewriter 65-74 Female 1 to 6 months Patient Published: May 23

This medication was too effective in lowering my B.P. It left me weak, barely able to move, completely dehydrated me, and utterly altered my sense of taste in a negative way. Everything tasted horrible and metallic. I could not function at all. The doctors who put me on Spirolactone completely ignored my debilitating symptoms. Yes I needed to lose weight but not 46 about 9 weeks. I could barely walk, was totally dehydrated, my BP hovering around 89/46 and still these doc's insisted I keep taking it. Only after I moved away from Pittsburgh, PA to Baltimore MD and git a new doc did she see that I was reacting adversely to the Spironolactone. Never again! I thought I was going to literally die and I was so weak and unable to function I might as well have been dead for the lack if help I was in getting us moved! The worst part was not having my family doctor or the specialist pay any attention to my utterly debilitating side effects.

Comment from: V.B. 25-34 Female 1 to less than 2 years Patient Published: September 02

I just wanted to say that I've personally taken Spironolactone (aka: Aldactone) for almost 2 years. I have Cushing's Disease, so I had horrible, full body acne, balding, and hirsutism. My doctor warned me before I even began taking this medication that it would take AT LEAST 6 months before I saw any changes. At the beginning of the 6th month of taking Aldactone, my skin was completely clear. At the end of the 8th month, I had stopped losing hair. Currently, the hirsutism has greatly improved, but still has a little ways to go. This medication worked great for me, but the key is to be on a consistent medication schedule, and to use a lot of patience because it take time to get results

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Comment from: David 65-74 Male less than 1 month Patient Published: May 11

I was taken off this medication because of incessant coughing which became out of control. My doctor indicated that this can happen. I am disappointed that this side effect is not mentioned in the side effects sections of several sited I read!! It also caused my blood pressure to get dangerously low!

Comment from: Lina 25-34 Female 6 months to less than 1 year Patient Published: April 18

I am 25, and I've had bad acne since forever. I've always had bad breakouts. But just until I tried a stupid electric brush, my skin just went crazy, sever acne all over my face and neck. I went to a dermatologist who prescribed Aldactone along with another one, a gel, a purifying facial wash. It's been 6 months now and let me tell you something .. this is miracle ! magic maybe ! my skin has never been clearer in my entire life. The surprising thing was that my period is regular now " I used to have irregular menstrual cycle" .. I totally love it !

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Comment from: Daulat 45-54 Male 1 to 6 months Patient Published: March 26

I had consumed this Aldactone for 4 month,once a day.I have problem in heart, especially for high blood pressure

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Comment from: Zombie_luva 35-44 Female 1 to less than 2 years Patient Published: March 19

I'm 38 and have had acne all my life. Althought the reason I started it is because about four years ago my bunga hair started thinning and I panicked. The drug worked great and pretty quickly on my skin but not sure it did to much for my hair. Its about the same. I haven't had a zit in a year. I was so happy. BUT, now that its really in my system I am experiencing the side effects which is such a bummer. My potassium has spiked. I am at the highest end of normal. I am sluggish, no energy, irregular heartbeats (this just started recently) shortness of breath, some swelling around my mouth and eyelids, bowel changes, muscle weekness in arms and legs, wicked breast discomfort in my left side and breast changes. I actually had a mammogram because it got kinda lumpy. I did have the menstrual changes in the beginning but it went away. As you can see I am experiencing too many of the side effects. I'm sad to say. I was 50 mg twice a day (100mg) but I am slow lowering my dose. This is strong stuff I'm not going to just stop. Not a good idea. I did that and two days later had a giant cyst on my cheek. So I immediately went back on but now I'm on 75mg a day. I'm about ready to be on 50mg a day and so on. I like to stay on a very low dose for my skill. Its a miracle for your skin but has a lot of side effects. Pay attention. Keep a log. The potassium level rise is very serious.

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Comment from: none 45-54 Female less than 1 month Patient Published: February 28

My dermatologist prescribed 100mg once daily for acne. I've only been taking this for a week or so, so I've not noticed any improvement yet. The reason I came to this site was to check side effects--It seems to be affecting my period in that I am still having mild spotting 1 week after my period usually stops. I do see that "menstrual changes" are a side effect, but no one else here has mentioned them. I do not see any other effects or benefits from this medication yet. I am taking the generic form of this medication and find it somewhat funny that the pills smell like crushed caraway seeds!

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Comment from: rykris143 35-44 Female 6 months to less than 1 year Patient Published: January 31

I take 50mg of this drug twice daily for the treatment of acne. In combination with Minocycline and a retinoid cream, it has completely gotten rid of the acne! I've been on this medication regimen for nine months and noticed significant results after about 2-3 months. **The only downside so far is that the pill itself smells and tastes like a skunk!

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Comment from: tobique 25-34 Female less than 1 month Patient Published: January 27

It is my second day on Spiro 25mg for treatment of PMDD and hritsuism. Side effects are mild for me, slightly tired. My eyes and lips are dry and I want to scratch my face. My skin around my mouth is also dry and I am breaking out little (very little acne normally) but it is all tolerable if this will help with the hair. My face and scalp have been extremely itchy about 6 hours after taking. I am quite moody suddenly and have had a similar experience on birth control. If Spiro controls the hair issue I can live with these side effects, but will repost after several days (only prescribed 25mg daily for 10 days prior to menses). This website is helpful.

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Comment from: Jungles 45-54 Female 1 to 6 months Caregiver Published: January 24

On drug 3 months odd for acne only (doctor prescribed). Have seen no improvement. Today I had a juice in the morning pre tablet with some spinach added at the end. I went for my walk and felt really nauseous then vomited twice on my walk - the second time down to the bile. As meds increase potassium and spinach is high in potassium - suspect this casued the problem. As my acne is mild though so as no improvemebt, I like spinaqch, and Ive read the lists of side effects - I think I'll stop and put up with the acne

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