Spironolactone (commonly branded as Novo-Spiroton and other names) is a diuretic product which is also used regularly for its antiandrogen properties. Spironolactone is one of many types of potassium-sparing diuretics which is used to effectively treat conditions such as a heart failure, liver disease, and Conn’s syndrome.

Spironolactone is not an extremely effective diuretic as it is targeting your distal nephron. There can only be a minor increase to the amount of volume that is produced when this part of the body is being targeted. If you are using other diuretic products then you could receive great benefits though. As an antiandrogen drug, spironolactone is very effective for treating hirsutism. It is also considered to be a very effective part of hormone therapy in transexuals that are becoming females and were males to begin with.

Spironolactone for Hair Loss Treatment
Spironolactone is often used to treat hair loss conditions. It is used in women that are suffering from hair loss and men that are suffering from male baldness issues. Women that suffer from PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) can relieve some of the symptoms of the condition. For instance, spironolactone is very effective at treating the symptom of excessive facial hair growth in women with PCOS.

Spironolactone for Acne Treatment

If you have a small amount of acne then you will not want to use spironolactane to treat it. Spironolactane is best used to treat acne that was a result of a hormonal breakout. Spironolactane is extremely effective at treating hormonal acne and is said to work for at least two thirds of women with acne. It is almost effective 90% of the time when used in combination with an antibiotic.

Spironolactone for Heart Failure Treatment

One of the greatest uses of spironolactone is using it for heart failure treatment. Studies have shown that spironolactone is very effective at treating heart failure. The risk of death in individuals that have suffered from a heart failure and have used spironolactone to treat it was reduced by 30% in one specific study. It was also noted that the symptoms of the heart failure and the rehabilitation were kept to a minimum.

What to Know Before Using Spironolactone
Spironolactone should never be used in combination with potassium supplements. This is due to the fact that it will increase the chance of hyperkalemia developing. Spironolactone is also said to be capable of leading to the development of gynecomastia for men so factor this in before using the drug.

It is said that spironolactone can cause an excess of bleeding in the stomach. There is no direct link between spironolactone and stomach bleeding but if stomach bleeding is experienced then the spironolactone could cause more blood than normal. One of the larger concerns for using spironolactone is that is could cause a serious health issue such as gynecomastia, testicular atrophy or changes in your menstrual cycle. Spironolactone can even lead to the development of issues such as erectile dysfunction, rashes, and more. It is very important that you know about all the side effects and risks of using spironolactone before you invest in it.

There are many benefits to using spironolactane but it does not come without a number of risks and side effects as well. A few of the other benefits that have yet to be listed for spironolactane use include a lowered chance of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease. There are still many issues with using this drug but it is one of the more effective treatments for hormonal acne, heart failure, and various other medical conditions. Lastly, before you begin using spironolactane you will need to speak with your doctor so you know absolutely everything about the drug and know that it is safe and beneficial for you to use.

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