ALDACTONE Reviews

Average Rating: 3.1 (147 Ratings)

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RATING  REASONSIDE EFFECTS FOR ALDACTONECOMMENTSSEXAGEDURATION/
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DATE ADDED
 
 1  Acne No matter how clean I ate or the amount of exercise I gained 22 lbs in 3 months. I haven't had a period in 3.5 months. All in my stomach, butt, and thighs. Nothing fits me. I've been off for 2 months now and my weight has not gone down. Can anyone give me advice? My Thyroid is functioning properly. Testosterone is low and waiting on my estrogen test to come back. I've never had any of these issues before taking this awful drug F 42 4 months
100 1X D
10/13/2021
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 2  Heart failure Have gained 10 pounds always hungry am eating a lot of fruit but still gaining also I am very lethargic and need lots of sleep F 67 5 weeks
25mg. 1/2 1X D
6/15/2021
 2  Heart failure Have gained 10 pounds always hungry am eating a lot of fruit but still gaining also I am very lethargic and need lots of sleep F 67 5 weeks
25mg. 1/2 1X D
6/15/2021
 2  Heart failure Have gained 10 pounds always hungry am eating a lot of fruit but still gaining also I am very lethargic and need lots of sleep F 67 5 weeks
25mg. 1/2 1X D
6/15/2021
 1  Acne Bloating, weight gain, breast enlargement, fatigue Is wonderful for skin, but not worth the side effects. Was at 50mg to start and there was gradual slight weight gain and I didn't think anything of it. Then dr increased to 150mg and the bloating, breast enlargement and rapid weight gain began.. just thought it was due to COVID lockdown so just started eating cleaner, journaling calories and upping my workouts. After cutting my calories 500-1000/day and working out like crazy(HIIT, cardio and weights) I still gained 15 more lbs in 2 months time. That's when I started researching and saw these same side effects were effecting others. So I stopped it. 1 month in i don't feel like a blowfish, bloating in stomach has gone down and I've lost 5 lbs. I'll continue to workout and see if the rest of the weight falls off, but am seriously upset my dermatologist did not tell me this was a side effect. All she said when I asked her about side effects was that I needed to stay hydrated and may feel a little dizzy if I stand up quickly. After researching the medication side effects myself I see that there are WAY more side effect listed than she let on. Again, upset she didn't tell me up front of all of them- so much that I don't think I'll be back to her. F 43 7 days
50-150mg 1X D
6/15/2021
 1  Edema Lactic acidosis, ovarian cysts, ovarian torsion Within 2-3 months, developed an ovarian cyst that grew large enough to torsion, requiring emergency surgery. Two weeks post-cystectomy, developed severe abdominal pain requiring hospitalization; eventually found to be lactic acidosis. As lactic acidosis was diagnosed (confirmed by labs), a second large cyst had grown on other ovary, requiring cystectomy. At no point did any medical providers suspect spironolactone having any role. Discontinued Spironolactone and second cyst shrunk, disappearing entirely over one month period, and lactic acidosis dissipated. No large ovarian cysts or torsions before or since. Was concurrently taking Metformin ER for PCOS with Spironolactone. F 32 4 months
200 MG
5/26/2021
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 5  Acne Never experienced any side effects Amazing drug for acne! I'm so very happy with the results from it! It seemed like a weird drug for acne but it works! F 36 2 years
100mg 1X D
4/30/2021
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 2  Moderate to severe acne I wont ever take this again. I started getting random sharp shooting chest pains & some of the worst bloating/gas of my life. Then over the course of the 18 months I was on it I gained 40 lbs. The thing thats bothering me is as soon as I stopped it the chest pains went away & a few weeks later my bloating/gas went away completely. I have been off of it for 12 months & Im still struggling to get the weight to come off which is unusual, Ive always been able to whip myself into shape easily before this. And of course my doctor refused to believe it was the medications fault despite the fact non of this was happening before F 26 18 months
50mg 2X D
3/25/2021
 3  Hormonal acne Started slowly on this med at 25/day. Worked way up over 6 months to max dose of 200mg. Pro: skin has been getting progressively better, still mild acne but no more cysts that last for weeks and scar. Con: In the last 3-4 months I have gained 20-25lbs, especially in stomach, butt and upper thighs. Literally nothing I own fits. Cellulite where I've never seen cellulite before. Just finally realized this week it's the Spiro, I had no clue what was going on. Hoping the weights not permanent, also worried to go off and break out. F 30 11 days
200mg 1X D
12/8/2020
 2  Cirrhosis Male - caused breast enlargement and extreme tenderness. Controlled Oedema and Ascites but side effects unbearable. Also lost sex drive and noticed thinning of chest and underarm hair Ask doctor if any alternatives without extreme side effects M 38 90 days
100mg 1X D
11/6/2020
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 1  renal failure I started with 12 and half mg per day. It made me feel awful. Foggy, drowzy and confused. Eventually I made myself adjust to it but never felt better. Physician increased dosage to 25 mg and I feel worse than ever plus depression because I feel so lethargic. I do not like it nor do I feel any improvement in my symptoms. F 74
25 1X D
8/30/2020
 5  Acne Lost weight. Acne cleared up. Minor side effect: increased thirst. This is a diuretic, you will lose a significant amount of water weight. F 32 4 years
50 2X D
7/19/2020
 3  Excessive hair and swelling I have lost 20 lbs, and have less fluid buildup and swelling. I have some dizziness at times and sleep better. The hair problem is of little change. Body changes of flabbiness noticed. F 74 7 months
100 1X D
7/19/2020
 3  Hair loss Extreme weight gain. 22 lbs. In 3 months. I've never gained like this . My hair did get thicker with some growth but I'm miserable trying to lose this weight. F 70 3 months
100 1X D
7/17/2020
 1  Blood pressure Mood swings. Weight gain. I have gained a substantial amount of weight in stomach, thighs, buttocks, and arms. I have never been this heavy in my life. I am moody and depressed. F 63 2 years
25
7/1/2020
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 2  Hormonal Acne/Facial Swelling Kidney stone, weight gain that I noticed when I got off the medication (I look pregnant!!) Definitely cleared up my skin completely but not worth kidney stones (Iíve never had kidney stones before this). Iím not sure if anyone else experienced weight gain and what looks like severe bloating after stopping the medication but I have and itís terrible. F 20 2 months
Not sure
6/26/2020
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 2  Adult Acne/ excess facial hair I am currently on the generic form of Aldactone. My acne is probably only 30-50% better. I definitely still have very clogged pores, inflammation, breakouts. I have experienced dizziness, fatigue, irregular menstrual l cycle, and swelling despite this drug being a diuretic! I have also gained weight initially and noticed a definite change in body composition. I have needed to lose 20 lbs before treatment to be fair but I have never had substantial cellulite. My thighs,butt, and hips look absolutely disgusting even though my weight now remains steady. My breasts are also a cup size larger. I am weaning down because acne is not significantly reduced and now I look like a lumpy bag of rocks. I do not understand how physicians claim weight gain is impossible when this medication blocks androgens and by default encourages an estrogen dominated status leading to reduced muscle mass and subsequent lowered metabolism. The weight is clearly positioned in areas most common in women. I will say the chin hairs do grow slightly slower and seem finer. Overall I'm not thrilled with my skin and now my body looks like it belongs to someone else. F 38 1 years
100
5/27/2020
 5  Acne face and back Headache occasionally Started on 50mg. Didn't see much improvement so the dermatologist increased to 100mg/day. Purge happened and it was awful for about 6weeks. After that, perfect skin! I'm really happy I stuck with it. Also, improved hair growth. F 42 4 months
100mg
4/21/2020
 1  Edema of legs 20 pound weight gain, tired all the time F 69 1 days
30 mg 1X D
3/19/2020
 3  high blood pressure loss of eyelashes I have experimented with taking this off and on and every time I am on it for a couple months I lose eyelashes like crazy. I also lose arm and leg hair. on the plus side, it controls my bp and raises my potassium. F 58 1 years
100 1X D
1/24/2020
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ALDACTONE  (SPIRONOLACTONE):  Spironolactone is used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure. Lowering high blood pressure helps prevent strokes, heart attacks, and kidney problems. It is also used to treat swelling (edema) caused by certain conditions (such as heart failure, liver disease) by removing excess fluid and improving symptoms such as breathing problems. This medication is also used to treat low potassium levels and conditions in which the body is making too much of a natural chemical (aldosterone). Spironolactone is known as a "water pill" (potassium-sparing diuretic).   (Sources: U.S. Centers for Medicare Services, FDA)

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