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Aldactone is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat high blood pressure, heart failure, edema, and other conditions. Aldactone is also referred to by its drug name, Spironolactone. In cases of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), Aldactone is sometimes prescribed to treat acne and excess hair growth (hirsutism). Since Aldactone is not FDA-approved to treat PCOS, this usage may be considered “off-label.”

Aldactone is in a drug class called diuretics. Diuretics, also known as water pills, treat high blood pressure and edema by ridding your body of sodium and water through urination. Aldactone is believed to work in cases of PCOS by lowering the amount of hormones known as androgens.

How do I take it?
Prescribing information states that Aldactone is generally taken one or more times daily.

Aldactone comes in tablet form.

Side effects
The FDA-approved label for Aldactone lists common side effects including headache, dizziness, skin rash, nausea, vomiting, gas, abdominal pain, and frequent urination.

Rare but serious side effects listed for Aldactone include severe electrolyte imbalance.

For more details about this treatment, visit:
Aldactone – RxList

PCOS: Spironolactone – Young Women’s Health

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