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Posted by: Denise | 2010/05/17

Safety of using these meds


Hi there

Please advise if these meds help with Birth control related hair loss? Also what are the side effects from use

Aldactone or Tagamet

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Hi Denise

Spironolactone (Aldactone) in doses of 50 to 200 mg has successfully been used as an antiandrogen to treat hair loss in women, although not specifically for hairloss as a result of using birth control pills.

Cimetidine (tagamet) has been studied in women with androgenic alopecia showing promising results. High doses are however needed.

With cimetidine common side effects include: •Breast enlargement in men (gynecomastia) in up to 4 percent of people (see Cimetidine and Gynecomastia)
•Headaches up to 3.5 percent
•Diarrhea up to 1 percent
•Dizziness up to 1 percent
•Drowsiness up to 1 percent.

With spirinolactone common side effects include:
•Low blood pressure (hypotension)
•Diarrhea or constipation
•Dry mouth
•Nausea, vomiting, or loss of appetite
•Dizziness
•Drowsiness or confusion
•Breast development in men (gynecomastia)
•Menstrual changes, including irregular or absent periods

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Posted by: pharmacist | 2010/05/18

Hi Denise

Spironolactone (Aldactone) in doses of 50 to 200 mg has successfully been used as an antiandrogen to treat hair loss in women, although not specifically for hairloss as a result of using birth control pills.

Cimetidine (tagamet) has been studied in women with androgenic alopecia showing promising results. High doses are however needed.

With cimetidine common side effects include: •Breast enlargement in men (gynecomastia) in up to 4 percent of people (see Cimetidine and Gynecomastia)
•Headaches up to 3.5 percent
•Diarrhea up to 1 percent
•Dizziness up to 1 percent
•Drowsiness up to 1 percent.

With spirinolactone common side effects include:
•Low blood pressure (hypotension)
•Diarrhea or constipation
•Dry mouth
•Nausea, vomiting, or loss of appetite
•Dizziness
•Drowsiness or confusion
•Breast development in men (gynecomastia)
•Menstrual changes, including irregular or absent periods

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