Aldactone (spironolactone) for Female Hair Loss

Although it may sound surprising, female hereditary form of hair loss affects about 25% of the adult female population. It may not seem so, since the female form of hair loss is diffuse and, therefore, less visible than men’s form and women are more likely to cover their thin areas with hair systems than men. Women also happen to have fewer treatment options as they cannot use the best male hair loss pill Propecia and many of them do not make a good candidate for hair transplantation. This is because they lack the hair density in the back of their scalp as their hair loss is diffuse and if their hair from the back of the scalp got transplanted to another area of the scalp it would not necessarily stay there.

However, apart from Rogaine and herbal hair loss treatments there is one pill that can be considered as a female form of Propecia. This pill is called Aldactone and spironolactone is its main active substance. Therefore, you will often hear people mentioning generic Aldactone, which is actually the chemical substance called spironolactone. Spironolactone is a diuretic that prevents your body from absorbing too much salt and retain too much water and keeps your potassium levels from getting too low. Hence spironolactone is used to treat hypokalemia (low potassium levels in your blood), fluid retention in the body, high blood pressure and heart failure. In addition, it is used to treat excess body hair and hormonal adult acne in women. However, some doctors have never heard of spironolactone's hair growth promoting properties despite the fact that it is probably the most powerful weapon in the fight against female pattern baldness.

It is spironolactone's antiandrogenic properties that are so valuable when treating genetically determined hair loss in women. This drug can not only inhibit conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT) but it can also bind to receptor sites in hair follicles and thus compete with DHT so that this natural metabolite cannot harm them. DHT is the main culprit in causing hereditary baldness in men and women and it acts by attacking susceptible hair follicles, causing their gradual miniaturization and decay. Altactone (spironolactone) is only available at doctor’s prescription and should only be used in women. Unfortunately not every dermatologist is ready to prescribe Aldactone off-label for treating hair loss and thus many women are forced to acquire Aldactone online with no prescription in order to help themselves to save their hair. Some male hair loss patients are also experimenting with the use of spironolactone but they should only apply it topically as oral spironolactone can have strong feminizing effects on the male body.