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Q:  I have read that treatment of hirsutism with spironolactone can show positive results within about six months. So, after those six months can the patient stop taking the medication, or will it be necessary to take it indefinitely?

A:  Hirsutism (increased hair growth on a woman) usually improves considerably with spironolactone. It takes 3 to 6 months to start to see an effect and then there is greater improvement during the second half of the first year of treatment.

If spiro is stopped there is a definite chance the hair will return, particularly if it is stopped after only a few months of treatment. When it has been taken for a few years, some women can taper off without the problem coming back.

Any decision about medication should be made with the input of your physician.

Hope this is helpful.


Geoffrey Redmond, MD

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