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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?
(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
Any decision about medication should be made with the input of your physician.
Hope this is helpful.
Geoffrey Redmond, MD
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