Compare Propecia vs. spironolactone
Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.
Propecia (finasteride) helps men with hair growth, but needs to be used for at least 3 months or more to see full benefits.
Aldactone (spironolactone) should be used with other medicines to get rid of excess fluid in your body, especially if you have heart failure.
- Significant increases in hair count were seen at 6 and 12 months in men taking Propecia (finasteride). At 12 months there was a 107-hair difference from those men not taking Propecia (finasteride).
- Available in a generic form.
- Is useful as a supplemental treatment to hair transplant surgery.
- Most side effects go away after your body gets used to Propecia (finasteride).
- Has a low risk of causing muscle problems from low potassium levels in your blood.
- More useful when taken with another diuretic that'll also help your body get rid of extra fluids.
- Can lower blood pressure.
- Reduces the risk of death in people with heart failure.
- Only good for the crown of the head. If you have a receding hairline, Propecia (finasteride) may not work.
- If you stop taking it, you will lose the hair you grew while on it.
- Can take 3 months or longer to see full benefits.
- Sexual side effects can continue after you stop taking Propecia (finasteride).
- You need to have your blood tested regularly for signs of prostate cancer while taking Propecia (finasteride).
- Should never be used by women or children.
- Aldactone (spironolactone) doesn't work well on its own. It should be used with another drug to help get rid of excess fluids.
- Has many possible side effects, especially when higher doses are used.
- Can increase the risk of tumor growth.
- You'll need to have blood tests done regularly since Aldactone (spironolactone) can affect your potassium levels and kidneys.
- Decreased libido2%
- Risk during pregnancy
- Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels
- Prostate cancer
- Men aged 55 years or older
- Taking 5 mg/day
- Tumor development
- Low blood pressure
- Taking with alcohol
- Taking other medicines that lower your blood pressure
- Heart problems from high potassium
- Current kidney problems
- Taking other medicines that increase potassium
- Use of salt substitutes
- Breast pain or swelling