News  |  Journals  |  Conferences  |  Blogs  |  Articles  |  Forums  |  Twitter   
 

 Headlines:

 
 

Doctors Lounge - Endocrinology Answers

"The information provided on www.doctorslounge.com is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her physician."

Back to Endocrinology Answers List

Forum Name: Endocrinology Topics

Question: Can Spironolactone cause gum/mouth problems?


 caligirl072007 - Sun Sep 16, 2007 10:03 pm

I am a 25 year old female who has been diagnosed on again and off again with PCOS for the past five years. I display classic symptoms: irregular periods, obesity, thinning hair, and acne. My last doctor put me on a regimen of Spironolactone and Loestrin 24 Fe to counteract these side effects, and I have been taking these medications for the past two months. I have also lost nearly 30 pounds during this time due to a concerted weight loss effort.

For the past two days I have been suffering from painful, swollen, extremely tender gums. I also have a metallic taste in my mouth. Could these problems be a side effect of my medication? I researched my problems online, and it appears like extra testosterone causes these kinds of problems. And though I do have high testosterone, I thought that's what the anti-androgen was supposed to balance...? So now I'm confused. I don't think I have gum disease because I've always had remarkably healthy teeth and gums. What gives?
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Sun Sep 16, 2007 10:27 pm

User avatar Hi Caligirl072007,

I checked the side effect profile of spironolactone. These effects are not common side effects. However, the way you describe the onset of these issues is very suspicious for a drug effect.

I would recommend you see your doctor about this soon.

Best wishes.

|

Check a doctor's response to similar questions

 

advertisement.gif (61x7 -- 0 bytes)
 

Are you a Doctor, Pharmacist, PA or a Nurse?

Join the Doctors Lounge online medical community

  • Editorial activities: Publish, peer review, edit online articles.

  • Ask a Doctor Teams: Respond to patient questions and discuss challenging presentations with other members.

Doctors Lounge Membership Application

 
     

 advertisement.gif (61x7 -- 0 bytes)

 

 

Tools & Services: Follow DoctorsLounge on Twitter Follow us on Twitter | RSS News | Newsletter | Contact us

 
Copyright © 2001-2010
Doctors Lounge.
All rights reserved.

Medical Reference:
Diseases | Symptoms
Drugs | Labs | Procedures
Software | Tutorials

Advertising
Links | Humor
Forum Archive
CME Articles

Privacy Statement
Terms & Conditions
Editorial Board
About us | Email

We subscribe to the HONcode principles of the HON Foundation. Click to verify.We subscribe to the HONcode principles.
Verify here