What is Aldactone
Aldactone, a water pill, is used to treat high blood pressure and fluid retention caused by various conditions, including heart disease. Spironolactone causes the kidneys to eliminate unneeded water and salt from the body into the urine. Spironolactone is also used to treat certain patients with hyperaldosteronism and in certain patients with low potassium levels. Spironolactone medicine is sometimes prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information. Aldactone is a diuretic and is used as an antiandrogen. Aldactone is a synthetic drug. Aldactone belongs in a class of pharmaceuticals called potassium – sparing diuretics.
How to use Medicine
Aldactone comes as a tablet to take by mouth. It usually is taken once a day in the morning with breakfast or twice a day with breakfast and lunch. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take spironolactone exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor. Spironolactone controls high blood pressure but does not cure it. Continue to take spironolactone even if you feel well. Do not stop taking spironolactone without talking to your doctor.
DO NOT DRIVE, OPERATE MACHINERY, OR DO ANYTHING ELSE THAT COULD BE DANGEROUS until you know how you react to this medicine. Using this medicine alone, with other medicines, or with alcohol may lessen your ability to drive or to perform other potentially dangerous tasks. DO NOT USE A SALT SUBSTITUTE or potassium supplement without checking with your doctor. BEFORE YOU BEGIN TAKING ANY NEW MEDICINE, either prescription or over-the-counter, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
FOR WOMEN: THIS MEDICINE IS EXCRETED IN BREAST MILK. DO NOT BREAST-FEED while taking this medicine.
Patients receiving Aldactone diuretics therapy must be placed under observation for evidence of
Flaccid paralysis of the extremities
Low serum sodium level
Spironolactone is a potassium-sparing diuretic used to treat congestive heart failure or high blood pressure. It may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor. Aldactone (Spironolactone) is used primarily to treat Ascites in patients with liver disease Aldactone is used primarily to treat Low – renin hypertension Aldactone is used primarily to treat Hypokalemia Aldactone is used primarily to treat Conn`s syndrome
Spironolactone also is used in combination with other medicines to treat precocious puberty or myasthenia gravis. Spironolactone also may be used to treat certain female patients with abnormal facial hair. Talk to your doctor about the possible risks of using this medicine for your condition
If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include nausea, vomiting, weakness, and lightheadedness.
Patients receiving Aldactone diuretics therapy must be placed under observation for evidence of Low serum sodium level,Mild acidosis
Note:Aldactone (Spironolactone) when used on its own, is a weak diuretic, but, can be combined with other diuretics. The antihypertensive effect of Aldactone (Spironolactone) may exceed the combined effects of other antihypertensive. Due to the anti – androgen effect of Aldactone (Spironolactone) this medicine may be used to treat Hirsutism. In male – to – female transsexual and transgender people, Aldactone (Spironolactone) is a common component in hormone therapy. Aldactone (Spironolactone) is used to treat hair loss and acne in women and may even be used as a topical medication for treatment of male baldness. Aldactone reduces the risk of Alzheimer`s disease Higher levels of Aldactone may be associated with a lower risk of dementia Aldactone tends to promote sodium excretion and potassium retention
Aldactone Side effects
Aldactone may even cause
Gynecomastia (inability to achieve or maintain erection)
Testicular atrophy Ataxia
Erectile dysfunction Drowsiness
Hyperkalemia Gastric bleeding
Carcinoma of the breast
Maculopapular or Erythematosus cutaneous eruptions
Cholestatic / Hepatocellular toxicity
Renal dysfunction (including renal failure) If you notice any severe/persistent symptoms inform your health care professional.
Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.
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