What is Aldactone (Spironolactone) used for?
Aldactone (Spironolactone) is an oral potassium-sparing diuretic medication used to treat water retention caused by heart failure, liver cirrhosis, or kidney disorders. It operates by preventing salt absorption to draw excess water out of the body to be excreted through urination. Your physician may also prescribe it to treat other unlisted conditions.
How should I use Aldactone (Spironolactone)?
Use Aldactone (Spironolactone) according to your physician's instructions to get the most effective results. The typical dose is one tablet taken early in the day to prevent sleep disturbance caused by increased urination. Your particular directions may differ based on the condition being treated, your current health, and the severity of your symptoms. The tablets should be swallowed with a large glass of water and can be with or without food, but a snack is recommended before use if you experience nausea. You are suggested to increase your fluid intake to prevent dehydration as this medication causes increased urination. Never split or crush the tablets as this may destroy or alter the effects of their contents. Ask your physician any questions you have about the medication to ensure the correct usage.
What are the side effects of Aldactone (Spironolactone)?
Side effects that may be caused by Aldactone (Spironolactone) include:
Serious side effects that can require medical attention are irregular heartbeats, numbness, muscle pain, muscle weakness, tremors, trouble breathing, urinary retention, severe drowsiness, severe skin reaction, darkened urine, discolored stools, or jaundice. Inform your physician about any severe or worrying symptoms that occur to make sure the correct alterations are made to you regimen to prevent further complications.
Aldactone (Spironolactone) should not be used if you have anuria, high potassium levels in the blood, Addison's disease, acute renal insufficiency, or reduce kidney function. You are also suggested to inform your physician if you are elderly or if you have porphyrias, decreased kidney function, or decreased liver function. These conditions may require alterations to your regimen to prevent unexpected health problems from occurring.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Aldactone (Spironolactone). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.