What is Spiractin (Spironolactone) used for?
Spiractin (Spironolactone) is an oral diuretic medication prescribed to treat edema caused by liver cirrhosis, congestive heart failure, or kidney disorders. It operates by preventing the absorption of sodium in the kidneys to draw excess water out of the body so that it may be eliminated through urination. This action may also reduce the volume of blood to allow easier circulation to improve the symptoms of hypertension. Your physician may also prescribe its use for the treatment of other unlisted conditions.
How should I use Spiractin (Spironolactone)?
Spiractin (Spironolactone) should be used according to your physician's instructions to get the best results from treatment. The normal dosage is one tablet administered once each day, but your individual instructions will be determined by your age, weight, current health, the condition being treated, and the severity of your symptoms. These should be swallowed with a large glass of water and may be taken on an empty stomach, although a meal is suggested before use if you experience nausea. Do not split, chew, or crush the tablets prior to use as this may destroy or change the effects of their contents. Always ask your physician any questions you have about the medication prior to use to ensure the correct administration.
What are the side effects of Spiractin (Spironolactone)?
Some patients using Spiractin (Spironolactone) have reported experiencing side effects such as:
Serious side effects that may require emergency medical assistance are high potassium levels, low sodium levels, electrolyte imbalances, or signs of stomach bleeding such as bloody stools or coughing up blood. Inform your physician as soon as you experience any worrying symptoms to make sure any necessary changes are made to your dosage or application frequency to prevent further health problems from occurring.
Spiractin (Spironolactone) should not be used to treat patients who have Addison's disease, anuria, hyperkalemia, acute renal insufficiency, or rapidly decreasing kidney function. Also disclose if you have porphyrias, reduced kidney function, or reduced liver function as these conditions may cause unexpected health problems requiring special alterations to your regimen.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Spiractin (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.