What is Aldactone (Spironolactone) used for?
Aldactone (Spironolactone) is a diuretic medication prescribed to treat oedema caused by heart failure, liver cirrhosis, nephrotic syndrome, excess aldosterone production, or malignant ascites. It operates by preventing sodium absorption in the system to draw excess fluids out of the body to be eliminated through urination. This action reduces unusual swelling or weight gain that may occur because of these conditions. Your doctor may prescribe it along with other medications or to treat other unlisted conditions.
How should I use Aldactone (Spironolactone)?
Aldactone (Spironolactone) should always be used according to the directions provided by your doctor to ensure the safest and most effective results from treatment. On daily dose of one tablet is normally taken during the day. Your individual directions will depend on your age, weight, health condition, 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 snack or meal is suggested before use if you experience nausea. You are suggested to greatly increase your fluid intake while using the medicine to prevent dehydration as it causes increased urination. Ask your pharmacist or doctor any questions you have about the medicine to ensure the correct administration.
What are the side effects of Aldactone (Spironolactone)?
The use of Aldactone (Spironolactone) may cause side effects in some patients such as:
Contact your doctor if any serious side effects occur such as low sodium levels, high potassium levels, symptoms of an electrolyte imbalance, or signs of stomach bleeding such as bloody or tarry stools. These conditions may require lower doses, reduced frequency of administration, or emergency medical attention in serious cases to prevent further health complications from occurring.
Aldactone (Spironolactone) should not be administered to patients who have anuria, Addison`s disease, hyperkalaemia, acute renal insufficiency, or severely reduced kidney function. Also inform your doctor if you have porphyrias, decreased kidney function, or decreased liver function as these conditions may cause unexpected health problems requiring adjustments to your regimen.
Strictly use Aldactone (Spironolactone) as prescribed and follow all instructions provided by your doctor. Safe, suitable, and optimum dosage can vary and is dependent on the patient`s health and medical history, as well as the condition you are treating.
Aldactone (Spironolactone) may not be safe or suitable for all patients. Always ensure your doctor is informed if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, using any other type of medication (including non-prescription medicine, vitamins, and supplements), as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or pre-existing medication conditions.
Seek immediate medical attention or proceed to your nearest accident and emergency department if you suffer a hypersensitive or allergic reaction. Symptoms usually present during a reaction of this nature include difficulty breathing or swallowing, swelling of the limbs or face, tight chest, hives, and skin rashes.