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What is Spironolactone used for?
Spironolactone is prescribed to treat fluid retention in people with congestive heart failure, liver cirrhosis, and nephrotic syndrome. It helps regulate salt and water balance in your body. This medication is classified as a potassium-sparing diuretic, which is also used to treat low potassium levels in the blood. It is also prescribed in the treatment of elevated blood pressure, Conn's syndrome, malignant ascites, hair loss and acne in women. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
What is the recommended dosage of Spironolactone?
The dosage of Spironolactone prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.
Take Spironolactone with a full glass of water. This medicine may be taken with or without food.
What if you miss a dose of Spironolactone?
If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Spironolactone medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.
What if you overdose on Spironolactone?
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Spironolactone, seek medical attention immediately. Some of the overdose symptoms of this drug are rash, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, mental confusion, and dizziness.
What other drugs could interact with Spironolactone?
It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Spironolactone.
Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Spironolactone, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.
Spironolactone can interact with other potassium-sparing diuretics, potassium supplements, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, potassium-containing salt substitutes, ACE inhibitors, skeletal muscle relaxants, corticosteroids, barbiturates, alcohol, and narcotics.
Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.
What are the side effects of Spironolactone?
Like other medicines, Spironolactone can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Spironolactone are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.
It is pertinent to note that side effects of Spironolactone cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Spironolactone develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.
The common side effects of Spironolactone include nausea, vomiting, headache, diarrhea, irregular hair growth, drowsiness, rash, impotence, leg cramps, irregular menstrual periods, and constipation. Some of the serious side effects of this drug are shallow breathing, yellowing of the skin or eyes, dark urine, tremors, and irregular pulse rate. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Spironolactone.
What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Spironolactone?
Is it possible for me to take Spironolactone with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Spironolactone?
What are the possible drug interactions of Spironolactone?
How will Spironolactone work in my body?
How should Spironolactone be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Spironolactone drug interactions and side effects?
The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. While you are taking Spironolactone, avoid a diet high in salt as it may cause water retention in your body, which in turn may lower the effectiveness of this medicine. Avoid drinking alcohol while taking Spironolactone. Before using this medicine, tell your doctor if you have liver disease or heart disease. Caution needs to be exercised while driving or doing any activity that requires alertness. Avoid getting dehydrated while using Spironolactone. Store the drug at room temperature below 25 degree centigrade.