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What is Aldactone?Aldactone is the most popular brand name of the drug, spironolactone (speer oh no LAK tone). It's also sold under the brand name of Spironol.
Aldactone is a potassium-sparing diuretic, a water pill that prevents your body from absorbing too much salt and keeps your potassium levels from getting too low.
Why is Aldactone prescribed?Aldactone is used in the diagnoses and treatment when your adrenal gland produces too much aldosterone (hyperaldosteronism), a hormone that helps regulate the salt and water balance in your body. Aldactone has been shown to reduce the impact of male hormones on hair growth in women. It is also used to treat high blood pressure and other conditions that require the elimination of excess fluid from the body such as;
Before taking AldactoneBefore using Aldactone, tell your doctor if you have any of the following.
Most important facts about Aldactone
What side effects do users of Aldactone report?Get emergency medical help if you have any signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. o Stop using this medication and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
How long does it take to work?It may take up to 2 weeks before you get the full effect of Aldactone. Your doctor can then adjust the dosage according to your response.
Recommended dosageFor primary hyperaldosteronism, the dosage range is 100 to 400 mg per day, prior to surgery. In those who are not good candidates for surgery, Aldactone is given over the long term at the lowest effective dose.
For essential hypertension (high blood pressure), the usual starting dosage is 50 to 100 mg daily in a single dose or divided into smaller doses.
For fluid Retention in conditions such as congestive heart failure, cirrhosis of the liver, or kidney disorders, the usual starting dosage is 100 mg daily either in a single dose or divided into smaller doses. In some cases, your doctor may have you take a daily dose as low as 25 mg or as high as 200 mg.
For hypokalemia (Potassium Loss), when potassium loss can't be treated with a potassium supplement, your doctor may have you start with a daily dosage between 25 and 100 mg of Aldactone.
How should you take Aldactone?Take Aldactone exactly as prescribed by your doctor.
Do not take the medication in larger amounts, or for longer than recommended by your doctor.
Take each dose with a full glass of water.
If you miss a doseTake it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and go back to your regular schedule. Never take 2 doses at the same time. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
Storage instructionsStore this medication at room temperature away from heat, light, moisture, and children.
Special warnings about AldactoneDo not stop taking Aldactone suddenly. It could cause your condition to worsen.
Tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking Aldactone if you have a medical emergency, and before you have surgery or dental treatment.
OverdosageIf you suspect an overdose, seek medical attention immediately. The symptoms of Aldactone overdose may include:
What should I avoid while taking Aldactone?
drug interactionsCertain other drugs can change the effects of Aldactone. The affects can be increased, decreased, or altered in other ways. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Aldactone with the following:
What other drugs will affect Aldactone?Tell your doctor if you are using any of the following drugs:
Other drugs not listed may also affect spironolactone. Tell your doctor about all prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications that you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors.
Off-Label uses of AldactoneAldactone also tends to block testosterone, helping to stop hair loss and promote some hair re-growth. This is an off-label use and is limited to women who may be experiencing hair loss due to the presence of excessive male hormones. It is not used in men because it can cause sexual side effects. Some women take spironolactone to counteract the hair loss caused by oral contraceptives which contain progestin, estrogen or a combination of these two hormones. Women taking oral contraceptives who are experiencing hair loss may want to talk to their physician about the use of Aldactone.
Women who are or may become pregnant should avoid this drug, just as they would avoid finasteride. Aldactone has more side effects than finasteride and does not work as well, nor does it work for hair loss in men.
Pregnant or breastfeeding?The effects of Aldactone during pregnancy have not been adequately studied. If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, inform your doctor immediately. Aldactone is passed through breast milk and could affect a nursing infant. If Aldactone is essential to your health, your doctor may advise you to discontinue breastfeeding until you finish treatment with Aldactone.
General NotesThe symptoms of dehydration include thirst, dry mouth, weakness, drowsiness, muscle fatigue, muscle cramps, restlessness, reduced urination, and a rapid heartbeat. Symptoms of excess potassium include tingling sensations, fatigue, weakness or paralysis, and a slow heartbeat. If you develop these problems, call your doctor immediately.
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