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Aldactone Tablet

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Overview

Introduction

Aldactone Tablet is a medicine known as a diuretic (water pill). It is mainly used in the treatment of heart failure and high blood pressure. It reduces the swelling (edema) caused by some other conditions. This medicine is also used to treat low potassium levels in the body (hypokalemia).

Aldactone Tablet should be taken with food at the same time each day to get the most benefit. Taking it early in the day can help prevent you from having to get up at night to go to the toilet frequently, You should keep using this medicine as it has been prescribed, even if you feel well. If you stop taking it, your condition may get worse. Follow your doctor's advice about the type and amount of liquids you should drink. If you are being treated for high blood pressure, lifestyle changes such as exercising regularly, and making changes to your diet like low-salt diet may increase the effectiveness of this medicine.

The common side effects include nausea, vomiting, dizziness and swelling, or tenderness of your breasts (men and women). If these bother you, or appear serious, let your doctor know. There may be ways of reducing or preventing them. Drinking alcohol can increase certain side effects and should be avoided.

You should be careful about using Aldactone Tablet if you have kidney problems or are unable to urinate. Before taking it, tell your doctor if you have ever had kidney, liver or heart disease or are pregnant. Also let your healthcare team know about all other medications you are using as they may affect, or be affected by this medicine. Pregnant or breastfeeding women should consult their doctor before taking this medicine. While using this medicine, you may be advised to limit your intake of salt or salt substitutes, and you should have your blood pressure checked frequently. Some other tests like kidney function (e.g., creatinine) and potassium levels will be done to monitor your progress.

Side effects of Aldactone Tablet

Common
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Leg cramps
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Confusion
  • Breast enlargement in male
  • Increased creatinine level in blood

How to use Aldactone Tablet

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Swallow it as a whole. Do not chew, crush or break it. Aldactone Tablet is to be taken with food.

How Aldactone Tablet works

Aldactone Tablet is a potassium-sparing diuretic. It lowers blood pressure and swelling by removing the extra water and electrolytes from the body without loss of potassium.

Safety Advice

Alcohol
UNSAFE
It is unsafe to consume alcohol with Aldactone Tablet.
Pregnancy
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Aldactone Tablet may be unsafe to use during pregnancy. Although there are limited studies in humans, animal studies have shown harmful effects on the developing baby. Your doctor will weigh the benefits and any potential risks before prescribing it to you. Please consult your doctor.
Breastfeeding
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Aldactone Tablet is safe to use during breastfeeding. Human studies suggest that the drug does not pass into the breastmilk in a significant amount and is not harmful to the baby.
Driving
UNSAFE
Aldactone Tablet may decrease alertness, affect your vision or make you feel sleepy and dizzy. Do not drive if these symptoms occur.
Kidney
CAUTION
Aldactone Tablet should be used with caution in patients with kidney disease. Dose adjustment of Aldactone Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Use of Aldactone Tablet is not recommended in patients with severe kidney disease.
Liver
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
There is limited information available on the use of Aldactone Tablet in patients with liver disease. Please consult your doctor.

What if you forget to take Aldactone Tablet?

If you miss a dose of Aldactone Tablet, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.

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Quick Tips

  • It can make you feel dizzy for the first few days. Do not drive or do anything requiring concentration until you know how Aldactone Tablet affects you.
  • It may increase the level of potassium in your blood. Avoid taking potassium supplements and potassium-rich foods such as banana and broccoli.
  • Your doctor will regularly check your kidney function and the amount of potassium in your blood while you are on this medicine.
  • Notify your doctor if you experience dizziness, diarrhea, vomiting, fast or irregular heartbeat, swelling in feet, or difficulty breathing.
  • Aldactone Tablet may cause breast pain/swelling, irregular periods (women), or trouble with sexual performance.
  • Inform your doctor if you are pregnant, planning pregnancy or breastfeeding.

Interaction with Drugs

Taking Aldactone with any of the following medicines can modify the effect of either of them and cause some undesirable side effects
Brand(s): Diadose, Abacus, Disorb
SERIOUS
Brand(s): Rasilez
SERIOUS
Brand(s): Candesar, Candestan, Cantar
SERIOUS
Brand(s): Capotril
SERIOUS

Patient Concerns

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Hypertension is clinal condition of high blood pressure. Please see a physician.
Some times I had lot of hypertension
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Hypertension is clinically high blood pressure. Persistent high arterial blood pressure above 120/80 mm HG is termed as pre-hypertension or hypertension, but the point to be emphasized is that this rise in blood pressure is persistent. Transient increase in BP occurs in stress and anxiety and needs to be treated accordingly.
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FAQs

Q. What is spironolactone?

Spironolactone is a diuretic and belongs to the class of potassium-sparing diuretics (water tablets), which help lose excess fluid from your body. They may be used for congestive heart failure, nephrotic syndrome (a kidney disorder), liver cirrhosis with fluid retention (oedema) and swelling of the abdomen (ascites). This medicine may also be used in a cancerous disease with swelling of the abdomen (malignant ascites) and diagnosis and treatment of primary aldosteronism (a condition where excess hormone is produced).

Q. Can spironolactone cause constipation?

Spironolactone has not been reported to cause constipation. Talk to your doctor if you have constipation while taking spironolactone as it could be due to some other underlying condition.

Q. Can I use spironolactone for weight control?

No, Aldactone should not be used for weight control. It does not cause weight loss. Please consult a doctor who will let you know the best therapy for weight control.

Q. Can I take spironolactone with birth control?

Spironolactone can be taken with birth control pills (oral contraceptives) as no drug-drug interactions or side effects have been reported when used together. However, interactions can occur. Therefore, talk to your doctor before taking spironolactone with any birth control pills (oral contraceptives).

Q. Is spironolactone a blood pressure medication?

Spironolactone is not indicated for the treatment of high blood pressure. However, it is a diuretic, which helps you lose excess fluid from your body and can lower your blood pressure, especially if you are also taking other drugs to lower your blood pressure. Talk to your doctor before taking spironolactone if you have high blood pressure and taking blood pressure and taking medicines to lower it.

Q. Is spironolactone harmful to kidneys?

Spironolactone can lead to acute kidney failure particularly in those who already have impaired kidney function. Please tell your doctor if you have kidney problems as you may need a different dose and may also require close monitoring of your kidney function test.

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