Frequently asked questions for Spironolactone
Q. What is Spironolactone?Spironolactone is a medicine that belongs to the class of medicines known as potassium-sparing diuretics (water tablets). Spironolactone being a diuretic helps lose excess fluid from your body. It is used to treat conditions such as high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, edema (swelling) or low potassium levels. Edema may be caused due to problems with your liver (cirrhosis or ascites) and kidney disorders (such as nephrotic syndrome).
Q. What is the best time to take Spironolactone?Spironolactone should be taken as directed by your doctor. Spironolactone helps remove excess fluids from the body which can make you pass more urine. Therefore, it would be best to take Spironolactone during the day so as to avoid the frequent urge to urinate during sleep.
Q. Does Spironolactone treat hypertension?Yes, Spironolactone effectively treats hypertension (high blood pressure). However, it is used in combination with other medicines to get maximum benefit. Spironolactone is a diuretic commonly known as a water tablet. It works by removing excess fluid from your body which helps in lowering your blood pressure. Spironolactone should be taken only when prescribed by the doctor.
Q. What foods should I avoid while taking Spironolactone?You should avoid taking an excess amount of salt or salt substitutes while taking Spironolactone. Try to avoid foods containing potassium or potassium substitutes such as bananas, coconut water, spinach, sweet potatoes and avocados. These foods may increase your potassium levels and this can be fatal. Consult your doctor to know more about other food choices to be avoided while taking Spironolactone.
Q. Can I use Spironolactone for weight control?No, Aldactone should not be used for weight control. Spironolactone is not helpful in weight management. If you have weight related concerns, please consult a doctor who will let you know the best therapy for weight control.
Q. What other lifestyle changes should I make while taking Spironolactone?Lifestyle changes play a major role in keeping you healthy if you are taking Spironolactone. Avoid taking excess salt in your diet and find ways to reduce or manage stress in your life. Practice yoga or meditation or take up a hobby. Ensure that you have a sound sleep every night as this also helps to reduce stress levels and helps to keep your blood pressure normal. Stop smoking and alcohol consumption as this helps in lowering your blood pressure and preventing heart problems. Exercise regularly and take a balanced diet that includes whole grains, fresh fruits, vegetables and fat-free products. Consult your doctor if you need any further guidance to get the maximum benefit of Spironolactone and to keep yourself healthy.
Q. Can I take Spironolactone with birth control?Spironolactone can be taken with birth control pills (oral contraceptives) as there are no reports which suggest possible interactions or side effects while using these medicines together. However, in some cases, interactions may occur. Therefore, it would be best to first talk to your doctor before taking Spironolactone with any birth control pills (oral contraceptives).
Q. Is Spironolactone harmful to the kidneys?Spironolactone can lead to acute kidney failure particularly in those who already have impaired kidney function. Therefore, inform your doctor if you have kidney-related problems as you may need a different dose. In such cases, the doctor may suggest kidney function tests and closely monitor your condition.