Aldactone is an FDA-approved medication used to treat heart failure, high blood pressure, or hypokalemia. It acts by preventing your body from absorbing too much salt and keeps your potassium levels from getting too low.
Aldactone contains the active ingredient spironolactone which is a potassium-sparing diuretic.
Generic name: spironolactone
Brand name: Aldactone, CaroSpir
Uses of Aldactone
It is used to treat:
- heart failure with reduced ejection fraction
- hypertension when used with other blood pressure drugs
- edema in people with certain liver or kidney problems
- primary hyperaldosteronism
How To Take Aldactone
Follow your doctor’s instructions when taking Aldactone. Read all drug guides or instruction sheets and follow all guidelines on your prescription label. Your doctor may adjust your dose from time to time.
Do not give this medicine to another individual even if they have the same symptoms as you. It can be taken with or without food, but it must be taken in the same way each time.
Medical testing will be required on a regular basis. Certain medical tests may be affected by this medication. Any doctor who treats you should be aware that you are taking Aldactone.
If you require surgery, inform your surgeon that you are currently taking this medication. You might need to take a break for a while.
Even if you feel okay, if you have high blood pressure, you should continue to take your medicine. Symptoms of high blood pressure are often absent. It’s possible that you’ll have to take blood pressure medicine for the rest of your life.
Heat, light, and moisture should all be avoided when stored at room temperature.
The following side effects can be associated with taking Aldactone. They include mild and severe side effects.
Consult your doctor or pharmacist for further information on Aldactone’s potential adverse effects. They can provide you with advice on how to deal with any unpleasant side effects.
Mild side effects include:
- nausea and vomiting
- stomach cramps
- irregular menstrual period
- bleeding after menopause
- reduced sex drive
Severe side effects include:
- allergic reaction
- electrolyte imbalance
- Stevens-Johnson syndrome
If you have kidney problems, excessive potassium levels in your blood, Addison’s disease, are unable to urinate or are taking eplerenone, you should use Aldactone with caution.
Animals have developed tumors from Aldactone, but it is unknown whether this could happen to humans. This medicine should not be used for any ailment that has not been evaluated by your doctor.