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Aldactone (Spironolactone) belongs to the class of medications known as diuretics (water pills). It is used to treat edema (fluid retention) that occurs with Congestive Heart Failure, cirrhosis of the liver, and nephrotic syndrome.
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Aldactone (Spironolactone) belongs to the class of medications known as diuretics (water pills). It is used to treat edema (fluid retention) that occurs with Congestive Heart Failure, cirrhosis of the liver, and nephrotic syndrome. It is also used to treat high blood pressure and to diagnose and treat primary hyperaldosteronism (a condition where too much aldosterone is produced by the adrenal glands).
Aldactone (Spironolactone) can also be used to treat or prevent hypokalemia (too little potassium in the body) when other methods are not appropriate. Aldactone (Spironolactone) works by making the body lose excess water and salt but reduces the loss of potassium from the body.
Aldactone (Spironolactone) may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of Aldactone (Spironolactone) may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of Aldactone (Spironolactone) may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.
Your doctor may have suggested Aldactone (Spironolactone) for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking Aldactone (Spironolactone), speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking Aldactone (Spironolactone) without consulting your doctor.
Do not give Aldactone (Spironolactone) to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take Aldactone (Spironolactone) if their doctor has not prescribed it.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
Many medications can cause side effects. A side effect is an unwanted response to a medication when it is taken in normal doses. Side effects can be mild or severe, temporary or permanent. The side effects listed below are not experienced by everyone who takes Aldactone (Spironolactone). If you are concerned about side effects, discuss the risks and benefits of Aldactone (Spironolactone) with your doctor.
The following side effects have been reported by at least 1% of people taking Aldactone (Spironolactone). Many of these side effects can be managed, and some may go away on their own over time.
Contact your doctor if you experience these side effects and they are severe or bothersome. Your pharmacist may be able to advise you on managing side effects.
Although most of the side effects listed below don't happen very often, they could lead to serious problems if you do not seek medical attention.
Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:
Stop taking the medication and seek immediate medical attention if any of the following occur:
Each light yellow, round, biconvex, film-coated tablet, debossed "ALDACTONE" and "25" on one face and "SEARLE" and "1001" on the other face and with peppermint odour, contains Aldactone (Spironolactone) 25 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: calcium sulfate, carnauba wax, cornstarch, hypromellose, magnesium stearate, opaspray M-1-2042, peppermint flavouring, polyethylene glycol 400, povidone, and stearic acid.
Each peach, round, biconvex, scored, film-coated tablet, debossed "ALDACTONE" and "100" on one face and "SEARLE" and "1031" on the other (scored) face and with peppermint odour, contains Aldactone (Spironolactone) 100 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: calcium sulfate, carnauba wax, cornstarch, hypromellose, magnesium stearate, opaspray M-1-2668, peppermint flavouring, polyethylene glycol 400, povidone, and stearic acid.
Do not take Aldactone (Spironolactone) if you:
There may be an interaction between Aldactone (Spironolactone) and any of the following:
If you are taking any of these medications, speak with your doctor or pharmacist. Depending on your specific circumstances, your doctor may want you to:
An interaction between two medications does not always mean that you must stop taking one of them. Speak to your doctor about how any drug interactions are being managed or should be managed.
Medications other than those listed above may interact with Aldactone (Spironolactone). Tell your doctor or prescriber about all prescription, over-the-counter (non-prescription), and herbal medications you are taking. Also tell them about any supplements you take. Since caffeine, alcohol, the Nicotine from cigarettes, or street drugs can affect the action of many medications, you should let your prescriber know if you use them.
Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or Allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use Aldactone (Spironolactone).
Breast enlargement in men: Men may develop breast enlargement with the use of Aldactone (Spironolactone). If this occurs, tell your doctor. In the great majority of cases, breast enlargement disappears once the medication is stopped.
Drowsiness and dizziness: Aldactone (Spironolactone) may cause drowsiness or dizziness, affecting your ability to drive or operate machinery.
Avoid these and other hazardous tasks until you have determined how Aldactone (Spironolactone) affects you. Aldactone (Spironolactone) may also cause dizziness or lightheadedness when moving from a lying or sitting to an upright position.
Alcohol can add to the drowsiness caused by this medication.
Potassium: Aldactone (Spironolactone) may cause high potassium levels if potassium intake is too high. Do not take potassium supplements, follow a diet rich in potassium, or use salt substitutes containing potassium while taking Aldactone (Spironolactone). People with reduced kidney function, seniors, and people with Diabetes are more at risk of developing high potassium levels.
Fluid and electrolyte balance: Aldactone (Spironolactone) may cause the levels of electrolytes such as potassium, sodium, and chloride in the blood to change while taking this medication. If you experience symptoms of fluid and electrolyte imbalance such as muscle pains or cramps; dry mouth; numb hands, feet, or lips; or racing heartbeat, contact your doctor as soon as possible. Your doctor will do blood tests regularly to monitor the levels of these electrolytes in your blood while you are taking Aldactone (Spironolactone).
Liver function: Small changes to electrolytes and fluid in the body can cause large changes to liver function. If you have liver problems, discuss with your doctor how this medication may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of Aldactone (Spironolactone), and whether any special monitoring is needed. Your doctor may want to test your liver function regularly with blood tests while you are taking Aldactone (Spironolactone).
Pregnancy: Aldactone (Spironolactone) crosses the placenta and may affect the developing baby if taken by a woman when she is pregnant. Aldactone (Spironolactone) should not be used during pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the risks. If you become pregnant while taking Aldactone (Spironolactone) talk to your doctor about the potential benefits and risks of taking Aldactone (Spironolactone) during pregnancy.Breast-feeding: Aldactone (Spironolactone) passes into breast milk. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are taking Aldactone (Spironolactone), it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding.
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