Aldactone (spironolactone) is used as a diuretic (a potassium-sparing diuretic) to help the body get rid yourself of excess sodium and water while reducing the loss of potassium. The drug may be administered in the treatment of high blood pressure and edema in patients suffering from congestive heart failure, liver cirrhosis, nephrotic syndrome, as well as a reduced potassium content in blood (hypokalemia). The drug is often referred to as aldosterone receptor antagonists and are used to treat diseases known as hyperaldosteronism.
Sometimes aldactone (spironolactone) is taken by patients in the treatment of unwanted hair growth (hirsutism), acne and seborrhea. People who change sex from male to female, also take this drug as part of hormone replacement therapy. It is believed that the drug helps in the treatment of alopecia.
Dosing and Administration
All patients before treatment aldactone (spironolactone) should undergo a full medical examination by a doctor. reception mode is assigned by the attending physician depending on the parameters such as a disease requiring treatment, and medical history. For the treatment of hypertension, hypokalemia, edema or adult taken from 25 to 200 mg per day, once or twice (in divided doses) a day. However, the exact dosage of the treating physician. When using the drug in the diagnosis of primary hyperaldosteronism taken from 100 to 400 mg per day, once or twice (in divided doses) a day. Dosages of the drug in the treatment of hirsutism, congestive heart failure and primary hyperaldosteronism can vary.
Aldactone (spironolactone) may cause the following side effects:
lowering the tone of voice;
compaction or breast enlargement;
pain or abdominal cramping.
Serious side effects are less common. Contact your doctor immediately if you find yourself in a fever, loss of appetite, weakness, bruising or bleeding, vomiting or bloody stools, decreased urination, or any other serious side effects.