Pfizer | Aldactone (Medication)
Aldactone (spironolactone) is a potassium-sparing diuretic (water pill) that prevents your body from absorbing too much salt and keeps your potassium levels from getting too low.
Aldactone is used to diagnose or treat a condition in which you have too much aldosterone in your body. Aldosterone is a hormone produced by your adrenal glands to help regulate the salt and water balance in your body.
Aldactone also treats fluid retention (edema) in people with congestive heart failure, cirrhosis of the liver, or a kidney disorder called nephrotic syndrome. This medication is also used to treat or prevent hypokalemia (low potassium levels in the blood). ...
The most common side effects caused by Aldactone include diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, fever, confusion, drowsiness, lethargy and headache, erectile dysfunction in men, and irregular or absent menstruation in women. If any of these persist or worsen, call your doctor.
More serious side effects are:an allergic reaction – rash, itching, difficulty breathing, closing of the throat, swelling of the lips, tongue, or face, or hives; muscle pain or weakness, slow heart rate (bradycardia), irregular heart rate (arrhythmia), and unusual skin sensations such as burning, numbness prickling or tingling. If you notice any of these seek medical help immediately. ...
Before using this medicine inform your doctor if you have any type of allergies. Tell your doctor if you are using other medicine and if you have any illness especially liver conditions or hypopotassemia.
Because Aldactone can cause dizziness and drowsiness, do not drive and use heavy machinery until you are sure you can perform this activity safely.
During pregnancy and breastfeeding is not recommended to use this medicine without your doctor's advice. ...