About Aldactone: Aldactone (Spironolactone) is a medicine which is prescribed to patients suffering from different conditions including hirsutism(unwanted hair growth), seborrhea and acne. The medicine can also be prescribed to transsexuals as part of their hormone replacement therapy. This medicine, when prescribed to a patient, is meant to act as a water pill (potassium sparing diuretic) and helps the body in eliminating unnecessary amounts of water and sodium and at the same instance check on the amount of potassium lost. For this reason, the drug may also be used in treating edema which is fluid retention, liver cirrhosis, symptoms of congestive heart failure disease, hypokalemia (low blood potassium levels) and nephritic syndrome. There are others who believe that this medicine is effective when used as a treatment for male pattern baldness.
How to use Aldactone
This medicine is available in tablets which should be taken orally. Do not chew, split or crush the tablets but rather take them whole. This is important because they need to be absorbed slowly into the system so as to be effective. You may take the tablets with or without food, take a glass of water together with the medicine.
Before starting to use this medicine, it is required that all patients to consult their physicians for a medical assessment which will help determine whether this medicine is the best solution. After assessments, your physician will also be in a position to determine the amount of dose to prescribe to you based on the severity of your condition, your present health conditions, other medications you may be using as well as medical history. For adults suffering from hypokalemia, edema or hypertension, a typical starting dosage between 25mg to 200mg per day (taken as either a single dose or 2 doses) are prescribed. The daily prescription for a person treating primary hyperaldosteronism will range between 100mg and 400mg to be taken as 1 or 2 doses.
Aldactone Side Effects
It is possible to experience the occurrence of side effects when using this medicine. Some common side effects you may include; stomach pains or cramps, tenderness of breasts or their enlargement, abnormally deeper voice, irregular menstruation, erectile dysfunctions among others. There are other less common but severe side effects that will prompt you to seek immediate medical attention, and these include; a decrease of urine passed, bleeding or bruising, low appetites, fatigue and weakness of the body, fever, presence of blood in the stools and vomiting blood. There may exist other side effects not listed here; check with your physician for more details on this.
During your treatment, you may be required to eat food rich in potassium, ask your physician which food to eat. If you experience any hypersensitive or allergic reaction, notify your doctor immediately. Signs of allergic reactions include; difficulties in swallowing or breathing, chest tightness, hives, skin rashes or swelling. If your conditions do not improve during treatment, or they improve before your dose is over, do not alter (increase or decrease) or stop using this medicine without approval from your physician. Talk to your doctor before you use this medicine about your:
Pregnancy plans to conceive and breastfeeding
Allergic reactions to medicines
Other medications (prescribed or non-prescribed), herbal products or supplements
Medical history, chronic illnesses, disorders, and other medical conditions