SPIRONOLACTONE (Oral) (Tablet)
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I was prescribed spironolactone about 2 years ago by a gynocologist to help prevent excessive facial hair growth. I do not have any medical or hormonal reasons for the excess of hair on my face. The spironolactone has helped, but my new doctor and pha...
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SPIRONOLACTONE (Oral) (Tablet) Drug and Prescription Information
SPIRONOLACTONE (Oral) (Tablet)
SPIRONOLACTONE (Oral) (Tablet) Medication Classification
SPIRONOLACTONE (By mouth)
SPIRONOLACTONE (Oral) (Tablet) Brandname
SPIRONOLACTONE (Oral) (Tablet) is used for the Treatment
Spironolactone (speer-on-oh-LAK-tone) Treats fluid retention (edema), high blood pressure, and other conditions such as low potassium levels in the blood (hypokalemia). This medicine is a diuretic ("water pill").
When To Not Use SPIRONOLACTONE (Oral) (Tablet)
You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to spironolactone, or if you have kidney disease, high levels of potassium in your blood (hyperkalemia), or if you are pregnant or unable to urinate. You should not use this medicine if you are also taking similar diuretics such as triamterene (Dyazide®, Dyrenium®, Maxzide®) or spironolactone (Aldactazide®, Aldactone®).
How Should You Use SPIRONOLACTONE (Oral) (Tablet)
- Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to take and how often. Do not take more medicine or take it more often than your doctor tells you to.
- Carefully follow your doctor's instructions about any special diet. If a dose is missed:
- If you miss a dose or forget to take your medicine, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to take the medicine and skip the missed dose.
- Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
Proper SPIRONOLACTONE (Oral) (Tablet) Storage
Store SPIRONOLACTONE (Oral) (Tablet) at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture unless otherwise stated by manufacturer's instructions or labelling. Keep SPIRONOLACTONE (Oral) (Tablet) and all medications out of the reach of children.
What To Avoid While Using SPIRONOLACTONE (Oral) (Tablet)
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using cyclosporine (Neoral®, Sandimmune®), digoxin (Lanoxin®), lithium, potassium supplements, salt substitutes, triamterene (Dyrenium®), or other blood pressure medicine (such as Accupril®, Altace®, Capoten®, Lotensin®, Monopril®, Prinivil®, Univasc®, Vasotec®, Zestril®).
- Do not drink alcohol while you are using this medicine.
SPIRONOLACTONE (Oral) (Tablet) Warnings
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have diabetes or menstrual problems.
- This medicine may make you dizzy. Avoid driving, using machines, or doing anything else that could be dangerous if you are not alert.
- Make sure any doctor or dentist who treats you knows that you are using this medicine.
SPIRONOLACTONE (Oral) (Tablet) Side Effects
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Confusion, weakness, irregular heartbeat, shortness of breath, numbness or tingling in hands, feet, or lips
- Dry mouth, increased thirst, muscle cramps, nausea or vomiting
- Fever, chills, cough, hoarseness
- Problems urinating, pain in side or lower back
- Skin rash or itching If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Breast enlargement in men
- Breast tenderness, changes in hair growth, irregular menstrual periods in women
- Mild nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or stomach cramps
- Problems having sex