Spironolactone review

Water retention can be caused by a lot of medical conditions – hear problems, liver disorders, and kidney ailments. To treat this particular symptom, there are drugs called diuretics, which prevents the body from absorbing an increased amount of salt while keeping the potassium level not too low.

Spironolactone is a diuretic drug that is used mainly to treat and control fluid retention. But it is also prescribed to treat other conditions.

Spironolactone can regulate Aldosterone, the hormone produced by the adrenal glands. Because of that, Spironolactone can be used as anti high blood pressure. Patients who are hypertensive mostly have high Aldosterone levels.

Spironolactone also has anti-androgen effects. As such, it is also used as a treatment for hair loss, hirutism, acne, and male-to-female hormone therapy.

Before using Spironolactone, consultation with a medical professional is needed. Patients must discuss their allergies, medical history, and current drug intake to ensure that the use of the drug will not be harmful.

Spironolactone is contraindicated to patients with kidney ailments, liver disorders, urination problems, and high potassium levels. The use of potassium supplements while under Spironolactone is also not recommended.

To keep Spironolactone working for your advantage, you must avoid alcoholic drinks and high salt diets while under treatment. Low sodium milk products usually have high potassium levels so you must avoid using them as well. Ask your doctor about the advisable water intake and follow it strictly.

For anti-hypertensive purposes, Spironolactone must be taken continuously even if you are feeling perfectly fine. High blood pressure often has no symptoms and the use of maintenance drug is always necessary.

Spironolactone is available in 25mg, 50mg, and 100mg tablets. Follow the doctor’s instructions about your medication. It is important that you stick to the prescription. Submit yourself for testing as requested by your doctor.

If other doctors other than the one who gave you a Spironolactone prescription are treating you, tell them that you are taking the drug. Spironolactone can affect the reliability of certain clinical and laboratory tests. It is also advisable that you tell your surgeon that you are using Spironolactone before you undergo any kind of surgery. You might be asked to stop using the medicine for a period of time before the procedure.

Spironolactone can cause mild side effects such as nausea, stomach cramps, dizziness, and skin rash. But it can also cause serious side effects such as muscle weakness, irregular heartbeat, urination problems, jaundice, severe nausea, and appetite loss. If you experience any of the latter, you must stop taking Spironolactone and rush to see your doctor.

Side effects are basically your body’s reactions to the drug. The less common kind usually disappears over time as soon as your body gets used to having the drug in the system. If your symptoms of side effects persist or cause utter discomfort, you must consult a doctor immediately. Keep track of allergic reactions that you may also develop while using the drug. Breathing difficulty and swelling in the face, throat, lips, and tongue are causes for alarm.

Spironolactone has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of spironolactone

• Molecular formula of spironolactone is C24H32O4S
Spironolactone available : 25mg tablets, 50mg tablets and 100mg tablets

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