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Generic: spironolactone
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It helps you make more urine and to lose excess water from your body
               



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What is this medicine?

SPIRONOLACTONE (speer on oh LAK tone) is a diuretic. It helps you make more urine and to lose excess water from your body. This medicine is used to treat high blood pressure, and edema or swelling from heart, kidney, or liver disease. It is also used to treat patients who make too much aldosterone or have low potassium.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • high blood level of potassium
  • kidney disease or trouble making urine
  • liver disease
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to spironolactone, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a drink of water. Follow the directions on your prescription label. You can take it with or without food. If it upsets your stomach, take it with food. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Remember that you will need to pass more urine after taking this medicine. Do not take your doses at a time of day that will cause you problems. Do not take at bedtime.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
  • eplerenone

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • corticosteroids
  • digoxin
  • lithium
  • medicines for high blood pressure like ACE inhibitors
  • skeletal muscle relaxants like tubocurarine
  • NSAIDs, medicines for pain and inflammation, like ibuprofen or naproxen
  • potassium products like salt substitute or supplements
  • pressor amines like norepinephrine
  • some diuretics

               
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