Generic Name: spironolactone (speer oh no LAK tone) Brand Names: Aldactone, SpironolWhat is the most important information I should know about spironolactone?
Do not use this medication if you have kidney disease, urination problems, or high levels of potassium in your blood. Do not use potassium supplements or other diuretics while you are taking spironolactone.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor if you have liver disease, or if you use a steroid or another diuretic. • Avoid drinking alcohol, which can increase some of the side effects of spironolactone. • Avoid a diet high in salt. Too much salt will cause your body to retain water and can make this medication less effective. • Do not use salt substitutes or low-sodium milk products that contain potassium. These products could cause your potassium levels to get too high while you are taking spironolactone.
Avoid becoming overheated or dehydrated during exercise and in hot weather. Follow your doctor’s instructions about the type and amount of liquids you should drink. In some cases, drinking too much liquid can be as unsafe as not drinking enough.
If you are being treated for high blood pressure, keep using this medication even if you feel fine. High blood pressure often has no symptoms.