Aldactone is a drug that is designed to treat conditions that are caused by having too much aldosterone in the body. Aldoesterone is a hormone produced by the adrenal glands. It regulates the salt and water content in the body. Aldactone, on the other hand treats edema, hormonal disorders, hypertension and potassium deficiencies.
Because Aldactone is in tablet form, it should be taken orally, usually twice a day with food. Do not change the dosage prescribed to you.
Your doctor needs to know your medical history, especially any history of diabetes, kidney disease, liver disease or high potassium levels. Mention if you are on potassium supplements or ACE inhibitors. Your doctor may adjust your dose or monitor your treatment accordingly. Aldactone should not be taken during pregnancy. Also consult your doctor first if you are nursing a baby.
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember but skip it if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose.
If you are taking Aldactone, you may experience side effects such as an allergic reaction, breathing difficulty, confusion, decreased urination, fatigue, irregular heartbeat, numbness, shortness of breath and tingling. Contact your doctor if you experience any of the mentioned symptoms. Other possible side effects include bloating, cottony mouth, diarrhea, dizziness, excessive hair growth, enlarged breasts, nausea, muscle cramps and unusual headache.
Store Aldactone in a tightly closed container kept at room temperature. The container should be kept away from excess heat and the reach of children. Dispose of expired medication right away.
Signs of Aldactone overdose may include diarrhea, dizziness, drowsiness, mental confusion, nausea and vomiting. Immediately seek medical help if you experience any of the symptoms or even just suspect an overdose.