Spironolactone is used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure. Lowering high blood pressure helps prevent strokes, heart attacks, and kidney problems. It is also used to treat swelling (edema) caused by certain conditions (such as heart failure, liver disease) by removing excess fluid and improving symptoms such as breathing problems.
This medication is also used to treat low potassium levels and conditions in which the body is making too much of a natural chemical (aldosterone).
Spironolactone is known as a “water pill” (potassium-sparing diuretic).
How is it given?
Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Take each dose with a full glass of water.
To be sure this medicine is not causing harmful effects, your blood will need to be tested often. Visit your doctor regularly.
What are the common side effects?
Drowsiness, dizziness, lightheadedness, stomach upset, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, or headache may occur.