Spironolactone is the generic name given to a family of drugs which is a potassium sparing diuretic that stops your body from absorbing too much salt and keeps your potassium levels from getting too low.
It is used to diagnose or treat a condition in which you have too much aldosterone in your body.
Aldosterone is a hormone produced by your adrenal glands to help regulate the salt water balance in your body.
Aldactone also treats fluid retention in people with congestive heart failure, cirrhosis of the liver or a kidney disorder known as nephritic syndrome. It may also be used to treat or prevent hypokalemia which is low potassium levels in the blood.
It is suggested no alcohol even moderate drinking while using this drug as the drug’s effectiveness may be decreased and the side effects may be increased.
At this time the medical community defines moderate consumption of alcohol as no more than two drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week. If anything more than that it is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.
If a person drinks only once or twice a week but drinks on the same days each week and more than two drinks this is considered as an alcohol dependency.
If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.
Some consider alcoholism as a disease while others consider it an addiction which is the result of personal choice and character fault. This school of thought blames the alcoholism on life style choices.
Personally I consider alcoholism a genetic tendency as I have seen families of alcoholics even when they live far apart. These unfortunate people are probably dependent on alcohol from the first drink.
When alcohol interacts with prescription over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.
Before using this drug advise your doctor if you are allergic to any other drug or substance, if you are using dietary or herbal supplements, are pregnant, plan to be or are breastfeeding, have a history of kidney disease, urination problems, high potassium levels, if taking potassium supplements or other potassium sparing diuretics, have liver disease, heart disease, using a steroid or other diuretic.
Less serious side effects are mild nausea, vomiting, dizzy, headache, gas, stomach pain or skin rash. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are severe allergic reactions such as hives difficult breathing, tight chest, swelling of the mouth, face, lips or tongue, numb or tingling, muscle pain or weakness, slow, fast, uneven heartbeat, drowsy, restless, lightheaded, reduced urination or not at all, shallow breathing, tremors, confusion, nausea, stomach pain, low fever, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay coloured stools or jaundice. If these occur get emergency medical help.
This site serves as an information source only and does not dispense medical advice or any other kind of advice. If you are seeking medical advice you are advised to consult your own physician.
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