Aldactone is a drug prescribed for treating a condition in which you have too much aldosterone in the body. The drug is also given for treating fluid retention in people who have cirrhosis of the liver, congestive heart failure and a kidney disorder. Aldactone is also prescribed against hypokalemia.

The drug has to be taken with a full glass of water. You should never deviate from the doctor’s prescription or it can be dangerous. Take the prescribed medicines only and do not go for larger amounts or less or for longer periods. Moreover, do not discontinue in the middle of a course.

All the doses should be taken at the right time every day. If a dose is missed, there is nothing to worry. Take the missed drug when you remember it. But if time for the regular dosage, leave the missed one. Never compensate for a missed dose.

In case you feel to have taken more of the drug, seek immediate help. Some of the overdose symptoms include confusion, drowsiness, skin rashes, vomiting, nausea or diarrhea.

It is better to inform the doctor about your allergic reactions before the doctor prescribes Aldactone. You should also inform the doctor if you have any disease of the heart and liver or if you are using any steroid or if using any other diuretic.

Your doctor may go for dosage adjustments o recommend regular test if you have any of these conditions.

Aldactone is rated FDA pregnancy category C, which means that the drug is harmful to the newborn babe. Therefore pregnant women and those who wish to get pregnant should avoid taking Aldactone. As the drug is traced in breast milk, it is better not to feed the new born when you are on Aldactone medication.

Doctors generally do not prescribe Aldactone if you have high levels of potassium in the blood or if you have kidney disease or urinating problems. While taking Aldactone, do not go for potassium supplements, salt supplements and low sodium milk products as they can interact with the drug. You should also avoid a diet high in salt. Take care that your body doesn’t get dehydrated and overheated.

Aldactone can also interfere with certain test reports. So it is better to tell the doctor or the lab technician that you are on Aldactone medication before any test is conducted. You should also inform your surgeon before you go for any surgery.

Some drugs are known to interact with Aldactone. Tell the doctor if you are using lithium drugs, digoxin, steroids, ACE inhibitors or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs before the doctor prescribes Aldactone.

You should also be careful against the allergic reactions and the many side effects when using Aldactone. If you come across swelling (face, mouth, lips), hives or difficulty breathing, you have to stop the drug and contact your doctor. Some of the serious side effects that come with Aldactone are numbness, muscle pain, weakness, slow/fast/uneven heartbeat, urinating less, feeling drowsy, low fever, stomach pain, loss of appetite, clay-colored stools, dark urine and yellowing of skin or eyes.