Spironolactone is used to diagnose or treat a condition in which you have too much aldosterone in your body. Spironolactone also treats fluid retention (edema) in people with congestive heart failure, cirrhosis of the liver, or a kidney disorder called nephrotic syndrome. This medication is also used to treat or prevent hypokalemia (low potassium levels in the blood).
Stop using spironolactone and call your doctor at once if you have:
signs of stomach bleeding--bloody or tarry stools, coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds; high potassium--slow heart rate, weak pulse, muscle weakness or limp feeling, tingly feeling; low sodium--confusion, slurred speech, hallucinations, severe weakness, loss of coordination, feeling unsteady, seizure, fainting, shallow breathing.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
Spironolactone is a potassium-sparing diuretic (water pill) that prevents your body from absorbing too much sodium and keeps your potassium levels from getting too low.
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