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Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
What Is Aldactone?
Aldactone (spironolactone) is an aldosterone receptor antagonist that causes the kidneys to remove water and sodium from the body, with reduced losses of potassium. Aldactone is used to reduce edema caused by heart, liver or kidney problems, high blood pressure (hypertension), and certain patients with hyperaldosteronism. Aldactone is available in a generic form named spironolactone.
What Are Side Effects of Aldactone?
Common side effects of Aldactone include:
- skin rash,
- gas, and
- stomach pain.
Tell your doctor if you have serious side effects of Aldactone including irregular heart rate, muscle pain or weakness, urinating less than usual, shallow breathing, tremors, confusion, or a severe skin reaction, hyperkalemia (high levels of potassium in the blood), and numbness.