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Aldactone Consumer (continued)
This drug should not be used with the following medication because very serious interactions may occur: eplerenone.
If you are currently using the medication listed above, tell your doctor or pharmacist before starting spironolactone.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use, especially of: corticosteroids (e.g., prednisone), certain hormones (ACTH), digoxin, lithium, mitotane, other diuretics that increase potassium (e.g., amiloride, triamterene).
Other medications besides this medication which may increase your potassium levels include cyclosporine, tacrolimus, potassium supplements, ACE inhibitors (e.g., captopril, lisinopril) or ARBs (e.g., losartan, candesartan). Follow your doctor's instructions carefully and continue medications for your condition as directed. Limit foods high in potassium such as bananas, tomatoes, potatoes, low-salt milk, and salt substitutes. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details, including diet recommendations. It is important to keep all medical and laboratory appointments so your doctor can monitor your potassium levels regularly.
Check the labels on all your medicines (such as cough-and-cold products, diet aids, or NSAIDs such as ibuprofen, naproxen) because they may contain ingredients that could increase your blood pressure or worsen swelling (edema).
This medication can affect the results of certain lab tests (e.g., digoxin or cortisol levels). Make sure laboratory personnel and your doctors know you use this drug.
This document does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use. Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share the list with your doctor and pharmacist.
OVERDOSE: If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. US residents can call the US national poison hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Canadian residents should call their local poison control center directly.
NOTES: Do not share this medication with others.
Laboratory and/or medical tests (e.g., blood mineral levels, kidney or liver function tests) should be performed periodically to monitor your progress or check for side effects. Consult your doctor for more details.
If you are taking this medication for high blood pressure, lifestyle changes such as stress reduction programs, exercise, and dietary changes may increase the effectiveness of this medicine. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about lifestyle changes that might benefit you.
Have your blood pressure checked regularly while taking this medication. Discuss with your doctor and learn how to monitor your own blood pressure. Inform your doctor of your blood pressure readings.
MISSED DOSE: If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.
STORAGE: Store the US product at room temperature below 77 degrees F (25 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medicines away from children and pets.
Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company for more details about how to safely discard your product.
MEDICAL ALERT: Your condition can cause complications in a medical emergency. For enrollment information call MedicAlert at 1-800-854- 1166 (USA) or 1-800-668-1507 (Canada).
Information last revised April 2012. Copyright(c) 2012 First Databank, Inc.
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