*** PLEASE NOTE***
The information and instructions on the following pages should not replace those given to you by your doctor.
Spiranolactone is a synthetic antimineralocortoid agent which decreases the amount of liquid in the body without losing potassium. Spironolactone treats congestive heart failure and hypertension.
Do not use when
Your child is allergic to any of the ingredients in the medication
Your child suffers from hyperglycemia, Addison’s Disease, or severe kidney dysfunction
You are nursing
Consult your doctor when
You are pregnant
Your child is suffering or has suffered in the past from cardiac problems, circulatory problems, liver, kidney, or urinary tract problems, or diabetes
Your child is taking other medication or has known allergies
How should I store the medication?
Store the medication at room temperature (under 30 C) in a dry place. Keep out of reach of children. Do not use past the expiration date.
Administering the Medication
Administer the medication at the times instructed by your physician. Do not eat too much potassium rich foods such as spinach, bananas or tomatoes. Do not chew. Medication should be taken during or after a meal.
What should I do if I forget to administer the medication on time?
Administer the medication immediately after you remember. Do not give the forgotten dose if the next one is soon. Do not give two doses at once.
When can I stop giving the medication?
Complete the round as instructed by your physician. Do not end treatment without consulting with your doctor – even if your child is feeling better.
While using Spironolactone, your child may experience side effects which include headaches, dizziness, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, constipation, and/or digestive problems.
Call your doctor when
Your child’s condition worsens
Your child experiences severe side effects such as itchiness, rashes, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, pins and needles in the lower extremities, hands and lips, muscle contractions, hair loss, irregular heartbeat, irritability, irregular bleeding, red blotches on the skin, bloody or black stool, confusion, weakness, drowsiness, changes in the electrolytes in the bloods, liver dysfunction, menstrual changes, pain in the chest, bloody urine, difficulty urinating, back pains, chills, and/or coughing
Your child will need to be monitored – blood tests, blood pressure, EKG.
If your child will be undergoing any type of surgical procedure, please inform the anesthesiologist that your child is taking Spironolactone.