Spironolactone is a diuretic that removes excess fluid from the body by increasing the flow of urine. It is used to treat congestive heart failure and ascites (fluid in the abdomen).
Side effects may include excessive thirst, drowsiness, weakness, restlessness, diminished urination in relation to fluid intake, or stomach upset. Notify your veterinarian if side effects are noted and they are troublesome.Other side effects may occur. If you notice anything unusual, contact your veterinarian.
Spironolactone works by preventing the body from absorbing too much salt and keeps potassium levels from getting too low. Spironolactone may be used for several cardiovascular and renal conditions. 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 hyperkalemia (low potassium levels in the blood).
Spironolactone should be given orally as directed by your veterinarian.
This medication does not have an FDA approved indication for use in animals, but it is a common and acceptable practice for veterinarians to prescribe this human medication for use in animals.Make sure to tell your veterinarian what other medication you are giving to your pet. Quite often your veterinarian may prescribe two different medications, and a drug interaction may be anticipated. In this case, your veterinarian may vary the dose and/or monitor your pet more closely. The following drugs can potentially interact with spironolactone: Digoxin, mitotane, neuromuscular blockers, triamterene, potassium supplements, or salicylates. Contact your veterinarian if your pet experiences any unusual reactions when different medications are given together.
Allergic reactions to medications may occur. Be sure to inform VetSource and your veterinarian if your pet has any known drug sensitivities or allergies. If your pet displays symptoms of an allergic reaction, call your veterinarian immediately or go to a veterinary emergency clinic. Symptoms may include but are not limited to: swollen lips, tongue, face, airways; difficulty breathing; agitation; profuse salivation; vomiting; widespread hives and itching.