Aldactone is a diuretic with a wide range of treatment uses. It is most often prescribed to treat high blood pressure, edema, hypokalemia (low potassium), and acne. In fact, it has proved to be an effective treatment for stubborn moderate to severe acne that has not responded to other treatments. By balancing your hormones, it helps to prevent painful acne often found on the chin and jaw. Aldactone is also used to treat excessive hair growth and polycystic ovary disease.
Our team at Nurx cannot prescribe and deliver Aldactone, but can offer the generic equivalent Spironolactone for as low as $0 with insurance or as little as $30 without insurance.
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- How Is Aldactone Used?
Aldactone is taken by mouth, usually once per day. It works by controlling hormones — both progesterone and testosterone — in the body. It is important to take Aldactone at the same time each day, as prescribed by your doctor. Even if you start to feel better or your symptoms are gone, continue to take it as prescribed. The length of time that it takes to notice an improvement in symptoms will depend on why you are taking Aldactone. If you are taking it to treat acne, most people notice an improvement within 2-3 months.
As a bonus, Aldactone will also decrease blood pressure and edema. By reducing the levels of aldosterone in the body, it works as a diuretic and decreases both water retention and potassium levels. This means that you will likely notice an increase in urination, so it is best to take Aldactone at least a few hours before bed.
- Is Aldactone Easy To Get?
Aldactone is a safe and effective drug, meaning that it is relatively easy to get. It is readily available at most pharmacies, all over the U.S. However, it does require a prescription. Nurx often prescribes the generic, Spironolactone.
Nurx also works with many insurance providers, so you can get your prescriptions at an affordable price. Even if you don't have insurance, we have you covered with numerous generic choices, also at an affordable price.
- What Precautions Should I Take Before Starting Aldactone?
Always discuss your health history and current medication use with your doctor before starting any new medication, even Aldactone. Your healthcare provider will help you gauge the likeliness of an allergic reaction, which may include a rash, swelling, itching, dizziness, or trouble breathing. Overall, the risk of an allergic reaction to Aldactone is low.
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, Aldactone may not be the right acne treatment for you. However, if Aldactone is not right for you, a Nurx healthcare provider may be able to find you another option with less risk.
It is best to avoid using Aldactone if you have a history of kidney or liver disease or if you have a history of Addison's disease, which leads to a decreased functioning of the adrenal gland. Some people may experience mild stomach irritation when using Aldactone. Notify your doctor if this happens to you, and they may tell you to take your prescription with food.
Aldactone may affect your potassium levels, so your doctor may want to monitor them while using it.
Any other medications or foods with potassium should also be avoided when taking Aldactone. This includes foods like papaya, bananas, raisins, and prunes, as they can lead to dangerously high levels of potassium. You should also avoid food or beverages with high levels of salt.
Because Aldactone can lead to dizziness, it is also recommended that you avoid additional substances that may do the same, like alcohol or drugs. Aldactone can also affect lab test results, specifically cortisol levels.
- Are There Any Known Side Effects?
Side effects are uncommon with Aldactone, but there is always a risk when you take a new medication. Fortunately, most people will only experience very minimal side effects, if any at all. Potential side effects include fatigue, nausea, vomiting, headache, dizziness, and upset stomach.
Serious side effects are even less likely but have been reported in very few cases. Symptoms of increased thirst, kidney or liver problems, mental changes, sexual dysfunction, chronic infection, chronic fatigue, or extreme changes to your menstrual cycle mean you should stop using Aldactone and notify your doctor.
Do not use Aldactone if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients. You should also notify your doctor if you have had an allergic reaction to similar drugs, like Spironolactone. Women who are older may be more sensitive to these side effects.
- Can I Take Aldactone With Other Medications?
Aldactone can be taken with most medications. However, there are a few that you should avoid. Because Aldactone affects your potassium levels, it is best to avoid other medications that also do the same, like lithium medications or birth control pills with drospirenone. Some other medications may negatively interact with Aldactone and should also be avoided, including medications or NSAIDS that increase your blood pressure.
As always, it is best to discuss all prescriptions, supplements, and over-the-counter medications that you are taking with your doctor before beginning a new medication.
- How Do I Get a Prescription for Aldactone Through Nurx?
When you need a prescription to treat acne, getting a prescription is convenient with Nurx. We have doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants all over the U.S. You can easily request acne treatment with a healthcare provider from your home state and get a prescription, if appropriate.
One of our Nurx healthcare providers will talk with you about your symptoms, as well as your medical history and current medications, to choose the best prescription for you.
- Can I Buy Aldactone Online Through Nurx?
Aldactone is not currently available through Nurx, but we do offer the generic version, Spironolactone. Whether you are looking to treat stubborn acne or better control your hormones, one of our healthcare providers will be happy to help you find the right prescription. We often prescribe Spironolactone to treat hormone-based acne, and we have found it to be an effective treatment option.
- How Long Does It Take To Receive Aldactone?
Receiving your prescriptions fast is important to us. After a medical provider reviews your health history and writes a prescription, we'll ship your medication using 1-3 day USPS Priority Shipping. Your medication will be shipped in discreet packaging right to your door.
- Is There a Generic Version of Aldactone?
Aldactone is available in the generic form, Spironolactone. It is just as effective as Aldactone in the treatment of acne and other conditions. Aldactone is also similar to other brands, like Amiloride, Spiractin, Triamterene, and Aldactazine.
- Who Makes Aldactone?
Aldactone is manufactured by Pfizer.
- Is Aldactone the same as Spironolactone?
Spironolactone is the generic form of Aldactone. This means that they contain the same active ingredients and are used to treat the same things. Both have been successfully used in the treatment of high blood pressure, high water retention, and acne.
- Will Aldactone change my menstrual cycle?
It is possible for Aldactone, as well as Spironolactone, to change the heaviness or frequency of your menstrual cycle. It may also lead to tender breasts. Using birth control in combination with Aldactone can help.
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