Spironolactone Uses, Dosage, Side Effects, Food Interaction and all others data.

Spironolactone is a specific pharmacologic antagonist of aldosterone, acting primarily through competitive binding of receptors at the aldosterone-dependent sodium-potassium exchange site in the distal convoluted renal tubule. Spironolactone causes increased amounts of sodium and water to be excreted, while potassium is retained. Spironolactone acts both as a diuretic and as an antihypertensive drug by this mechanism. It may be given alone or with other diuretic agents which act more proximally in the renal tubule. Aldosterone interacts with a cytoplasmic mineralocorticoid receptor to enhance the expression of the Na+ K+ ATPase and the Na+ channel involved in a Na+ K+transport in the distal tubule . Spironolactone bind to this mineralcorticoid receptor, blocking the actions of aldosterone on gene expression. Aldosterone is a hormone; its primary function is to retain sodium and excrete potassium in the kidneys.

Originally spironolactone was only studied for its potassium sparing diuretic effect. Spironolactone competitively inhibits mineralocorticoid receptors in the distal convoluted tubule to promote sodium and water excretion and potassium retention.. Inhibition of this receptor leads to increased renin and aldosterone levels.

Spironolactone is structurally similar to progesterone and as a result is associated with progestogenic and antiandrogenic effects.

Trade Name Spironolactone
Availability Prescription only
Generic Spironolactone
Spironolactone Other Names Espironolactona, Spironolactone, Spironolactonum, Spironolattone
Related Drugs amlodipine, lisinopril, metoprolol, losartan, furosemide, carvedilol, hydrochlorothiazide, warfarin, Lasix, chlorthalidone
Weight 25mg, 100mg, 50mg
Type Tablets, Tablet
Formula C24H32O4S
Weight Average: 416.573
Monoisotopic: 416.202130202
Protein binding

>90%. Canrenone is as much as 98% protein bound.

Groups Approved
Therapeutic Class Potassium-sparing diuretics, Potassium-sparing diuretics & Aldosterone antagonists
Manufacturer Accord Healthcare Limited, Accord-uk Ltd, Dexa Medica, Ecomed Pharma Limited, Bafna Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Medico Remedies Pvt Ltd
Available Country United Kingdom, United States, Indonesia, Nigeria, India
Last Updated: September 19, 2023 at 7:00 am


Spironolactone is used for Congestive heart failure, Hepatic cirrhosis with ascites and oedema, Nephrotic syndrome, Primary hyperaldosteronism, Essential hypertension, For the treatment of patients with hypokalemia

Spironolactone is a long-acting aldosterone antagonist. Spironolactone is a specific pharmacologic antagonist of aldosterone, acting primarily through competitive binding of receptors at the aldosterone dependent sodium-potassium exchange site in the distal convoluted renal tubule. Spironolactone causes increased amounts of sodium and water to be excreted, while potassium and magnesium is retained.

Spironolactone is also used to associated treatment for these conditions: Acne, Ascites, Congestive Heart Failure (CHF), Edema, High Blood Pressure (Hypertension), Hypokalemia, Idiopathic Hirsutism, Nephrotic Syndrome, Primary Hyperaldosteronism, Secondary hyperaldosteronism, Chronic heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (NYHA Class III), Chronic heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (NYHA Class IV), Idiopathic hyperaldosteronism

How Spironolactone works

Spironolactone competitively inhibits aldosterone dependant sodium potassium exchange channels in the distal convoluted tubule. This action leads to increased sodium and water excretion, but more potassium retention. The increased excretion of water leads to diuretic and also antihypertensive effects.


Spironolactone dosage

Edema in adults (congestive heart failure, hepatic cirrhosis, or nephrotic syndrome): An initial daily dosage of 100 mg of Spironolactone administered in either single or divided doses is recommended, but may range from 25 to 200 mg daily. Combined therapy with other diuretics is indicated when more rapid diuresis is desired.

Primary hyperaldosteronism: After the diagnosis of hyperaldosteronism has been established, Spironolactone may be administered in doses of 100 to 400 mg daily in preparation for surgery. For patients who are considered unsuitable for surgery, Spironolactone may be employed for long-term maintenance therapy at the lowest effective dosage determined for the individual patient.

Essential hypertension: For adults, an initial daily dosage of 50 to 100 mg of Spironolactone administered in either single or divided doses is recommended.

Hypokalemia: Spironolactone in a dosage ranging from 25 mg to 100 mg daily is useful in treating a diuretic-induced hypokalemia.

Side Effects

Gynaecomastia may develop in association with the use of Spironolactone. Other adverse reactions are: GI symptoms including cramping and diarrhoea, drowsiness, lethargy, headache, urticaria, mental confusion, impotence, irregular menses or amenorrhoea and post-menopausal bleeding.


Patients experiencing an overdose may present with drowsiness, mental confusion, maculopapular or erythematous rash, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, or diarrhea. Vomiting is generally induced or a gastric lavage is performed. Supportive treatment involves maintining hydration, electrolyte balance, and vital functions.

The oral LD50 in mice, rats, and rabbits is >1g/kg.

Spironolactone should be avoided in pregnancy due to reports of feminization of male fetuses in animal studies. Active metabolites of spironolactone are present in breast milk and levels that are likely inconsequential, though the long term effects have not been studied.

In animal studies, spironolactone slowed follicle development, ovulation, and implantation. Spironolactone increased the incidence of benign adenomas in the testes of male rats, benign uterine endometrial stromal polyps in female rats, and thyroid follicular cell adenomas in both sexes of rats. Spironolactone and canrenone are generally not considered to be mutagenic in tests but canrenone occasionally tests positive for mutagenicity with metabolic activation and spironolactone has occasionally tested inconclusive though slightly positive for mutagenicity.


All patients receiving diuretic therapy should be observed for evidence of fluid or electrolyte imbalance. Hyperkalemia may occur in patients with impaired renal function or excessive potassium intake and can cause cardiac irregularities, which may be fatal.


ACE inhibitors: Concomitant administration of ACE inhibitors with potassium-sparing diuretics has been associated with severe hyperkalemia.

Alcohol, barbiturates, or narcotics: Potentiation of orthostatic hypotension may occur.

Corticosteroids, ACTH: Intensified electrolyte depletion, particularly hypokalemia, may occur.

Lithium: Lithium generally should not be given with diuretics. Diuretic agents reduce the renal clearance of lithium and add a high risk of lithium toxicity.

Digoxin: Spironolactone has been shown to increase the half-life of digoxin.

Food Interaction

  • Avoid alcohol.
  • Avoid potassium-containing products. Potassium products increase the risk of hyperkalemia.
  • Take with or without food. Food increases the bioavailability of spironolactone by nearly 100%. It should be taken at a consistent time in regards to food.

Spironolactone Alcohol interaction


Many psychotherapeutic and CNS-active agents (e.g., anxiolytics, sedatives, hypnotics, antidepressants, antipsychotics, opioids, alcohol, muscle relaxants) exhibit hypotensive effects, especially during initiation of therapy and dose escalation.

Coadministration with antihypertensives and other hypotensive agents, in particular vasodilators and alpha-blockers, may result in additive effects on blood pressure and orthostasis.

Caution and close monitoring for development of hypotension is advised during coadministration of these agents.

Some authorities recommend avoiding alcohol in patients receiving vasodilating antihypertensive drugs.

Patients should be advised to avoid rising abruptly from a sitting or recumbent position and to notify their physician if they experience dizziness, lightheadedness, syncope, orthostasis, or tachycardia.

Volume of Distribution

Volume of distribution data is not readily available.

Elimination Route

Spironolactone reaches a maximum concentration in 2.6 hours and an active metabolite (canrenone) reaches a maximum concentration in 4.3 hours. When taken with food, the bioavailability of spironolactone increases to 95.4%.

Giving spironolactone with food increases the maximum concentration from 209ng/mL to 301ng/mL. The time to maximum concentration also increases from 2.28 hours to 3.05 hours. The area under the curve varies from 2103ng/mL*hr to 4544ng/mL*hr.

Half Life

1.4 hours.

Canrenone has a half life of 16.5 hours, 7-α-thiomethylspirolactone has a half life of 13.8 hours, and 6-ß-hydroxy-7-α-thiomethylspirolactone has a half life of 15 hours.


Clearance data is not readily available.

Elimination Route

Metabolites of spironolactone are excreted 42-56% in urine, and 14.2-14.6% in the feces. No unmetabolized spironolactone is present in the urine.

Pregnancy & Breastfeeding use

Pregnancy: Spironolactone should not be used during pregnancy

Lactation: Canrenone, an active metabolite of Spironolactone, appears in breast milk. If use of the drug is deemed essential an alternative method of infant feeding should be instituted.


Spironolactone is contraindicated in patients with acute renal insufficiency, significant impairment of renal function, anuria, hyperkalaemia or sensitivity to Spironolactone.

Acute Overdose

Symptoms of overdosage include drowsiness, mental confusion, dizziness, diarrhea and vomiting etc. Patients should induce vomiting or evacuate the stomach by lavage during Spironolactone overdoasge.

Storage Condition

Store in a cool and dry place protected from light. Keep out of reach of children.

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What is Spironolactone used for?

Spironolactone is used to treat or prevent hypokalemia.It prevents your body from absorbing too much salt and keeps your potassium levels from getting too low.

How safe is Spironolactone?

Spironolactone is generally considered safe for healthy women. Taking both Spironolactone and the pill can increase effectiveness. This combination has another advantage. It's essential to use birth control while taking Spironolactone.

How does Spironolactone work?

Spironolactone works to protect the heart, lower blood pressure, and help with any leg swelling that a weak heart can cause.

What are the common side effects of Spironolactone?

Common side effects of Spironolactone drowsiness, dizziness, lightheadedness, stomach upset, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, or headache may occur. To minimize lightheadedness, get up slowly when rising from a seated or lying position. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

Is Spironolactone safe during pregnancy?

Women should not take Spironolactone if they are pregnant.Because of the potential risk to the male fetus due to anti-androgenic properties of Spironolactone and animal data, avoid Spironolactone  in pregnant women or advise a pregnant woman of the potential risk to a male fetus.

Is Spironolactone safe during breastfeeding?

Spironolactone appears acceptable to use during breastfeeding.

Can I drink alcohol with Spironolactone?

It is best to limit your intake of alcohol while taking Spironolactone. Alcohol can increase the risk for low blood pressure and dizziness. If the blood pressure drops too low, you may feel dizzy or faint, in some cases falls or fainting may occur.

Can I drive after taking Spironolactone?

Do not drive or operate machinery if Spironolactone makes you drowsy or impairs your judgment. Your doctor may need to periodically monitor electrolyte levels in your blood while you are taking Spironolactone.

When is the best time to take Spironolactone?

It is best to take your dose early in the day to prevent having to get up during the night to urinate.Take the tablets with or just after a meal.

Should I take Spironolactone before or after eating?

You may take this medicine with or without food, but it should be taken the same way (with or without food) each day.

When should not I take Spironolactone?

You should not use Spironolactone if you Addison's disease, high levels of potassium in your blood, if you are unable to urinate, or if you are also taking eplerenone.

Can you take spironolactone before bed?

You can take Spironolactone with or without food, but make sure you pick one way and stick to it. Also avoid taking it before bedtime since it can make you go to the bathroom.

Does Spironolactone affect sleep?

Spironolactone oral tablet may cause drowsiness.

How long can I stay on Spironolactone?

Spironolactone usually needs to be continued for up to six months before the benefit can be seen.

Can Spironolactone be taken long-term?

long-term use of Spironolactone in the treatment of acne in women appears to be safe.

What are the benefits of taking Spironolactone?

benefits of taking Spironolactone to protect the heart, lower blood pressure, and help with any leg swelling that a weak heart can cause.

What happens if I stop taking Spironolactone for hair loss?

Some women will find that if they stop taking the Spironolactone, the follicles will shrink once again, and the hair loss may resume. If you are worried about hair loss.

Does Spironolactone increase estrogen?

Spironolactone showed no significant effects on levels of estrogen,

Who should not take Spironolactone?

You should not use Spironolactone with caution if you have kidney problems, high levels of potassium in your blood, Addison's disease, if you are unable to urinate, or if you are also taking eplerenone.

What happens if I take too much Spironolactone?

If too much Spironolactone is taken, the symptoms are similar to Spironolactone side effects: sleepiness, dizziness, mental confusion, drug rash, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. If a Spironolactone overdose is suspected, go to an emergency room.

*** Taking medicines without doctor's advice can cause long-term problems.