User Reviews for Spironolactone to treat Edema
Brand names: Aldactone, CaroSpir
Spironolactone has an average rating of 6.7 out of 10 from a total of 13 reviews for the treatment of Edema. 62% of reviewers reported a positive experience, while 15% reported a negative experience.
Reviews for Spironolactone
"Struggled with leg edema for 2.5 years before doctors blamed problem on a hormonal imbalance. 100mg a day has done wonders for my legs; noticed a difference within 3 days. I've even returned to running."
"Had to take it for 7 years due to abdominal and lung edema from advanced cirrhosis of liver caused by HepC. It works but affected my heart which IS a listed long term side effect. My healthy heart now has a a "murmur". Not good. If to do not really need this or any other drug then don't take it."
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"Drug was initiated in combination with Furosemide while hospitalized for liver disease with ascites. Was told this was the gold standard treatment for this. Result was fluid shifts, electrolyte imbalance, impaired kidneys and severe muscle cramping. Nine months off this drug and the reduced kidney function and high potassium levels persist. For some people the potassium sparing does not stop when the drug is discontinued. There is no antidote for it."
"I am a 43-year-old healthy female. No diabetes, no high cholesterol and not on any other medications. I had to start taking spiro because of edema. My legs and feet were were so puffy I could barely wear shoes. I've been on spiro for a week now. I lost 6 pounds of water in the first three days of taking it. My legs and feet are still puffy so progress is gradual. I also elevate my legs whenever I can. I've never used another diuretic other than this one so I can't compare it. My doctor prescribed it for two weeks only, I take it in the morning with my breakfast and have not experienced any side effects at all except mild thirst in the mornings upon waking up."
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"Love this medicine. Works wonders, it even has kept my blood sugars lower than usual (I'm a type 1 diabetic) BUT it WILL decrease your blood pressures so if you have normal blood pressure be very careful, if you overdose you could faint from low blood pressure. I take 50 milligrams 4 days before my period, sometimes earlier."
"I'm a 64 year old Male, I'm 6'1" and weigh 297lb. I am borderline Diabetic, and had Asthma my whole life. I have been on Spironolactone 50Mg (1 a Day) for over six years. At first it seemed to work as it lowered my BP and helped with my swollen ankles and feet. I noticed that Spironolactone improved my Breathing some after taking for about a month. I now have a red welt or blister on my left shin near my ankle. Its been there for almost a year. My blood pressure is still good due to Losartin, but my ankles are now always swollen and my breathing is back to the way it was, so-so. I have read terrible reviews about this drug on this web sites as in premature Deaths caused by long time use of Spironolactone, plus Serious levels of high Potassium that required Hospitalization. I am currently taking (all Generic) Lipitor, Losartin, Spironolactone, Theophylline, Singular, Xopenex and Combivent inhalers. I also take Lexapro for depression."
"I was on this for edema, and after awhile my legs got rashes with like welts on my legs with water in them, plus it made a leg ulcer of mine look like I was burned, plus now off this I'm still have the welts full of water (blisters?),its very painfully, plus I'm dealing with the rash on my ankles! This water pill was suppose to help me, but now I'm in worse shape."
"I have been using Spironolactone for two weeks. It worked for the first week then stopped working. My ankles are swollen seemingly permanently, a condition I find intolerable if not time for court to sue my doctor. I never had swollen ankles before I took amlopidine - another house medicine that should be taken off the market."
"I’m a 53 year old female type 2 diabetic. Have some foot and hand swelling but hair shedding as well. Took this medicine for six months. Controlled swelling well, no hair improvement. However…I was so nauseous and barfy every single day. I just couldn’t stand it and tossed medicine in garbage."
"I am a male and have been taking Spironolactone for a year since being diagnosed with cirrhosis and severe edema. The medication helps regulate my potassium levels while Furosemide eliminates excess fluid from my body. If I only take Furosemide, my potassium levels can become dangerously low, so using both medications in combination keeps everything in balance. However, after using Spironolactone for six months, I experienced tender and painful nipples. At first, I couldn't determine the cause as I was taking multiple medications, but when I stopped taking Spironolactone for four months, my nipple pain disappeared. Since low potassium levels can be dangerous with just Furosemide, I was prescribed Spironolactone again, and after 30 days of use, my nipple pain returned."
Aldactone (spironolactone) "No side effects and a lot easier to my metabolism than Lasix"
"I was suffering with a lot of fluid and this drug has worked great!!!"
Aldactone (spironolactone) "It has less side effects than other medications."
"I don't feel as bloated as I did before I started taking this pill- I have had no side effects at all."
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Aldactone (spironolactone) "I took chlorthalidone and amlodipine for several years for high blood pressure (HBP). The latter caused unsightly leg edema. Nine days ago the chlorthalidone was replaced by spironolactone, and potassium supplements were stopped. My BP remains OK, and since the change, the edema has decreased noticeably."