Spironolactone is a potassium-sparing diuretic. It helps your body get rid of excess fluid while keeping potassium. Spironolactone uses include treating high blood pressure and edema. It blocks aldosterone receptors, so it can also treat high levels of aldosterone, or hyperaldosteronism.
Sarah Lewis is a pharmacist and a medical writer with over 25 years of experience in various areas of pharmacy practice. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degree from West Virginia University and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy. She completed Pharmacy Practice Residency training at the University of Pittsburgh/VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System.
About one in three American adults has high blood pressure, which can lead to serious health problems, including heart disease, heart failure, stroke, and kidney failure. Yet many myths about high blood pressure persist.
How can you know whether your blood pressure is under control without running off to the doctor's office for readings? Answer: by measuring your own blood pressure, using home monitors. Here's what to know about these handy gadgets.