It’s nice when we see people working their butts off at the gym in the movies and looking and feeling so great. But there’s a price to an overworked body. As rewarding as it really is, bodybuilding and consistent workout can have some effects on your body. This includes things like water retention and hypertension are the most common of the many side effects. One drug that’s making the rounds among bodybuilders and athlete to treat these symptoms is Aldactone. Altactone is used by people to treat symptoms of water retention (or edema) and high blood pressure (or hypertension). It is also used to treat low potassium levels as. Mind you the functions of this drug are not limited to these. Before we cover all that, it is important that you know that Aldactone is the brand name for the generic drug, Spironolactone. Yes, hard to pronounce, we know. Spironolactone is basically a steroid that belong to a class of medications we call, potassium-sparing diuretic.
The company that produces Aldactone is the very popular Pfizer. The company, through our extensive research and less than favorable cyber stalking, seems to be a very trustworthy and reliable company. It is Pfizer has itself engaged in developing and creating a massive range of medicine and treatment for the people. The company also has a very trusted arsenal of medical professional working for it to develop and create an improve healthcare for us. Definitely a reliable company, no doubt.
What will you take from this article today?
If you haven’t guessed already, today article is all about Aldactone. Aldactone is a very important and essential drug for many, and our bodybuilding athletes are taking particular interest in it. We are therefore going to cover everything you need to know in order to get a clear idea about Aldactone and its properties, temperament and results. Here’s what you will learn about this drug from us:
- History and discovery
- What is it used for
- Mode of action
- How to use it?
- What to expect using Aldactone?
- How does it compare?
- What are the side effects of Aldactone?
History and Discovery
The history of and discovery of Spironolactone is fairly simple and straightforward. This drug was developed soon after the natriuretic effects of progesterone. Spironolactone initially synthesized 1957 and was later patented between the next 3 years from 1958 to 1961. However, the drug was officially marketed as an anti mineralocorticoid in 1959. And from then on, came the birth of Alcadone by Pfizer which was about to become a godsend for people all over the world!
What is Alcadone used for?
But how has this drug become so essential to the lives and lifestyle of millions? Well, to fnd that out, we must first explore the function and job of Alcadone. Knowing what a drug does is hands down one of the most important part any treatment, so take notes!
Alcadone is, first and foremost, used as a medicine to treat water retention or fluid buildup in the body for patients suffering from heart or liver disease. The Spironolactone is what we call “water pill”. This is because Spironolactone is a diuretic. In other words, it will flush your body of the excess water and salts to reduce the swelling up.
- Potassium treatment
However, Spironolactone is a potassium-sparing diuretic meaning it won’t deplete your body of the much needed potassium. In fact, Alcadone is widely used to treat low potassium levels in the body.
- High blood pressure
The Spironolactone is Alcadone is also very relevant to lowering elevated blood pressure.
The list is not limited to just these. Alcadone is also used for hormone therapy among many more things. With functions and jobs so important and essential, Aldactone is a medicine for many, no doubt. But it has also found a very neat place in the lives of athletes, bodybuilders and competitive trainers who face the said conditions due to their training and physical exercise.But how does it do what it does?
Mode of action
Don’t get intimidated. Mode of action, or MoA, is a fancy medical term which describes the way drug works and does its job. And although you may not think so, but knowing how a drug work is just as important as knowing what it does. Aldactone works by blocking and suppressing a hormone called the aldosterone. Now, why would it do that, you ask? Well, aldosterone is what’s responsible for increasing the amounts of sodium and water to be retained by the kidney. It also removes more than the necessary amount of potassium which vital for healthy body balance. As a result? You swell up, you have a deficiency in potassium and your blood pressure goes through the roof. Alcadone, put simple, interferes and prevents aldosterone from doing what it does.
How to take Aldactone?
Knowing the physical properties of a drug is important. It helps you understand your options and makes the dosage process more efficient. Aldactone comes in tablet form, only. You will find it in size of 25 mg, 50 mg and 100 mg. The 25 mg tablet comes in light yellow, round and biconvex, film-coated biconvex, film-coated and the 100 mg version is peach in colour, round, biconvex, scored and film coated. Mind you, both the tablets are debossed with the words “Aldactone” and their size on one face.
Knowing and following your dosage is literally half the work done. Following your dosage, for any drug, to the T is extremely important if you want to see proper results. For Aldactone, you mus first know that this single tablets serves to treat multiple purposes. So the dosage for edema would be diffrenet than the dosage for hypertension. Here’s a quick guideline:
Adult will take Aldactone from 25 mg to 200 mg per day, depending on the condition and necessity. You can have it in a single or divided dose, per day. As for the duration of the dosage, you will need to continue the dosage plan for up to 5 days.
Adults will take from 50 mg to 100 mg of Aldactone per day, depending on the condition and necessity. You can have it in a single or divided dose, per day. This dosage plan should be continued for 2 weeks to achieve satisfactory results.
For Potassium deficiency (Hypokalemia)
Adults should take anywhere from 25 mg to 100 mg of Aldactone to treat low potassium level in the body. This dosage size is for per day.
Mind you, that that this is a general guideline of the dosage sizes. Everybody is different, and different medical conditions, age and weight will have you adjust the dosage amount significantly. So don’t go about playing doctor and stuffing your face with Aldactone without consulting with your doctor first. We also suggest that you take Aldactone early in the morning and after meal so that it does not upset your stomach and you have the whole day to let the diuretic do its work. Avoid take this drug around bedtime lest you want to keep running to the loo the entire night.
It is very uncommon that Aldactone is stacked with any other drug to amp up the results. However, furosemide drugs like Lasix is one of the very few that could get stacked with Aldactone. Mind you, the Spironolactone is a dieretic. So is the furosemide in Lasix. 2 diuretics stacked together could only be necessary in very extreme edema or hypertension cases. Before you decide you stack Aldactone, we strongly recommend that you consult with your physician before doing so.
What effects can you expect after taking Aldactone?
Aldactone is a potassium-sparing dieuretic. After taking this drug, or completing the dosage completely, you should be able to find relief for the symptoms you were suffering for. Some of the effects of taking Aldactone includes:
- A lower blood pressure
- A decreased water retention in the body
Effects are not limited to these, and will vary from person to person.
How does it compare?
Aldactone is used for the treatment of multiple health issues. And to compare this drug, we will need to pin this against multiple other drugs. If the goal to tackle edema and hypertension, then you could compare the drug to Lasix which serves a similar purpose. However, the only place they differ from one another is that Lasix is an anthranilic acid derivative used as a strong loop diuretic while Aldactone is an aldosterone receptor antagonist. So which one does the better job? The answer is probably invalid. Why? Despite serving similar purposes, the 2 drugs are different from one another and the outcomes and result will always vary from patient to patient.
And we are finally to the most awaited and anticipated part of our entire article on Aldactone. We have been showing quite the positive sides of this drug over the last few minutes, however, you must understand that is after all.. .. a drug. And as it is with any drug, they always come with side effects. So what are some of the most common side effect of Aldactone? Check it out:
- Upset stomach
- Sore throat
- Hair loss or hair thinning
Mind you, these may be the more common side effects, but it doesn’t mean you will be experiencing all them (or any!) for sure. However, we strongly suggest that you consult with you doctor immediately if you experience more serious side effects. Some fo the more serious side effects of Aldactone includes:
- Breast enlargement in men
- Severe mood swings
- Signs of infection (fever, sore throat)
- Severe abdominal pains
Aldactone can interact with other drugs or medications that you may be taking. It is therefore very important that you open up to your doctor about any disease, ongoing medication and treatment that you may be on. You must also discuss if you suffer from any sort of allergies. Here are some of the drugs that interact with Aldactone:
- Birth control pills containing drospirenone
- Acetylsalicylic Acid (ASA)
- Any drug that increase that level of potassium in the body
So, there you have it, folks! Aldactone, in a nutshell. There is absolutely no doubt that Aldactone is godsend for many patients all over the world, but is also potentially favorable drug for bodybuilders and athletes who are looking to seek relief of conditions like edema, hypertension, low potassium levels. Aldactone seems to be doing a wonderful job. It is effective and comes with side effects that are tame or are rarely serious. What we would like to see, however, is a more variable form of this medicine. Possibly in oral solution or IV.
This wraps up our take on Aldcatone and all that it has to offer you. We hope we were able to cover the subject just enough to give you a proper idea of the type of drug it is. Be informed, be safe. Take care!