Can a doctor prescribe you Aldactone online?
If you have high blood pressure, you may have heard of Aldactone, one of the many drugs used to treat hypertension.
If you’re looking for an online prescription, we have great news—HealthTap’s doctors can help you with that. All you have to do is schedule an appointment with one of our primary care doctors or connect with an urgent care doctor, which usually takes less than 15 minutes.
Aldactone is a prescription medication, meaning you need to consult with a doctor before receiving a prescription. The doctor will make sure Aldactone is in fact the drug you need and will make sure it isn’t likely to interact with other drugs and substances you may be taking.
What is Aldactone and how does it work?
Aldactone, also known under the generic name spironolactone, is a medication that comes in the form of tablets and a liquid suspension. It’s used to treat a variety of illnesses:
Edema (fluid retention), which can be caused by several conditions, including liver, or kidney disease
Aldactone is also what’s known as a “water pill”, or diuretic, because it prompts your kidneys to purge excess water (and sodium), which can help treat the conditions listed above.
With high blood pressure, for example, excess fluid is purged from your body, which reduces the amount of blood flowing through your arteries and thus lowers your blood pressure.
How is it taken and what will it do for you?
Whether you have tablets or liquid, you can expect to take them one to two times per day, with or without food. Dosage will vary depending on your specific health profile, so take your doctor’s advice and stick to the instructions on your prescription. There’s no one-size-fits-all dose.
When taken for blood pressure, Aldactone is potentially life-saving. That’s because hypertension left untreated can cause damage to your arteries that can lead to heart disease, heart attack, heart failure, stroke, kidney failure, blindness, and more.
Hypertension patients may be prescribed other medications in combination with Aldactone, and are almost always advised to make lifestyle changes to lower their blood pressure such as:
Switching to a low-sodium, low-fat diet
Getting more exercise
Drinking less alcohol
High blood pressure is a manageable condition, and Aldactone can be part of an effective regimen for keeping it in check.
Side effects of Aldactone
Common side effects include:
Enlarged or painful breasts in men or women
Vaginal bleeding in post-menopausal women
Sexual side effects
A deeper voice
Increased hair growth on your body
Call your doctor immediately if you notice any of these serious side effects:
Muscle weakness, pain, or cramps
Pain, burning, numbness, or tingling in your hands or feet
Unable to move your arms or legs
Changes in heartbeat
Dry mouth, dizziness, and any other symptoms of dehydration
Unusual bleeding or bruising
Lack of energy
Loss of appetite
Pain in the upper right of your stomach
Yellowing of your skin or eyes
Difficulty breathing or swallowing
Will Aldactone make me urinate more frequently?
Aldactone is a water pill and is designed to flush fluids from your body to help decrease your blood pressure. As such, you will likely experience the need to urinate more often.
Talk to your doctor about how to manage this and how to properly hydrate while you’re taking Aldactone.
Things to mention to your doctor before taking Aldactone
Tell your doctor if you’re allergic to spironolactone, any ingredients in it, or any other medications.
Eplerenone is another high blood pressure medication that may not combine well with Aldactone. If you’re taking eplerenone, your doctor probably won’t prescribe Aldactone.
Aminoglycoside antibiotics are of particular concern, but it’s best to mention any and all prescription medications. Your doctor will know best what’s most likely to affect you.
Over-the-counter medication, vitamins, and supplements
Any sort of over-the-counter pain medication, or vitamin or dietary supplement has the potential to interact with Aldactone, so make sure to mention it to your doctor.
If you have Addison’s disease or anything that causes heightened levels of potassium, your doctor will probably recommend that you not take Aldactone.
Pregnant or breastfeeding
Your doctor may recommend another medication if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding. If you become pregnant while you’re taking Aldactone, contact your doctor right away.
Make sure you tell your surgeon, including your dentist, that you’re taking Aldactone before you undergo any procedure.
Be careful and talk to your doctor about consuming alcohol while taking Aldactone. In combination, they can cause you to become dizzy or lightheaded when you get up from lying down.
Talk to a HealthTap doctor about your high blood pressure
If you’re concerned about high blood pressure, or if you’re looking for a more convenient way to manage your condition, HealthTap can help. Our doctors can:
Diagnose and treat you for high blood pressure
Help you manage your medications and check for interactions
Write and refill prescriptions
Work with you to create a plan involving medication and/or lifestyle changes to improve your blood pressure