How does spironolactone treat liver cirrhosis?

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Spironolactone, a diuretic, helps the kidneys better process liquid waste, which then reduces the amount of water your body retains.

Cirrhosis occurs when the liver has become too scarred to function properly. The liver accumulates scar tissue as it repairs itself following damage. Two of the complications of liver cirrhosis are edema (water retention in the legs) and ascites (water retention in the abdomen). Spironolactone and other diuretics can treat water retention from liver cirrhosis by flushing excess fluid from the body in the form of urine. This reduces swelling and prevents further complications.