What should I know about Aldactone (spironolactone) before taking it?

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Aldactone (spironolactone) has caused tumors in lab animals and may cause tumors in humans. If you notice any unusual lumps on your body, tell your doctor right away. Do not take Aldactone if you're taking eplerenone or triamterene or if you have allergies to any of Aldactone's ingredients.                                                                             
You may not be able to take Aldactone if you are not producing urine, if you have high levels of potassium, kidney failure, low levels of sodium, liver disease or an electrolyte imbalance. Some people cannot drink alcohol while on this medicine.

Avoid potassium supplements and foods containing high levels of potassium, including salt substitutes. Notify your healthcare provider if any of the following occurs: muscular weakness, fatigue or muscle cramps. This medication may cause drowsiness, headaches or mental confusion. Use caution while driving or performing other tasks requiring alertness.

Before taking Aldactone, discuss the possible risks and benefits of Aldactone with your doctor.