Inspra is generically known as eplerenone. This medicine blocks the aldosterone. Inspra works by interrupting the hormone- aldosterone, which reduces the quantity of sodium and water retained by the body. This helps in the reduction of the blood pressure which prevents kidney problems, heart attacks and strokes.
Inspra is used for the treatment of high blood pressure. This drug is also used in patients suffering from some heart problems like congestive heart failure, heart attack and left ventricular systolic dysfunction.
How To Use
Take this medicine orally generally once or twice every day, with/without food as suggested by the doctor. To get the maximum advantage from this medicine, use it regularly. Take this medicine at the same time every day so that you will not miss any doses. The dosage is on the basis of your response to therapy, medical condition (heart failure, high blood pressure) and other drugs you are taking. This drug may take 4 weeks to completely influence your blood pressure. It is necessary to take this medicine until you are completely well. If the dose is missed, then take it as soon as possible. If it is time for the next dosage, then the missed dose should be skipped.
Dizziness, headache, tiredness, vomiting or diarrhea may commonly occur while using inspra. Notify your doctor immediately if you observe any of the following serious side effects: sore breasts in men, swollen ankles/legs/feet, enlarged breasts, severe diarrhea, unusual vaginal bleeding, chest pain, vomiting and signs of high potassium level in blood (like irregular heartbeat, muscle weakness). A very serious hypersensitive reaction to this medicine is rare. However, seek immediate medical aid if you observe any symptoms of allergies including: itching, skin rashes, trouble breathing, swollen face/lips/tongue/throat and severe dizziness.
Before the intake of this medicine, tell your druggist or doctor if you are have any allergies to eplerenone or any other inactive ingredient present in it. Before using inspra, let your doctor know about your past medical health, particularly of: kidney disease, hyperkalemia- high potassium levels in blood, diabetes. This drug may elevate your potassium blood levels. Before using salt substitutes containing potassium or potassium supplements (triamterene, spironolactone, amiloride) contact your pharmacist or doctor. This medicine may be responsible for dizziness or drowsiness. Do not use machines or drive during the use of inspra. Avoid alcoholic drinks. There are more risks of side effects in older adults especially the increase in potassium levels in blood. Do not use inspra if you are using ketoconazole, clarithromycin, nefazodone, ritonavir, nelfinavir, itraconazolr or troleandomycin. Before undergoing surgery, let your dentist or doctor know about all the products you take such as non-prescribed drugs, prescribed medicine, herbal preparation or dietary products. Inspra is contraindicated in patients having type 2 diabetes and protein in the urine.
Inspra And Pregnancy
This medicine should be used during pregnancy period only if urgently required. It is uncertain whether this medicine is excreted into human milk. Before breast-feeding, talk to your doctor.
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