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Why is this medication prescribed?

Spironolactone is used to treat certain patients with hyperaldosteronism (the body produces too much aldosterone, a naturally occurring hormone); low potassium levels; and in patients with edema (fluid retention) caused by various conditions, including heart, liver, or kidney disease.

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By Shawna Kopchu RN

Hypomagnesemia is a common imbalance in critically ill patients; yet it is frequently overlooked. (Perhaps one reason is that it is easily mistaken for potassium deficit, a condition with which it is often associated.) Magnesium deficit also occurs in less acutely ill individuals, such as those experiencing withdrawal from alcohol and those receiving nourishment after a period of starvation (as in tube feedings or total parental nutrition). Indeed, there are a number of clinical situations associated with hypomagnesemia; some of the more common etiological factors are described below.

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Magnesium Products

By Herbert C. Mansmann Jr., M.D. and Shawna Kopchu RN

Choose the Right Magnesium

Choosing the right magnesium salt to take can be confusing. Each person has their own personal preference as to what they use based on manufacturer, price, quantity, dosage, ect. This page will help you understand each product based on dose, absorption rate, peak effect and side effects, ect. All of these products are considered dietary supplements and are available over the counter without a prescription. You can order all of them online or purchase them in any drugstore.

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