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Generic Aldactone is a perfect remedy, which helps to fight with hyperaldosteronism, hypokalemia, edema, ascites, hirsutism, alopecia (baldness), acne. It can also be used together with other medicines to treat myasthenia gravis, precocious puberty, high blood pressure.

Generic Aldactone acts by controlling the level of water and salt and by decreasing the potassium loss from your body.

Aldactone is also known as Spironolactone, Spirotone, Spiractin, Osyrol, Spiroctan, Spirolon, Verospiron.

It is aldosterone receptor antagonists.

Generic name of Generic Aldactone is Spironolactone.

Brand names of Generic Aldactone are Aldactone, Spiractin, Spirotone, Spironol, Berlactone, Novo-Spiroton.

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You can feel the effects of Generic Aldactone after 2 weeks of treatment. It depends on the health state and other factors of the patient.

Take Generic Aldactone tablets orally with water, at the same time every day.

Do not crush or chew it.

Take Generic Aldactone once (in the morning) or twice a day.

If you want to achieve most effective results do not stop taking Generic Aldactone suddenly.

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If you overdose Generic Aldactone and you don't feel good you should visit your doctor or health care provider immediately. Symptoms of Generic Aldactone overdosage: diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, red skin rash, loss of energy, slow heartbeat, weakness in legs, feeling drowsy, confusion.

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Store below 25 degrees C (77 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date. Keep out of the reach of children.

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Do not take Generic Aldactone if you are allergic to Generic Aldactone components.

Do not take Generic Aldactone if you're pregnant or you plan to have a baby, or you are a nursing mother. Generic Aldactone can harm your baby.

Do not take Generic Aldactone if you are taking potassium-sparing diuretics (such as Aldactazide, amiloride (Moduretic, Midamor)), triamterene (such as Maxzide, Dyazide, Dyrenium)).

Be careful using Generic Aldactone if you take inhibitors (enalapril (such as Vasotec), fosinopril (such as Monopril), captopril (such as Capoten), benazepril (such as Lotensin), lisinopril (such as Zestril, Prinivil), quinapril (such as Accupril), moexipril (such as Univasc), ramipril (such as Altace), trandolapril (such as Mavik)); oral steroids (dexamethasone (such as Decadron, Dexone), prednisone (such as Deltasone), methylprednisolone (such as Medrol)); aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicines (naproxen (such as Aleve, Naprosyn), ibuprofen (such as Advil, Motrin), indomethacin (such as Indocin)); diuretics; barbiturates, phenobarbital; digoxin (such as Digitek, Lanoxicaps, Lanoxin)); high blood pressure medicines, lithium (such as Lithobid, Eskalith); perindopril (such as Aceon).It can be dangerous to use Aldactone if you suffer from or have a history of liver disease, kidney disease, potassium high levels in your blood, problems with urination.

Be careful with this drug if you are going to have a surgery.

Avoid food with high level of salt.

Avoid dehydration.

Avoid medicines which cause lightheadedness.

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Do not stop taking Generic Aldactone suddenly.

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Ten hyperkalemic patients with serum potassium of more than 5.5 mEq/l, and serum creatinine of less than 2.5 mg/dl (221 micromol/l) were studied prospectively. Two control groups of 10 patients each were used. Control 1 group with normal renal function, and control 2 group with normokalemia and renal failure of the same magnitude as that of the hyperkalemic patients. Serum osmolarity, electrolytes, creatinine, aldosterone and urine electrolytes and osmolarity were measured and TTKG calculated.

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The multidrug resistance-associated protein 2 (MRP2/ABCC2) is a transporter that belongs to the ATP-binding cassette (ABC) superfamily. In the intestine, it is localized to the apical membrane of the enterocyte and plays a key role in limiting the absorption of xenobiotics incorporated orally. MRP2 may also play a role in systemic clearance of xenobiotics available from the serosal side of the intestine. MRP2 transports a wide range of substrates, mainly organic anions conjugated with glucuronic acid, glutathione and sulfate and its expression can be modulated by xenobiotics at transcriptional- and post-transcriptional levels. Transcriptional regulation is usually mediated by a group of nuclear receptors. The pregnane X receptor (PXR) is a major member of this group. Relevant drugs described to up-regulate intestinal MRP2 via PXR are rifampicin, spironolactone and carbamazepine, among others. The constitutive androstane receptor (CAR, NR1I3) was also reported to modulate MRP2 expression, phenobarbital being a typical activator. Dietary compounds, including micronutrients and other natural products, are also capable of regulating intestinal MRP2 expression transcriptionally. We have given them particular attention since the composition of the food ingested daily is not necessarily supervised and may result in interactions with therapeutic drugs. Post-transcriptional regulation of MRP2 activity by xenobiotics, e.g. as a consequence of inhibitory actions, is also described in this review. Unfortunately, only few studies report on drug-drug or nutrient-drug interactions as a consequence of modulation of intestinal MRP2 activity by xenobiotics. Future clinical studies are expected to identify additional interactions resulting in changes in efficacy or safety of therapeutic drugs.

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THE ROLE OF ALDOSTERONE: Aldosterone is the key hormone in salt-water homeostasis. In heart failure, it participates in the appearance and maintenance of signs of congestion. Predominantly synthesised in the glomerular area of the cortico-adrenal glands, extra adrenal production areas have recently been identified notably in the brain, the heart and the large artery trunks. Aldosterone is activated in the cells by the intracellular mineral corticoid receptor. IN CARDIOVASCULAR-PATHOLOGIES: In chronic heart failure, patients treated with conversion enzyme inhibitor may escape from the renin-angiotensin blockade and this may lead to increased aldosterone plasma levels. This increase can induce not only vascular lesions and myocardial fibrosis but also renal and cerebral lesions.

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We conducted a randomized crossover study in 23 untreated hypertensive patients in which we measured muscle SNA at baseline, after 1 and 3 months of chlorthalidone (12.5-25 mg/d), and after 1 and 3 months of spironolactone (50-75 mg/d). Ambulatory BP, baroreflex sensitivity, and indices of insulin resistance were also assessed at baseline and after 3 months of each drug treatment.

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Collagen is the major extracellular matrix protein in the heart and represents a crucial target for anti-remodeling and cardioprotective therapy. Collagen quantity and quality have been shown to be regulated under various physiological and pathologic conditions. Excessive deposition of collagen, leading to cardiac fibrosis, is a major determinant of cardiac dysfunction and arrhythmogenecity associated with sudden death. Serological markers of collagen turnover were proven as a noninvasive reliable tool for monitoring from a distance cardiac tissue repair and fibrosis, both in experimental and clinical conditions. Some markers of collagen synthesis and degradation were shown to have a prognostic significance in myocardial infarction, cardiomyopathy and heart failure, and were reported as independent predictors of mortality. Aldosterone represents the end-product of the renin angiotensin aldosterone system and may play a role in cardiac collagen deposition independent of its effect on blood pressure. Production of aldosterone is mainly regulated by angiotensin II and is activated in the failing human ventricle in proportion to heart failure severity. Circulating or locally produced aldosterone stimulates fibrillar collagen accumulation in the heart directly via mineralocorticoid receptors or, indirectly, modifying angiotensine II receptors number and/or function. The use of mineralocorticoid receptor antagonists counters collagen deposition, even when used on top of classical RAAS inhibitors, such as ACE inhibitors and angiotensine II receptor blockers. There is now accumulating evidence from experimental and clinical studies showing antifibrotic and cardioprotective effect for aldosterone antagonists, spironolactone and eplerenone. In chronic heart failure and post myocardial infarction patients, aldosterone receptor blockade benefit was associated with decreased serum levels of collagen synthesis marker PIIINP (procollagen type III amino-terminal peptide), without affecting collagen degradation. Understanding various autocrine/paracrine mechanisms involved in extracellular matrix remodeling in heart failure represents a major challenge, essential for developing new cardioreparative and cardioprotective strategies.

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Furosemide, a loop diuretic, is commonly used in patients with congestive heart failure (CHF), in which chronic, inappropriate (dietary Na+) elevations in plasma aldosterone (ALDO) and a catabolic state that includes bone wasting are expected.

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Cancer cachexia is a complex and multifaceted disease state characterized by fatigue, weakness, and loss of skeletal muscle and adipose tissue. Recently, the profound negative effects of cancer cachexia on cardiac tissue draw much attention, which is likely to contribute to mortality in tumor-bearing animals. The mechanism of cardiac remodeling is not so clear and involved with a series of molecular alterations. In cancer cachexia model, progressive loss of left ventricular mass and decrease in myocardial function is observed and cardiac autonomic functions are altered. Levels of several emerging cardiovascular neurohormones are found elevating in patients with cancer, but it is still controversial whether the changes could reflect the heart injury accurately. The remedy for cardiac remodeling has been explored. It is showed that exercise can modulate signaling pathways activated by wasting cytokines and impact on the resulting outcomes on heart adaptation. Some drugs, such as bisoprolol, spironolactone, perindopril, tandospirone, and simvastatin, can mitigate adverse effects of the tumor on the heart and prolong survival.

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Spironolactone (SL) is a poorly water-soluble drug. Being poorly soluble affects its dissolution rate which in turn affects its oral bioavailability. This work aimed to prepare freeze-dried SL-Soluplus/polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) oral thin film in an attempt to enhance the drug solubility on one hand and at the same time prepare a solid dosage form convenient for the pediatric use. SL-Soluplus/PVA films were prepared using polyethylene glycol 400 (PEG 400) as a plasticizer applying the solvent-casting technique. The prepared films were evaluated for their thickness, tensile strength, and in vitro dissolution studies. Box-Behnken design (17 runs) was applied to optimize the effects of the formulation variables on the film properties. The optimized film formulation was freeze-dried after casting so as to enhance the drug dissolution. Moreover, the optimized freeze-dried film was re-characterized in vitro and evaluated in vivo in human volunteers to investigate its palatability and satisfaction. The results showed that the optimized formulation composed of 10% polymer concentration containing Soluplus:PVA (0.33:0.66) and plasticized with 30% PEG 400 possessed the highest desirability value (0.836). Freeze-drying of the optimized formulation succeeded to improve SL in vitro dissolution due to the preparation of a more porous film compared to the non-freeze-dried one. In vivo evaluation of the optimized freeze-dried film showed high satisfaction among the participating volunteers concerning the ease of administration and sensation thereafter, where all the film specimens dissolved without the need for water and no film residues remained in the mouth following film dissolution. In conclusion, freeze-dried Soluplus®/PVA-based oral thin film proved to be a successful carrier for the oral delivery of insoluble drugs like SL for pediatrics.

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A change in the function or expression of hepatic drug transporters may have significant effect on the efficacy or safety of orally administered drugs. Although a number of clinical drug-drug interactions associated with hepatic transport proteins have been reported, in practice it is not always straightforward to discriminate other pathways (e.g. drug metabolism) from being involved in these interactions. The present study was designed to assess the interactions between organic anion transporting polypeptide (Oatp) substrates (pravastatin or repaglinide) and inhibitors (spironolactone or diphenhydramine) in vivo in rats. The mechanisms behind the interactions were then investigated using in vitro tools (isolated hepatocytes and rat liver microsomes). The results showed a significant increase in the systemic exposures of pravastatin (2.5-fold increase in AUC) and repaglinide (1.8-fold increase in AUC) after co-administration of spironolactone to rats. Diphenhydramine increased the AUC of repaglinide by 1.4-fold. The in vivo interactions observed in rats between Oatp substrates and inhibitors may a priori be classified as transport-mediated drug-drug interactions. However, mechanistic studies performed in vitro using both isolated rat hepatocytes and rat liver microsomes showed that the interaction between pravastatin and spironolactone may be solely linked to the inhibition of pravastatin uptake in liver. On the contrary, the inhibition of cytochrome P450 seemed to be the reason for the interactions observed between repaglinide and spironolactone. Although the function and structure of transport proteins may vary between rats and humans, the approach used in the present study can be applied to humans and help to understand the role of drug transport and drug metabolism in a given drug-drug interaction. This is important to predict and mitigate the risk of drug-drug interactions for a candidate drug in pre-clinical development, it is also important for the optimal design of drug-drug interactions studies in the clinic.

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The investigations showed: cardiomegaly (46.9%); ECG: repolarization disorders of the left ventricle (LV) (43.5%); echocardiographic modifications in 67.2% of cases, mainly hypertrophic cardiomyopathy with septal predominance (59.3%) and LV diastolic dysfunction. The treatment with spironolactone generated the significant decrease of the septal myocardial hypertrophy and of the tricuspidien insufficiency, with the normalization of the LV diastolic function.

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It remains unclear whether diabetes increases the risk for hepatic encephalopathy (HE) in cirrhotic patients. We examined this question using data from three randomized trials of satavaptan, a vasopressin receptor antagonist that does not affect HE risk, in cirrhotic patients with ascites.

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Patients with EF >or=45%, age >or=60 years, and either New York Heart Association (NYHA) II-IV symptoms with HF hospitalization (HFH) within 6 months or NYHA III-IV symptoms with corroborative evidence of HF or structural changes associated with HF-PEF. NT-proBNP (pg/mL) measured centrally using the Elecsys proBNP assay (Roche). Mean age 72 +/- 7 years, 60% were women, the investigator indicated HF etiology was hypertension in 64%; the majority were in NYHA III. Medications included diuretics in 82%, angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor in 26%, beta-blocker in 59%, and spironolactone in 15%. Median NT-proBNP was 341 pg/mL (interquartile range 135 to 974 pg/mL) and geometric mean was 354 pg/mL. In multivariate analysis, the baseline characteristics most strongly associated with higher NT-proBNP levels were atrial fibrillation (ratio of geometric mean 2.59, P < .001), NYHA IV symptoms (1.52, P < .001), lower estimated glomerular filtration rate (1.44, P < .001), and HFH hospitalization within 6 months (1.37, P < .001).

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A retrospective study was conducted on 119 patients, in whom functional tests, anatomic studies, and adrenocortical scintigraphy were replete. Interrelationship among these was studied. The patients tested were being treated with antihypertensive medications from several classes including angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, calcium antagonists, beta-blockers, diuretics, and spironolactone.

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Aldosterone stimulates cardiac collagen synthesis. Circulating biomarkers of collagen turnover provide a useful tool for the assessment of cardiac remodeling in patients with congestive heart failure and left ventricular systolic dysfunction after acute myocardial infarction.

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Spironolactone has been used as a potassium-sparing diuretic for more than 30 years. It is a synthetic 17-lactone steroid and primarily acts as an aldosterone antagonist. Since the accidental discovery of its antiandrogenic effects, it has been used in the treatment of many dermatologic conditions in which androgen plays a role in the pathogenesis. Antiandrogenic effects of spironolactone are exerted by reducing testosterone production and inhibiting its action on the target tissues. Spironolactone is used as a primary medical treatment for hirsutism and female pattern hair loss. Continuous treatment is required to sustain the effect. It is an effective alternative treatment for acne in women. It has the benefit of a long-term safety profile. Spironolactone should not be used in pregnancy due to its teratogenic effects and is not used in men due to the risk of feminization.

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Long-term administration of spironolactone is reported to reduce portal pressure in cirrhotic patients. We examined the effects of acute administration of canrenoate potassium, an aldosterone antagonist, on portal hemodynamics in compensated cirrhotic patients using noninvasive duplex Doppler ultrasonography.

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A negative calcium balance has previously been described in human hypertension with low levels of plasma ionized calcium (Ca2+) and an increased urinary excretion of calcium. The cause of this disturbance in mineral metabolism is not known, nor is it known if this derangement could be abolished if blood pressure is reduced by antihypertensive treatment. In the present investigation, the effects of antihypertensive monotherapy on serum and fasting urinary electrolytes were studied. For 3 to 6 months, 319 hypertensive patients entered 17 study groups, each group using one of the following antihypertensive drugs: dilevalol, metoprolol, antenolol, pindolol, propranolol, hydrochlorothiazide, bendrofluomethiazide, furosemide, spironolactone, doxazocine, prazocine, diltiazem, verapamil, nifedipine, isradipine, captopril, or lisinopril. Treatment with different beta-blockers, as well as diuretics, reduced the fasting urinary calcium excretion (P < .001). However, while the beta-blockers increased the proportion of the ionized form of calcium in blood (Ca2+) (P < .001), Ca2+ was further decreased by diuretic treatment (P < .05). Angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors caused no major changes in mineral metabolism while of the calcium antagonists studied only verapamil raised the levels of Ca2+ (P < .01). No significant relationship between the changes in mineral metabolism and the reduction in blood pressure was observed in any of the treatment groups. Of the antihypertensive drugs used in the present study, beta-blockers appeared to reverse the basic abnormality with regard to calcium balance, suggesting that the activity of the sympathetic nerve system is involved in the disturbed calcium metabolism seen in hypertensive patients.

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Detailed and critical analysis of a novel version of the "Updated Guideline for the Diagnosis and Management of Chronic Heart Failure (CHF) in the Adult" prepared by experts of American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association is given. The novel version contains somewhat modified recommendations on the management of patients with CHF. In particular this relates to the place of various classes of drugs in the treatment of CHF due to systolic left ventricular dysfunction. For the first time recommendations on the treatment of patients with CHF and normal left ventricular ejection fraction are presented in detail. Among statements of the updated guideline the following are considered controversial or deserving special discussion. Perindopril is mentioned among recommended ACE inhibitors despite the fact that it has never been studied in long term trials. Results of SENIORS trial are ignored and nebivolol is not included in the number of beta-blockers with proven efficacy. Despite multiple proofs of beneficial effects of aldosterone receptor blockers on clinical course of CHF wide use of spironolactone and eplerenone is not recommended because of multiple communications about life threatening hyperkalemia. Inherent dangers of digoxin therapy are disregarded and the use of cardiac glycosides in patients with sinus rhythm is not prohibited.

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A 5-year-old female presented with anasarca secondary to protein-losing enteropathy after fenestrated extracardiac Fontan. There was no response to digoxin, furosemide, spironolactone and captopril. She had coarctation of the aorta and left pulmonary artery stenosis resistant to multiple surgical and balloon interventions. Stent expansion of these lesions resulted in the patient's recovery from protein-losing enteropathy.

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Heart failure is unique among the major cardiovascular disorders in that it alone is increasing in prevalence while there has been a striking decrease in other conditions. Some of this can be attributed to the aging of the U.S. and European populations. The ability to salvage patients with myocardial damage is also a major factor, as these patients may develop progression of left ventricular dysfunction due to deleterious remodelling of the heart. This process involves structural and conformational changes in the heart characterized by pathological hypertrophy and fibrosis. The net effect is deterioration in cardiac function and the onset of heart failure. Neurohormonal activation is known to be a major factor in promoting cardiac remodelling. Increased neurohormone levels systemically and within the heart lead to increased load on the heart. Many neurohormones involved also directly act as growth factors on cardiac myocytes and fibroblasts. Due to its central role in remodelling, neurohormonal activation has emerged as an inviting target for therapeutic interventions. The use of agents to block the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone and sympathetic nervous systems has been shown to inhibit (and sometimes even reverse) cardiac remodelling and to improve the clinical course of patients with cardiac dysfunction. Neurohormonal activation is known to be widespread and there is evidence that additional agents such as endothelin and tumour necrosis factor-alpha (TNFalpha) may be involved in the remodelling process. Clinical trials evaluating the effects of blocking these agents are currently under way and should soon provide important information about therapy.

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Human synovial fibroblasts were isolated from OA patients during knee replacement surgery. Then, the cells were treated with a glucocorticoid (prednisolone), a mineralocorticoid (aldosterone), a glucocorticoid receptor (GR) antagonist (mifepristone), a selective glucocorticoid receptor agonist (Compound A), mineralocorticoid receptor (MR) antagonists (eplerenone and spironolactone), TNF-α or transforming growth factor (TGF)-β. Cells were transfected with shRNA lentiviruses for the silencing of GILZ and GR. The leptin, IL-6, IL-8 and matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-1 levels were measured by ELISA. Leptin, the leptin receptor (Ob-R), GR and GILZ expression levels were analyzed by western blotting and/or RT-qPCR.

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The ability of a series of 15,16-methylene-spirolactones in comparison to known antimineralocorticoids to inhibit the renal actions of aldosterone was tested in adrenalectomized, glucocorticoid-treated rats. The standard procedure involved continuous i.v. infusion with an isotonic solution of low sodium content (0.05% NaCl + 5.2% glucose, 3 ml/rat/h) supplemented with d-aldosterone [1 micrograms/(kg X h)] resulting in a long-lasting reduction of renal sodium excretion, increase of renal potassium excretion and hence decrease of the urinary Na/K-ratio. In some experiments sodium input was increased (0.2% NaCl + 4.3% glucose or 0.9% NaCl, respectively). The test drugs either were administered orally 1 h before start of the infusion or were added to the infused solution. With the exception of two steroids which could only be tested at single doses, all compounds were administered at three doses ranging from 2.2 to 40 mg/kg (p.o.) or from 0.83 to 6.7 mg/kg/h (i.v.). Spironolactone or spirorenone (oral administration) and potassium canrenoate (i.v. infusion) served as reference compounds. The antimineralocorticoid activity of the steroids was judged by the increase in the aldosterone-lowered Na/K-ratio in urine which was collected at hourly intervals for 15 or 21 h, respectively. Adrenalectomized, glucocorticoid-treated rats receiving an i.v. infusion without aldosterone were used as controls. To obtain preliminary information on potential antiandrogenic and progestogenic (side-)effects, binding of the test-compounds to androgen receptors (rat prostate cytosol) and progestogen receptors (rabbit uterus cytosol) was measured in vitro using 3H-dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and 3H-progesterone (prog.) as tracer and unlabelled DHT and prog. as references. All steroids tested exhibited antimineralocorticoid activity. For compounds tested at three doses levels the potency relative to the standard used was evaluated using regression analysis based on the Na/K-ratio or the log (Na X 100)/K-ratio. The relative potency of the other compounds was estimated by comparing the biological effect of single doses of test drug and standard drug, respectively, using nonparametric statistical tests.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 400 WORDS)

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The treatment of chronic heart failure has made remarkable progress over the past ten years. Recent advances in our understanding of the pathophysiologic mechanisms involved in heart failure syndrome have led to changes in our approach to the treatment of children. The goals of the therapy have shifted from purely hemodynamic manipulation to a combination of hemodynamic and neurohumoral modulation. As for adults, three therapeutic classes have recently emerged: conversion enzyme inhibitors, spironolactone and beta-blockers. Pediatricians know that a child is not a small adult and we have to think about heart failure on the basis of etiology, the age of the patient, and circulatory physiology and maturation.

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A 19-month-old boy presented with failure to thrive and polydipsia. Low-renin hypertension was diagnosed by the presence of hypertension, hypokalaemic alkalosis, suppressed plasma renin activity and low plasma aldosterone. Plasma levels and urinary excretion of other mineralocorticoids and glucocorticosteroids were low or normal. Urinary tetrahydrocortisol (THF) was increased relative to tetrahydrocortisone (THE) and also the plasma cortisol to cortisone ratio was elevated. These findings are suggestive of a decreased activity of cortisol-11 beta-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase. Hypertension and hypokalaemia were not influenced by spironolactone and dexamethasone. Triamterene normalised serum potassium, but addition of furosemide was required for lowering blood pressure. With this treatment catch-up growth was observed.

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V79 Chinese hamster cells are being genetically engineered to express human mitochondrial cytochromes P450 as an analytical tool for studying adrenal steroid synthesis. Here, a V79 derived cell line is presented expressing the enzymatically active human cytochrome P45011B1 (CYP11B1) in a stable and constitutive manner. Full length CYP11B1 cDNA was obtained from surgically removed normal adrenal gland by polymerase chain reaction. The cDNA was recombined with a SV40 early promoter containing plasmid for stable integration and expression in V79 cells upon gene transfer. The presence of the human CYP11B1 cDNA in the genome of the transfected cells was confirmed by Southern analysis. CYP11B1 cDNA directed expression was detected by Northern analysis. CYP11B1 dependent hydroxylation of deoxycorticosterone and 11-deoxycortisol was measured by HPLC analysis. Interestingly, the nonsteroidogenic lung fibroblast derived V79 Chinese hamster cell line was able to support human CYP11B1 mediated steroid hydroxylation without simultaneous heterologous expression of the human electron transfer system, adrenodoxin, and adrenodoxin reductase. CYP11B1 inhibitory potency of metyrapone, spironolactone, and the azole derivatives ketoconazole, clotrimazole, miconazole, and fluconazole was measured using the newly established V79MZh11B1 cell line. Thus, beside steroid metabolism studies in general, this cell line may also serve as an in vitro tool for monitoring the interference of drugs with 11 beta-hydroxylase activity.

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The hemodynamic and the endocrine disturbances in congestive heart failure (CHF) impose major changes in electrolyte balance with a retention of sodium and concomitant losses of potassium and magnesium from the body. These changes are of great importance for the development of cardiac dysrhythmias, a diminished glucose tolerance and for the well-being of the patient. The use of conventional diuretics imposes further burdens on the already deranged electrolyte balance. On long-term therapy with conventional diuretics in CHF we observed that approximately 50% of the 297 patients studied had potassium and magnesium deficiencies and an increased sodium content as judged by skeletal muscle biopsies. The magnesium deficiency is especially dangerous since it prevents the cells from keeping their high intracellular potassium concentration unchanged. Potassium substitution is without effect in a magnesium deficiency since magnesium is necessary for the transportation of potassium over the cell membrane against the concentration gradient. In case of magnesium depletion, potassium substitution may even have negative effects on the body potassium content. The reason for this is probably the increase of p-potassium concentration induced by the substitution, leading to an increase of aldosterone secretion. An increase of p-potassium levels by 0.2-0.4 mmol/l may thus result in a 50-100% rise in p-aldosterone concentration. These changes promote further urinary losses of potassium and magnesium. Several studies have demonstrated the positive effects of the potassium-sparing diuretics amiloride, spironolactone and triamterene on p-potassium concentration, but also on the body potassium content.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

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The purpose of this review is to explain the rationale and limitations for use of mineralocorticoid receptor blockers (MRBs) for the treatment of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and its complications.

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The use of spironolactone in the treatment of hypertension has been limited by the occurrence of sexual side effects, mainly menstrual disturbances in women and gynaecomastia in men. In order to minimize this limitation on the use of an effective potassium-sparing antihypertensive agent, two strategies can be proposed: (1) A decrease in the daily dose of spironolactone. In 182 patients with essential hypertension treated with spironolactone alone for a mean follow-up period of 23 months, daily doses of 75-100 mg were as effective on blood pressure as doses of 150-300 mg. In contrast, the development of gynaecomastia--91 cases among 699 men--was dose-related in 6.9% (50 mg/day) to 52.2% (150 mg or more/day) of the cases. (2) An improvement in the receptor-binding specificity of spironolactone. Three 9 alpha, 11 alpha-epoxy derivatives have been characterized in vitro in rats and in rabbits. They exhibited a 3- to 10-fold decrease of the antiandrogenic and progestagenic effect, compared with spironolactone. In humans, one of these derivatives counteracted the fall in urinary Na/K ratio induced by 9 alpha-fluorohydrocortisone at a 25 mg dose.

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The effect of spirolactones on the urinary excretion of individual 17-oxosteroids and of pregnanediol in man was investigated under various conditions. After purification by thin-layer chromatography, the 17-oxosteroids and pregnanediol were determined by gas chromatography. Eleven male subjects (age 21-34 years) received a daily dose of 200 mg spironolactone (Aldactone) orally on seven consecutive days. Five female subjects (age 20-35 years) and ten pregnant women (age 20-35 years; 28th.-39th. week of gestation) were given a daily intravenous injection of 600 mg potassium canrenoate (Aldactone pro injectione) on three consecutive days. In the male subjects, the excretion of individual 17-oxosteroids and of pregnanediol was significantly reduced during administration of spironolactone. In the nonpregnant female subjects, the excretion of etiocholanolone and dehydroepiandrosterone was diminished, whereas in the pregnant women, the excretion of pregnanediol and dehydroepiandrosterone was decreased during treatment with potassium canrenoate. These results suggest that the reduced urinary excretion of steroids may be due to an inhibition of steroid metabolising enzymes by spirolactones. It seems likely that spirolactones affect the enzymatic conversion fo cholesterol to pregnenolone.

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Spironolactone (SL) increases the glucuronidation rate of several compounds. We analyzed the molecular basis of changes occurring in major rat liver UDP-glucuronosyltransferase (UGT) family 1 isoforms and in UGT2B1, a aldactone buy relevant isoform of family 2, in response to SL. UGT activity toward bilirubin, ethynylestradiol and p-nitrophenol was assayed in native and activated microsomes. Protein and mRNA levels were determined by Western and Northern blotting. The lipid composition and physicochemical properties of the microsomal membrane were also analyzed. Glucuronidation rates of bilirubin and ethynylestradiol (at both 3-OH and 17 beta-OH positions), determined in UDP-N-acetylglucosamine-activated membranes, were increased in SL group. Western blot analysis revealed increased levels of UGT1A1 and 1A5 (bilirubin and 3-OH ethynylestradiol conjugation), and 2B1 (17 beta-OH ethynylestradiol conjugation). Northern blot studies suggested transcriptional regulation by the steroid. Analysis of UGT activity in native vs. alamethicin-activated microsomes indicated increased latency, which was not associated to changes in physicochemical properties of the microsomal membrane. p-Nitrophenol glucuronidation rate and mRNA and protein levels of UGT1A6, the main isoform conjugating planar phenols, were not affected by the inducer. The data suggest transcriptional regulation of specific isoforms of hepatic UGT by SL, thus explaining previously reported increases in UGT activity toward selective substrates.

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The prevalence of primary hyperaldosteronism (PHA) in the hypertensive population has increased in recent years. Glucocorticoid-remediable aldosteronism (GRA) is a rare monogenic form of PHA. Here we report a German family with GRA. Since Avodart Generic Drug the phenotype of GRA varies widely, we asked whether recommended algorithms for PHA diagnosis distinguish GRA from other forms of PHA.

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Production of prostaglandins involved in renal salt and water homeostasis is modulated by regulated expression of the inducible form of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) at restricted sites in the rat renal cortex. Because inflammatory COX-2 is suppressed by glucocorticoids, and prostaglandin levels in the kidney are sensitive to steroids, the sensitivity of COX expression to adrenalectomy (ADX) was investigated. By 2 weeks after ADX in mature rats, cortical COX-2 immunoreactivity increased 10-fold in the cortical thick ascending limb and macula densa. The constitutive isoform, COX-1, was unchanged. The magnitude of the changes and specificity of COX-2 immunoreactivity were validated by in situ hybridization histochemistry of COX-2 mRNA and Western blot analysis. Increased COX-2 activity (>5-fold) was documented by using a specific COX-2 inhibitor. The COX-2 up-regulation in ADX rats was reversed by replacement therapy with either corticosterone or deoxycorticosterone acetate. In normal rats, inhibition of glucocorticoid receptors with RU486 or mineralocorticoid receptors with spironolactone caused up-regulation of renal cortical COX-2. These results indicate that COX-2 expression in situ is Zanaflex Tabs tonically inhibited by adrenal steroids, and COX-2 is regulated by mineralocorticoids as well as glucocorticoids.

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(a) To compare drug sales, number of written prescriptions, and monthly treatment costs among Famvir Tab 250mg 5 classes of antihypertensive drugs and (b) to analyze diuretic drug sales and prescriptions to determine whether these antihypertensive agents represent an established technological trajectory.

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Time-related changes in plasma levels of aldosterone, deoxycorticosterone, corticosterone, and cortisol were studied during treatment with spironolactone in 8 patients with primary aldosteronism due to adenomas. Plasma renin activity (PRA), serum sodium and serum potassium were also measured. The patients were treated with spironolactone, 75 to 225 mg daily, and blood samples were withdrawn on days 7, 14, and 21 to 28 of drug administration. Plasma aldosterone concentrations (PAC) were not altered by spironolactone; however, significant increases were observed in plasma deoxycorticosterone on days 21 to 28 and in plasma corticosterone and cortisol on days 14 and 21 to 28. The suppressed Kemadrin Dosage PRA values were markedly increased on days 21 to 28 and low levels of serum potassium returned to the normal range on day 7. The lack of increase in PAC, despite a remarkable rise in PRA and serum potassium, suggests biosynthetic inhibition of spironolactone at the sites of 18-hydroxylation and/or 18-oxidation, because of the elevation of deoxycorticosterone and corticosterone.

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In the treatment of moderate ascites, spironolactone alone seems to be as safe and effective as spironolactone associated with Imitrex Online furosemide. Since spironolactone alone requires less dose adjustment, it would be more suitable for treating ascites on an outpatient basis.

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To analyze the clinical and Generic Accutane Names laboratory characteristics of Gitelman syndrome.

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A 51-year-old woman with a 20-year history of severe hypertension and target organ damage had nondiuretic hypokalemia, kaluresis, suppressed plasma renin activity and elevated urinary excretion of aldosterone. Renal arteriography demonstrated Geodon Dose Range unilateral renal artery stenosis secondary to fibromuscular hyperplasia. Blood pressure responded only minimally to almost all antihypertensive agents. Spironolactone, 300 to 400 mg/d, produced distinct improvement in blood pressure, which was maintained for 13 months.

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Eplerenone reduces mortality compared with current treatment alone in patients with post-MI heart failure, at additional cost. Direct comparative evidence is needed to assess its efficacy versus spironolactone. It may be valuable in patients who are intolerant to the hormonal side Zyrtec D Dosage effects of spironolactone.

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This research suggests that the use of a whole tablet instead of a divided tablet in the manual preparation of medication dosage forms for neonates is the most appropriate approach Aggrenox Medication .

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Torasemide is a long-acting loop diuretic that combines the effects of both furosemide and spironolactone. It has been reported that torasemide may block the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system and therefore it might attenuate myocardial remodeling accompanied by left ventricular dysfunction. However, nothing is known about the effect of torasemide on myocardial remodeling in a rat model in which myosin-induced Hytrin Bph Dose experimental autoimmune myocarditis might develop into dilated cardiomyopathy. Experimental autoimmune myocarditis was elicited in Lewis rats by immunization with porcine cardiac myosin. Twenty-eight days after immunization, we investigated the effects of torasemide on metabolic and neurohumoral parameters, cardiac fibrosis and remodeling in experimental autoimmune myocarditis rats. Diuresis was increased dose-dependently by torasemide; the urinary potassium and sodium excretion was significantly decreased and increased, respectively. Myocardial functional parameters measured by hemodynamic and echocardiographic studies were significantly improved by torasemide treatment in a dose-dependent manner. The area of fibrosis, myocyte size and the myocardial protein levels of transforming growth factor-beta1, collagen III, and aldosterone synthase were significantly decreased, and the sarcoplasmic reticulum Ca2+ ATPase2 protein level was significantly increased by torasemide treatment. Moreover, the plasma levels of angiotensin II and aldosterone were increased and atrial natriuretic peptide was decreased in a dose-dependent manner. Our results indicate that torasemide treatment significantly improved left ventricular function and ameliorated the progression of cardiac remodeling beyond its renal effects in rats with chronic heart failure after experimental autoimmune myocarditis.

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Pathological changes in the myocardium in idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) are usually studied using endomyocardial biopsy specimens, but the relationship between pathological changes in the myocardium and clinical findings is unclear. The goal of the study was to examine correlations between clinical findings and histopathological Buy Prednisone Online findings in specimens of the left ventricular myocardium collected during left ventriculoplasty in DCM patients.

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Information from a comprehensive drug surveillance programme has been reviewed to give details of the frequency of drug-related hypo- and hyperkalaemia in a group of 3879 patients admitted to hospital with cardiac failure. Hypokalaemia was commoner in females, was unrelated to blood area concentration on admission and was twice as common amongst recipients of potassium-losing diuretics who did not take potassium supplements than amongst those who received potassium retaining diuretics. By contrast hyperkalaemia was strongly related to blood urea concentration on admission. It was also related to in-hospital diuretic therapy; being thrice as frequent amongst recipients of aldosterone antagonists than amongst those receiving potassium-losing diuretics without additional supplements. Life-threatening hypo- and hyper-kalaemia were rare in this group of patients with heart failure, occurring with approximately equal frequencies of about 2 per 1000 patients treated.

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Eighteen male calves 8-30 days of age were used to evaluate the efficacy of 3 methods of fluid therapy after induction of osmotic diarrhea and dehydration. The diarrhea and dehydration were induced by administration of saccharose, spironolactone, and hydrochlorothiazide for 48 hours. The animals were randomly divided into 3 experimental groups: Group 1: 7.2% hypertonic saline solution-HSS (5 mL/kg IV); Group 2: oral isotonic electrolyte solution IES (60 mL/kg PO); or Group 3: HSS+IES. Clinical signs and laboratory finding observed 48 hours post-induction (Time 0) included diarrhea, dehydration, lethargy, and metabolic acidosis.

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The effects of equimolar doses of imipramine (IP) and three catatoxic steroids, pregnenolone-16alpha-carbonitrile (PCN), spironolactone (SNL) and dexamethasone (DEXA), on hepatic mixed-function oxidases were investigated in female rats. Liver weight and N-demethylation of IP and amitriptyline (AMI) were significantly increased by 3 days of catatoxic steroid pretreatment. Repeated prior administration of IP enhanced N-demethylase activity and 9000g supernate protein, but diminished hepatic weight.

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Canrenone, a spironolactone metabolite, was tested for its possible effects on (Na+-K+) adenosine triphosphatase (ATPase) activity [Mg++-dependent, (Na+-K+)-activated ATP phosphohydrolase (E.C.3.6.1.3) and ouabain interaction with the enzyme. Canrenone competitively antagonized the binding of [3H]ouabain to (Na+-K+)ATPase and inhibited (Na+-K+)ATPase activity. The multiple inhibition technique was used to demonstrate that canrenone is a partial inhibitor of (Na+-K+)ATPase, mutually exclusive with respect to ouabain. Comparative studies of the effects of ouabain and canrenone on potassium-dependent p-nitrophenylphosphatase activity (E.C.9.6.1.7) and potassium activation of (Na+-K+)ATPase confirmed that ouabain and canrenone interacted with the same receptor site. The finding that canrenone is a partial agonist may explain the results of previous in vivo studies showing that spironolactone and the allied drug to potassium conrenoate have either a positive inotropic action or an antagonistic effect against digitalis toxicity.

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Twenty nonazotemic cirrhotic patients with ascites were treated with furosemide and spironolactone. Of them, 10 (group 1) discontinued diuretic treatment for 7 days. Thereafter for 5 days, each patient received subcutaneous octreotide, 300 microg twice per day; ten of them (group 2) received the octreotide in addition to their usual diuretic treatment. Portal and systemic hemodynamics with Doppler ultrasound and endogenous vasoactive systems were evaluated while the patients received diuretics (both groups), after discontinuation of diuretics (group 1), and after octreotide administration (both groups).

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Although it is known that glucocorticoids induce differentiation of growth hormone (GH)-producing cells in rodents and birds, the effect of mineralocorticoids on GH mRNA expression and the origin of corticosteroids affecting somatotrope differentiation have not been elucidated. In this study, we therefore carried out experiments to determine the effect of mineralocorticoids on GH mRNA expression in the chicken anterior pituitary gland in vitro and to determine whether corticosteroids are synthesized in the chicken embryonic pituitary gland. In a pituitary culture experiment with E11 embryos, both corticosterone and aldosterone stimulated GH mRNA expression and increased the number of GH cells in both lobes of the pituitary gland in a dose-dependent manner. These effects of the corticosteroids were significantly reversed by pretreatment with mifepristone, a glucocorticoid receptor (GR) antagonist, or spironolactone, a mineralocorticoid receptor (MR) antagonist. Interestingly, an in vitro serum-free culture experiment with an E11 pituitary gland showed that the GH mRNA level spontaneously increased during cultivation for 2 days without any extra stimulation, and this increase in GH mRNA level was completely suppressed by metyrapone, a corticosterone-producing enzyme P450C11 inhibitor. Moreover, progesterone, the corticosterone precursor, also stimulated GH mRNA expression in the cultured chicken pituitary gland, and this effect was blocked by pretreatment with metyrapone. We also detected mRNA expression of enzymes of cytochrome P450 cholesterol side chain cleavage (P450scc) and 3beta-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase1 (3beta-HSD1) in the developmental chicken pituitary gland from E14 and E18, respectively. These results suggest that mineralocorticoids as well as glucocorticoids can stimulate GH mRNA expression and that corticosteroids generated in the embryonic pituitary gland by intrinsic steroidogenic enzymes stimulate somatotrope differentiation.

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An 82-year-old patient had bullous erythematous lesions on the left thigh suggestive of pemphigoid. Histology and direct cutaneous immunofluorescence confirmed the diagnosis. The patient had been taking alimemazine, adrafinil, flunarizine, spironolactone and furosemide as long-term treatment. Spironolactone alone was withdrawn. The cutaneous lesions regressed and have not recurred during the 18-month follow-up.

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Two patients with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia and the nephrotic syndrome are described in whom deposits were shown in renal glomerular basement membranes in a pattern suggesting immune-complex glomerulonephritis. This renal lesion has been described in one case of squamous carcinoma of the bronchus, in one case of Burkitt's lymphoma, and in three cases of Hodgkin's disease though not previously in chronic lymphocytic leukaemia. Immune-complex glomerulonephritis is, however, a recognized finding in mice infected with leukaemogenic viruses

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Galectin-3 is a mediocre prognostic marker, and galectin-3 concentrations interact with the treatment effect of β-blockers and possibly RAS blockade in patients with systolic HF.

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In animal experiments marked and characteristic changes of lymphocytes could be observed with electronmicroscopic methods due to aldosterone and potassium canrenoate. These results may be a further reference to an immunosuppressive effect of aldosterone and spirolactone derivates. The electronmicroscopic study of thoracic duct cells of a patient suffering from multiple sclerosis and treated with aldosterone and potassium canrenoate showed changes of the morphological structure of small lymphocytes, which was interpreted with a lymphoclastic effect of this substances on lymphocytes.

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The effect of aldosterone and antimineralocorticoids on the intracellular localization of human mineralocorticosteroid receptor (hMR) was studied using a new monoclonal anti-peptide antibody FD4. This antibody was directed against the peptide hMR-(412-422). As demonstrated by ultracentrifugation analysis, immunoprecipitation assays and Western blot, FD4 recognized both the native and denatured form of the receptor overexpressed in the baculovirus expression system. In whole-cell assays, the amount of hMR recovered in high-salt extracts was significantly lower after exposure to the antimineralocorticoid ZK91587 than to aldosterone, suggesting a lack of nuclear MR translocation. FD4 was also used for immunohistochemical studies on hMR-expressing High Five cells. In the absence of hormone, immunoreactive hMR was detected almost exclusively in the cytoplasmic compartment of cells. After aldosterone exposure, intense nuclear immunostaining appeared in a time-dependent manner, consistent with stable nuclear localization of the receptor. Immunohistochemistry showed that antimineralocorticosteroids (ZK91587, SC9420, 18-vinylprogesterone) predominantly maintained a cytoplasmic distribution of hMR and inhibited its aldosterone-dependent nuclear localization. Thus, in our model, the nuclear/cytoplasmic partition of hMR is drastically different in the presence of antagonists from that in the presence of aldosterone. This phenomenon may contribute to their mechanism of action by preventing productive interaction of antagonist-receptor complex with specific DNA sequences in aldosterone target cells.

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Vascular calcification (VC) is a critical complication in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). The effects of spironolactone (SPL), a mineralocorticoid receptor (MR) antagonist, on VC have not been fully investigated in CKD. The present in vivo study determined the protective effects of SPL on VC in CKD rats. Rats were divided into a control group and four groups of rats with adenine-induced CKD. Three groups were treated with 0, 50, and 100 mg·kg(-1)·day(-1) SPL for 8 wk, and one group was treated with 100 mg·kg(-1)·day(-1) SPL for the last 2 wk of the 8-wk treatment period. After 8 wk, CKD rats developed azotemia and hyperphosphatemia, with increases in the expression of serum and glucocorticoid-regulated kinase-1 and sodium-phosphate cotransporter, in inflammation and oxidative stress level, in osteogenic signaling and apoptosis, and in aortic calcification, compared with control rats. SPL dose dependently decreased these changes in the aortas, concomitant with improvements in renal inflammation, tubulointerstitial nephritis, and kidney function. SPL neither lowered blood pressure level nor induced hyperkalemia. Treatment of CKD rats for the last 2 wk with 100 mg·kg(-1)·day(-1) SPL attenuated VC compared with CKD rats with the same degree of kidney function and hyperphosphatemia. In conclusion, SPL dose dependently inhibits the progression of VC by suppressing MR signaling, local inflammation, osteogenic transition, and apoptosis in the aortas of CKD rats.

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This review highlights clinically important findings about acne treatment identified in nine systematic reviews published or indexed in the period March 2009 to February 2010. A systematic review of dietary influences on acne suggested that a possible role of dietary factors in acne cannot be dismissed, as the studies to date have not been sufficiently large or robust. Another review looked at benzoyl peroxide, which may be enjoying a comeback because of increasing bacterial resistance to antibiotics, and suggested that there was a lack of evidence that stronger preparations were more effective than weaker ones. The same team also carried out a systematic review addressing the question of whether topical retinoids cause an initial worsening of acne. They found no evidence to suggest initial worsening of acne severity, although there was evidence of skin irritation that typically settled by 8-12 weeks. A review of oral isotretinoin and psychiatric side-effects reinforced a possible link between the two, although it pointed out that the better-quality primary studies were still inconclusive. An updated Cochrane Review confirmed the efficacy of combined oral contraceptives (COCs) in reducing acne lesion counts. It also found that the evidence to support COCs containing cyproterone acetate over others was very limited. Another Cochrane Review failed to show any benefit of spironolactone for acne, based on limited studies. Three reviews examined laser and light therapies, and found some evidence of superiority only for blue or blue/red light treatment over placebo light, but a general absence of comparisons against other acne treatments. Photodynamic therapy had consistent benefits over placebo but was associated with significant side-effects and was not shown to be better than topical adapalene.

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When 20 mg/day carvedilol plus 25 mg/day spironolactone plus 5 mg/day enalapril maleate (enalapril, group A) or 8 mg/day candesartan cilexetil (candesartan, group B) plus 40 mg/day furosemide were used concomitantly, the mean serum potassium increased significantly in both groups of patients. Seven of 59 (11.9%) patients had hyperkalemia (>5.5 mEq/L) during 12 months of treatment whereas 8.5% of patients (five of 59) had hypokalemia (< or =3.5 mEq/L).

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A cross-sectional study of residents in assisted living facilities in Helsinki, Finland.

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Urinary excretions and serum levels of potassium, sodium, creatinine, osmoles were determined; specific renal functions, glomerular filtration rate (GFR) fractional excretion of potassium (FE(K)), transtubular potassium gradient (TTKG) and free water reabsorption (TcH2O) were calculated. Nine different intervention-induced changes were followed daily: furosemide (FSD) alone, FSD with chlorthalidone (CTN), "low dose" and "high dose" potassium sparing drugs (PSD), FSD with CTN and "low dose" or "high dose" PSD, and "no drug" as well as "postdiuretic" periods with or without PSD.

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Evidence suggests that spironolactone, an aldosterone antagonist, has effects on many cell types independent of its binding to cytosolic mineralocorticoid receptors. We tested the effects of spironolactone on ex vivo-activated human blood leucocytes using gene expression analyses (GeneChip, 12,000 genes) and enzyme immunoassay for quantitating secreted pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines. Furthermore, to evaluate the safety and efficacy of spironolactone as an anti-inflammatory drug 21 patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) or other arthritides were treated for up to 22 months with 1-3 mg/kg/day. Spironolactone, at in vivo attainable doses, markedly suppressed transcription of several proinflammatory cytokines and, accordingly, inhibited release of tumour necrosis factor, lymphotoxin, interferon-gamma, granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor and interleukin 6 (70-90% inhibition). Release of these cytokines was also suppressed when testing whole blood from RA patients receiving 50 mg spironolactone twice daily, indicating that pharmaceutical use of the drug may suppress the release of inflammatory cytokines. Spironolactone therapy was generally well tolerated, although treatment had to be stopped in two adults on concomitant methotrexate therapy. Sixteen patients (76%) responded favourably. American College of Rheumatology criteria (ACR)20 or better was achieved in six of nine RA patients; four reached ACR70. Eight of nine JIA patients improved. In conclusion, spironolactone inhibits production of several proinflammatory cytokines considered to be of pathogenic importance in many immunoinflammatory diseases and shows positive effect in patients with chronic arthritis. Its effect as an anti-inflammatory drug should be explored, because prolonged spironolactone therapy is reasonably safe and economically attractive compared with many modern anti-inflammatory therapies.

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Thirty male Wistar rats were divided into six groups: sedentary, trained, ND-treated, trained and ND-treated, trained and treated with both ND and spironolactone, and trained and treated with both ND and losartan. ND (10 mg kg(-1) weekly) and the antagonists (20 mg kg(-1) daily) of the angiotensin II AT1 (losartan) and aldosterone (spironolactone) receptors were administered for 8 weeks. Exercise training was performed using a treadmill five times each week for 8 weeks. Following this 8-week training and treatment period, electrocardiogram recordings were obtained to determine the time and frequency domains of heart rate variability (HRV) and corrected QT interval (QTc).

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Ascites is the most common complication of cirrhosis and occurs in more than half of all patients with cirrhosis. The development of ascites indicates progression of the underlying cirrhosis and is associated with a 50% 2-year survival rate. Conventional therapies used for the treatment of ascites include sodium restriction (<88 mmol/d), diuretics, and large volume paracentesis (LVP) (>5 L). The most effective diuretic combination is that of a potassium-sparing, distal-acting diuretic (eg, spironolactone) with a loop diuretic (eg, furosemide). LVP provides rapid resolution of symptoms with minimal complications and is well tolerated by most patients. Post-paracentesis circulatory dysfunction (PPCD) may occur after LVP and is characterized by hyponatremia, azotemia, and an increase in plasma renin activity. PPCD is associated with an increased mortality and may be prevented by administration of albumin intravenously (6 to 8 g/L of ascites removed) along with LVP. The development of either diuretic-resistant or diuretic-intractable ascites occurs in approximately 5% to 10 % of all cases of ascites. This is a poor prognostic sign, as 50% of such patients die within 6 months of its development. The only definitive therapy for refractory ascites with cirrhosis is orthotopic liver transplantation. The other options that are available include LVP, peritoneovenous shunts, and transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunts (TIPS). The TIPS procedure has not been shown to have any influence on survival in patients with cirrhosis and refractory ascites, and TIPS is contraindicated in patients who have advanced liver failure because it can hasten death in such individuals. Peritoneovenous shunts are associated with a high incidence of complications and frequent occlusion. They are, therefore, rarely used for refractory ascites. Spontaneous bacterial peritonitis (SBP) is a common complication of cirrhotic ascites. It may precipitate hepatorenal syndrome. The overall mortality rate from an episode of SBP is approximately 20%. Following an episode of SBP, the 1-year mortality rate approaches 70%. Hospitalized patients should be treated with intravenous third-generation cephalosporins (eg, cefotaxime), and patients at risk should receive prophylaxis with either orally administered quinolones (eg, norfloxacin) or cotrimoxazole.

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Many of the non-toxic compounds identified in this screen as inhibitors of microglia, including spironolactone, may be explored as viable therapeutic options in MS.

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To improve the management of resistant hypertension, the French Society of Hypertension, an affiliate of the French Society of Cardiology, has published a set of eleven recommendations. The primary objective is to provide the most up-to-date information based on the strongest scientific rationale and that is easily applicable to daily clinical practice. Resistant hypertension is defined as uncontrolled blood pressure on office measurements and confirmed by out-of-office measurements despite a therapeutic strategy comprising appropriate lifestyle and dietary measures and the concurrent use of three antihypertensive agents including a thiazide diuretic, a renin-angiotensin system blocker (ARB or ACEI) and a calcium channel blocker, for at least 4 weeks, at optimal doses. Treatment compliance must be closely monitored, as must factors that are likely to affect treatment resistance (excessive dietary salt intake, alcohol, depression, drug interactions and vasopressor drugs). If the diagnosis of resistant hypertension is confirmed, the patient should be referred to a hypertension specialist to screen for potential target organ damage and secondary causes of hypertension. The recommended treatment regimen is a combination therapy comprising four treatment classes, including spironolactone (12.5-25 mg per day). In the event of a contraindication or a non-response to spironolactone, or if adverse effects occur, a β-blocker, an α-blocker, or a centrally acting antihypertensive drug should be prescribed. Because renal denervation is still undergoing assessment for the treatment of hypertension, this technique should only be prescribed by a specialist hypertension clinic.