Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A drug, C24H30O6, that blocks aldosterone receptors and is used to treat hypertension and congestive heart failure.

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  • noun An aldosterone antagonist used as an adjunct in the management of chronic heart failure.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[ep(oxy) + perhaps (e)le(ven) (one of the positions to which the oxygen atom is attached to form the epoxide) + (t)r(i)enone, compound containing three double bonds and an attached oxygen.]

Examples

  • An old drug called spironolactone and a newer one called eplerenone can lower mortality for patients with severe heart failure, but they can also cause dangerous elevations in potassium levels.

    BEST TREATMENTS: MANAGING HEART FAILURE

  • According to Healthline. com, "This medicine may also interact with the following medications: antacids containing aluminum, magnesium, or calcium; aspirin and aspirin-like medicines; cyclosporine; diuretics; eplerenone; medicines for blood pressure like captopril, enalapril, lisinopril; potassium supplements, salt substitutes, or low-salt milk; vitamin D supplements."

    eHow - Health How To's

  • The two aldosterone antagonists currently licensed for commercial use in the U. S are spironolactone and eplerenone.

    WSBTV.com - Local News

  • The ongoing studies, are TOPCAT comparing spironolactone (45mg) versus placebo in 4500 patients with mild HF (NYHA II, EF > 45%) and preserved LV function; and EMPHASIS HF, looking at use of the aldosterone antagonist eplerenone in patients with mild heart failure (NYHA II, Ejection Fraction < 30%) and systolic dysfunction.

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  • Aldosterone antagonists: This category, which includes spironolactone and eplerenone, removes sodium and water from the bloodstream.

    Medindia Health News

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