Inspra

Generic Name: Eplerenone

  • What is Inspra?

    Inspra is used to treat people who develop congestive heart failure after a heart attack. Inspra is also used to treat high blood pressure, whether taken alone or with other medicines.
  • What is the most important information I should know about Inspra?

    Inspra may increase potassium in the blood (hyperkalemia), which may lead to serious and life-threatening heart problems such as an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia).
  • Who should not take Inspra?

    Do not take Inspra if you are allergic to any of its ingredients, have kidney problems, high blood potassium levels, diabetes, or if you are taking certain kinds of medicines for fungal infections, depression, or HIV/AIDS.
  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Inspra?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Inspra. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have kidney problems or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: The usual starting dosage of Inspra is 25 mg daily. Over 4 weeks, the dosage should be increased to a maximum of 50 mg daily.

  • How should I take Inspra?

    Take Inspra at the same time everyday, with or without food.
  • What should I avoid while taking Inspra?

    Avoid taking potassium pills or diuretics (water pills).
  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Inspra?

    If Inspra is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Inspra with the following: clarithromycin, itraconazole, ketoconazole, nefazodone, nelfinavir, ritonavir, and troleandomycin.
  • What are the possible side effects of Inspra?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: cough, diarrhea, dizziness, flulike symptoms, drowsiness

  • Can I receive Inspra if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Inspra during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Inspra?

    If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is close to your next dose, skip it and continue on your normal medication schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
  • How should I store Inspra?

    Store at room temperature.