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Triamterene

INFORMATION

Uses

Triamterene is used in the treatment of increased blood pressure , heart failure, cirrhosis and low potassium.

How it works

Triamterene lowers blood pressure and swelling by increasing the amount of urine, which removes extra water and certain electrolytes from the body. Triamterene does this without loss of potassium from the body.

Common side effects

Acne-like rash, Bruise, Bleeding, Heart rate irregular, Bradycardia, Decreased blood pressure, Dry mouth, Difficulty in swalloing, Shortness of breath, Dizziness, Headache, Influenza like symptoms, Loss of appetite, Muscle weakness, Sore throat, Stomach upset, Vomiting, Diarrhoea

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Expert advice

  • Do not take the triamterene if you are allergic to it or to any other content in the medicine or to sulfonamide class of drugs.
  • Do not take the triamterene if you have serious liver or kidney disorder; Addison’s disease; high levels of potassium in your blood (hyperkalemia); diabetes mellitus, excess uric acid in the body (gout) or deficiency of folic acid.
  • Do not start or continue triamterene if you have enlarged prostate or difficulty in passing urine.
  • Avoid using triamterene if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant or breast-feeding a baby.

Frequently asked questions

Triamterene

Q.Is triamterene beta-blocker/ACE inhibitor/sulfa drug/ calcium-channel blocker/ blood thinner /thiazide diuretic?
No. Triamterene is not a beta-blocker/ACE inhibitor/sulfa drug/ blood thinner/thiazide diuretic. It is a potassium sparing diuretic

Q.Is triamterene safe?
Yes. Triamterene is relatively safe if used as recommended. In case of any side-effects, consult your doctor

Q.Can I take triamterene with Benadryl, Advil or phentermine?
Triamterene should not be taken with Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or Advil (ibuprofen). It can be taken with phentermine only if prescribed by your doctor

Q.Does triamterene cause weight loss, weight gain, erectile dysfunction, low blood pressure or constipation?
Triamterene may cause weight gain, low blood pressure or erectile dysfunction. Triamterene alone is not expected to cause weight loss or constipation (unless taken in combination with hydrochlorothiazide). If you experience any such symptoms, please consult your doctor.


Content on this page was last updated on 24 November, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)