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Diuretic, Potassium Sparing|
|Reasons not to take this medicine|
- If you have an allergy to amiloride or any other part of the medicine.
- If you have any of the following conditions: High potassium levels in
the blood, severe kidney disease, kidney disease caused by diabetes.
- If you have kidney disease or diabetes you need to be watched closely.
- If you are taking other potassium-conserving agents (eg,
spironolactone, triamterene) or potassium supplementation (medicine,
potassium-containing salt substitutes, potassium-rich
|What is this medicine used for?|
- This medicine is used to get rid of extra fluid, salt, and water
slowly and gently.
- It is frequently used in a liver disease called cirrhosis.
- It can also be used to increase potassium stores in the
|How does it work?|
- Amiloride can get rid of extra salt and water in the body. It competes
against a hormone made in the body called aldosterone. In the same way,
amiloride increases potassium stores in the
|How is it best taken?|
- Take with or without food. Take with food if this medicine causes an
- Follow diet plan (low sodium) as recommended by healthcare provider.
- Tablet may be crushed and mixed with food or
|What do I do if I miss a dose?|
- Take a missed dose as soon as possible.
- If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed one. Return to
your regular schedule.
- Do not take a double dose or extra
|What are the precautions when taking this
- Check medicines with healthcare provider. Make sure other medicines
you are taking do not increase potassium.
- Avoid alcohol (includes wine, beer, and liquor). Can increase weight
- Not for use in kidney disease. Talk with healthcare provider.
- Do not use over-the-counter products that increase blood pressure.
These include cough or cold remedies, diet pills, stimulants, ibuprofen or like
products, and certain herbs or supplements. Talk with healthcare provider.
- Avoid potassium-containing salt substitutes and potassium supplements.
Talk with healthcare provider.
- Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make
sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling
about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of
face, lips, tongue, throat; or any other symptoms involved.
- Tell healthcare provider if you are pregnant or plan on getting
- Tell healthcare provider if you are
|What are the common side effects of this
- Feeling lightheaded. Avoid driving, doing other tasks or activities
that require you to be alert until you see how this medicine affects you.
- Dizziness is common. Rise slowly over several minutes from sitting or
lying position. Be careful climbing stairs.
- Females: Breast tenderness, deepening of voice, increased hair growth,
- Males: Breast enlargement.
- Nausea or vomiting. Small frequent meals, frequent mouth care, sucking
hard candy, or chewing gum may help.
- High potassium. This may make you feel weak, lightheaded, dizzy, or
have numbness and tingling.
- Change in sexual ability or desire. This can return to normal after
medicine is stopped. Talk with healthcare provider about other medicines without
this side effect.
|What should I monitor?|
- If you are using this medicine for fluid removal, check daily weight.
Report a weight gain or no weight loss.
- Check blood pressure regularly.
- Follow diet plan (low salt) and exercise program as recommended by
- Check blood work. Talk with healthcare
|Reasons to call healthcare provider
- Signs of a life-threatening reaction. These include wheezing;
tightness in the chest; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; fits;
swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Passing out, fainting, dizziness, lightheadedness, weakness, numbness,
- Severe nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea.
- Menstrual changes. This includes lots of bleeding, spotting, or
bleeding between cycles.
- Any rash.
|How should I store this medicine?|
- Store in a tight container at room temperature. Protect from moisture,
freezing, and excessive heat.
- Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's
- Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.
- Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, herbal/supplements,
vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider
(doctor, nurse, pharmacist, physician assistant).
- Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine,
including over-the-counter or natural products (herbs,
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