Triamterene is available under the trade name Dyrenium. It can be used with other medications to treat edema and hypertension. It should only be used as prescribed by a healthcare provider.
Triamterene belongs to potassium-sparing diuretics able to prevent absorption of salt in the body, which maintains potassium levels high enough. This medication can be used for treatment of edema in people with different health conditions, including cirrhosis of the liver, congestive heart failure, nephrotic syndrome and others. Triamterene can treat edema that occurs due to extremely high aldosterone level in the body or using steroid medicines. Hormone aldosterone is produced by the adrenal glands and is responsible for the regulation of the water and salt balance in the body.
What Dose Is Suitable for You
The initial dosage of this medication is 100 mg to take two times a day. It is recommended to start administering this drug with a small dose to see how it works for you. The dosage can be increased gradually if it is recommended by your healthcare provider. The maximum one is 300 mg a day.
You will experience the best therapeutic effect after using this drug for several days. If you use Triamterene along with another medication, you should lower their doses to achieve the needed result.
How to Use It Safely?
This medication is not suitable for you if you have the following conditions:
Severe kidney problems;
Severe liver problems;
Allergic reaction to the components of Triamterene;
Inability to urinate;
Also, you should tell your healthcare provider if you have the following conditions:
The use of this medication may increase the risk of hyperkalemia development. The level of high potassium in your blood may increase if you have such conditions as diabetes, kidney disease or severe illness.
If you use this medication, you should be ready for experiencing certain side effects. The common ones are the following:
Do not use this medication anymore if you have the following severe side effects:
Dark urine and others.
What Medications Should Not Be Used with Triamterene
If you need to take other medications when you are treated with Triamterene, you should do it wisely. There are 518 medicines that may cause drug interaction if used along with Triamterene, including the following:
Eprosartan and others.
Generally, it is recommended to consult your doctor if you can use certain medications along with Triamterene.