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triamterene (cont.)

What should I discuss with my doctor before taking triamterene (Dyrenium)?

Do not use this medication if you have:

  • kidney disease or are unable to urinate;
  • severe liver disease;
  • high potassium levels (hyperkalemia); or
  • if you are taking potassium supplements, or another potassium-sparing diuretic such as Dyazide, Maxzide, amiloride (Midamor, Moduretic), or spironolactone (Aldactone, Aldactazide).

Before using triamterene, tell your doctor if you have:

  • diabetes;
  • heart disease;
  • liver disease;
  • gout;
  • a history of kidney stones; or
  • if you are using another diuretic.

If you have any of these conditions, you may not be able to use triamterene, or you may need a dosage adjustment or special tests during treatment.

FDA pregnancy category C. This medication may be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.

Triamterene may pass into breast milk and could cause harm to a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I take triamterene (Dyrenium)?

Take this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take the medication in larger amounts, or take it for longer than recommended by your doctor.

Take each dose with a full glass of water.

Take this medication after eating a meal.

To be sure this medication is not causing harmful effects, your blood will need to be tested on a regular basis. Your kidney or liver function may also need to be tested. It is important that you not miss any scheduled visits to your doctor.

Triamterene can interfere with the results of certain medical tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using triamterene.

If you need to have any type of surgery, tell the surgeon ahead of time that you are taking triamterene. You may need to stop using the medicine for a short time.

Store this medication at room temperature away from heat, light, and moisture.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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