Triamterene

What condition does Triamterene treat?

Triamterene is used to decrease swelling or also called edema caused by:

  • Kidney disease
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Liver disease
  • Cancer

This helps your body get rid of extra water and helps your kidneys work better. This can also reduce symptoms such as difficulty breathing and swelling in your feet, hands, ankles, or belly.

Triamterene is a water pill or diuretic that works in your kidneys to increase the amount of urine you make. This is available as a capsule for oral use. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved this in the year 1964.

How does Triamterene work?

Triamterene works by blocking sodium and water reabsorption in the kidneys. It also reduces water and sodium in the body. To compensate for the increased amount of water and sodium in the tubules that will be lost as urine. The kidney also tries to reabsorb more water and sodium. It is by eliminating potassium from the blood and setting it into the tubules in exchange for sodium and water in the tubules.

As a result, blood potassium levels fall. This drug is a diuretic that prevents the reabsorption of sodium in exchange for potassium. As a result, it lessens water and sodium in the body and also prevents the reduction of potassium. For this reason, this is called a potassium-sparing diuretic. By taking hydrochlorothiazide with this medication, water and sodium are eliminated from the body without the loss of potassium. On the other hand, Triamterene might allow potassium levels to increase so potassium levels must be carefully monitored.

What is the recommended dosage of Triamterene?

The recommended dosage for this is based on your condition and response.

It is to be taken by mouth with a full glass of water. It is usually taken once or twice a day after a meal. You may need to wake up to urinate if you take it too close to bedtime. It is best to take it at least 4 hours before your bedtime.

Use this regularly to get the most benefit. Follow your doctor’s prescription carefully. Do not increase your dosage or use this medicine more often or for longer than prescribed. Your condition will not improve any faster, and your risk of side effects will increase. Do not stop taking this medicine without consulting your doctor. Some conditions might become worse when this medication is suddenly stopped. Your dosage may need to be slowly reduced. Tell your doctor if you do not get better or if you get worse.

What are the side effects of Triamterene?

  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Dry mouth
  • Dizziness
  • Feeling weak or tired

What are the precautions in taking Triamterene?

  • Before using this medication, inform your doctor know if you have any medical history.
  • If you are allergic to this medicine or if you have any allergies, it is important to tell your doctor.
  • If you are a pregnant or breastfeeding woman, talk first with your doctor about the risks and benefits of this drug.
  • Keep this away from the reach of children or pets.