Hydrochlorothiazide and Amiloride
(hye droe klor oh thye' a zide) (a mil' oh ride)
P - Caution when used during pregnancy
L - Contraindicated in lactation
|Brand Name||Manufacturer/Marketer||Composition||Dosage Form||Pack Size & Price|
|AMIZIDE||Sanofi||Hydrochlorothiazide 50mg+ Amiloride hydrochloride 5mg||Tablet||200's: 144.01 MRP|
|DEZIDE||Eskayef Bangladesh Ltd||Hydrochlorothiazide 25mg + Triamterene 50mg||Tablet||100's: 75.00 MRP|
|G-THIAZIDE T||Gonoshasthaya Pharmaceuticals Ltd||Hydrochlorothiazide 25mg+ Triamterene 50mg||Tablet||100's: 52.00 MRP|
Why is this medication prescribed?
The combination of amiloride and hydrochlorothiazide, a 'water pill,' is used to treat high blood pressure and fluid retention caused by various conditions, including heart disease. It causes the kidneys to eliminate unneeded water and salt from the body into the urine.
This medicine is sometimes prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor for more information.
How should this medicine be used?
The combination of amiloride and hydrochlorothiazide comes as a tablet to take by mouth. It usually is taken once a day in the morning with food. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take amiloride and hydrochlorothiazide exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.
This medication controls high blood pressure but does not cure it. Continue to take amiloride and hydrochlorothiazide even if you feel well. Do not stop taking amiloride and hydrochlorothiazide without talking to your doctor.
What special precautions should I follow?
Before taking amiloride and hydrochlorothiazide,
- tell your doctor if you are allergic to amiloride, hydrochlorothiazide, sulfa drugs, or any other drugs.
- tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications you are taking, especially captopril; digoxin; enalapril; indomethacin; lisinopril; lithium; medications for arthritis, diabetes, or high blood pressure; potassium supplements; and vitamins. Do not take this medicine if you are taking spironolactone or triamterene.
- tell your doctor if you have or have ever had diabetes, gout, or kidney or liver disease.
- tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while taking amiloride and hydrochlorothiazide, call your doctor immediately.
- if you are having surgery, including dental surgery, tell the doctor or dentist that you are taking amiloride and hydrochlorothiazide.
- you should know that this drug may make you drowsy. Do not drive a car or operate machinery until you know how this drug affects you.
- remember that alcohol can add to the drowsiness caused by this drug.
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Follow your doctor's directions for a low-salt or low-sodium diet and daily exercise program. Avoid potassium-containing salt substitutes. Limit your intake of potassium-rich foods (e.g., bananas, prunes, raisins, and orange juice). Ask your doctor for advice on how much of these foods you may have.
What should I do if I forget a dose?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.
What side effects can this medication cause?
Amiloride and hydrochlorothiazide may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
loss of appetite
If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:
muscle weakness or cramps
slow or irregular heartbeat
unusual bleeding or bruising
yellowing of the skin or eyes
difficulty breathing or swallowing
Before Calling Emergency
Determine the following information:
- Patient's age, weight and condition
- Name of the product/medicine (ingredients and strengths, if possible)
- Time it was swallowed/taken
- Amount swallowed/taken
What to Expect at the Emergency Room
The Health Care Provider/ Emergency Doctor will measure and monitor the patient's vital signs, including temperature, pulse, breathing rate and blood pressure. Symptoms will be treated as appropriate. The patient may receive:
- Antidote, gastric lavage, activated charcoal or other drugs/procedures as required
- Blood tests to determine body chemical levels and blood acid/base balance
- EKG/ECG test
- Medicines to correct fluid and electrolyte imbalances
Do not let anyone else take your medicine.
It is important for you to keep a written list of all of the prescription and nonprescription medicines you are taking, as well as any products such
as vitamins, minerals or other dietary supplements. You should bring this list with you each time you visit a doctor or if you are admitted into a
hospital. It is also important information to carry with you in case of emergencies.