Triamterene - Drug Information

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General Information on Triamterene

Generic Name : Triamterene

Pronunciation : trye am' ter een

Latest prescription information about Triamterene. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y54.5 | Therapeutic Classification : Diuretics

Trade Names/Brand Names of Triamterene

India : 

International : 

Dyrenium

Why is Triamterene Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is a potassium-sparing diuretic, prescribed for fluid retention due to various health conditions such as liver, kidney and heart diseases.  It helps the kidneys to eliminate unwanted water and sodium from the body into the urine.

When should Triamterene not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in patients with severe liver or kidney impairment, difficulty in urinating, elevated serum potassium levels and hypersensitivity.

Pregnancy Category

A B C D X

Category C :

Animal studies have shown adverse effects on the fetus and there are no appropriate studies in pregnant women, but potential benefits may allow the use of the drug in pregnant women despite the potential for risks.

What is the dosage of Triamterene?

PO- The usual starting dose is 100 mg twice daily after food.

How should Triamterene be taken?

It comes as a tablet to take by mouth with food.

What are the warnings and precautions for Triamterene?

Caution should be exercised in patients with history of diabetes, gout, kidney stones, heart, kidney or liver disease, dehydration, any allergy, who are taking other medications, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
It may cause dizziness, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.
Avoid exposure to sunlight.
Monitor blood electrolytes, blood cell counts, kidney and liver function tests, blood uric acid levels and blood pressure regularly while taking this medication.

What are the side effects of Triamterene?

   Hypersensitivity : Anaphylaxis, rash and photosensitivity.
   Metabolic : Decrease/increase in potassium level in blood.
   Genitourinary : Elevated Blood Urea Nitrogen, kidney stones and kidney failure.
   Gastrointestinal : Jaundice, liver enzyme abnormalities, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
   Blood : Decreased platelet counts and anemia.
   Central Nervous System : Weakness, fatigue, dizziness, headache and dry mouth.

What are the other precautions for Triamterene?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions of Triamterene?

Store it at room temperature, and in an airtight container.

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