Amiloride and Hydrochlorothiazide Overview
(a MIL oh ride & hye droe klor oh THYE a zide)
Created: 2006-10-13 10:34:15.0
Modified: 2010-05-06 15:54:40.0
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Canadian Brand Names
Apo-Amilzide®; Gen-Amilazide; Moduret; Novamilor; Nu-Amilzide
• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.
• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.
• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.
• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).
• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.
How does it work?
• Amiloride prevents potassium loss.
• Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) lowers blood pressure and gets rid of extra salt and water in the body through the kidneys.
How is it best taken?
• Take this medicine with food.
• Take this medicine early in the day to avoid sleep problems.
• Follow diet plan and exercise program as recommended by healthcare provider.
How should I store this medicine?
• Store at room temperature.
• Protect from light.
• Protect from moisture. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.
Mexican Brand Names
Reasons not to take this medicine
• If you have an allergy to amiloride, hydrochlorothiazide, or any other part of this medicine.
• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.
• If you have a sulfonamide ("sulfa") allergy, talk with healthcare provider.
• If you have any of the following conditions: High potassium levels or kidney disease.
• If you are breast-feeding.
What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)
• Take a missed dose as soon as possible.
• If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule.
• Do not take a double dose or extra doses.
• Do not change dose or stop medicine. Talk with healthcare provider.
What key warnings should I know about before taking this medicine?
• This medicine is a strong water pill. Sometimes important elements (potassium) in the blood can be increased. The risk is greatest in people with diabetes, kidney disease, serious illness, and/or in the elderly. Your healthcare provider will follow you closely to change the dose to match your body's needs.
• This medicine does not mix well with some medicines. Serious reactions may occur. Check all medicines with healthcare provider.
What should I monitor?
• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?
• If you are diabetic, you will need to monitor blood sugars closely.
• Check blood pressure and heart rate regularly. Talk with healthcare provider.
• Check blood work regularly. Talk with healthcare provider.
• Dry mouth may cause an increase in cavities. Take good care of your teeth. See a dentist regularly.