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Amiloride is known as hydrochlorothiazide or amiloride hydrochloride. Amiloride is both a diuretic and an anti-hypertensive medicine. It is a diuretic and an anti-hypertensive medicine because of its hydrochlorothiazide content. The amiloride in Amiloride, on the other hand, has potassium conserving properties.
Amiloride is prescribed for patients with potassium deficiencies whether they may be long term occurrences or have just recently surfaced. Amiloride may also be prescribed for patients with hypertension, Edema of cardiac cause, hepatic cirrhosis with ascites and Edema.
Amiloride should be administered with care to patients with hyperkalemia. Patients with in this condition should be very careful in taking the medicine. If not properly prescribed, it may cause complications, worsen the illness or even cause death to the patient. Potassium rich or potassium level inducing medicines such as Amiloride should not be prescribed except in cases of severe Hypokalaemia.
Amiloride is also ineffective for patients with creatinine levels falling below 30ml/min. The active ingredient of Amiloride which triggers its diuretic effect which is hydrochlorothiazide can cause Hypokalaemia if the usage of Amiloride is prolonged.
Amiloride has also been known to decrease calcium excretions in the urine and may cause parathyroid malfunctions. Azotemia could also occur especially in patients who have renal impairments if in any case Azotemia or symptoms of it, immediately discontinue use of Amiloride.
Amiloride has to be especially given with caution to patients with hepatic disease. Progressive and unmonitored intake may cause alterations in fluid and electrolyte balance in the body and even a slightest change may cause hepatic comma. Some extra sensitive patients may experience systemic lupus erythematosus. Thiazides can trigger this occurrence especially to susceptible patients. Diuretics such as Amiloride are not advisable to pregnant women as they may cause potential hazard to the mother and to the fetus. And Amiloride and its components also pass into the fetus and traces of it have been found on the umbilical cord blood. Amiloride can also be found in breast milk and if a careful consideration should be made before attempting to breastfeed. Amiloride is not also prescribed for children and people in the pediatric age group.
Amiloride should exactly be taken as your doctor prescribed the intake. It is a prescription medicine and can only be bought under a doctor's prescription. This prescription should come with a set of instructions for the patient to follow and he/she should not deviate from them.
For the treatment of hypertension, the dosage is two tablets once a day or twice a day. It may be increased or decrease but the dosage must not go beyond 4 tablets daily.
For the treatment of Edema that comes from cardiac reasons, the starting dose may be fro 1-2 tablets. This may be increased or decreased depending on your condition but the dosage must not exceed 4 tablets a day.
For the treatment of hepatic cirrhosis, the dosage must be at a small dose and the increase must be gradual but it must not exceed 4 tablets daily in extreme cases.
Overdose of Amiloride has not yet been studied on humans but expected symptoms of overdose are manifested by electrolytic imbalance such as Hypokalaemia and hypochloronemia. If overdose is suspected, immediately consult emergency medical attention.
It is not advisable that double doses of Amiloride be taken. If you have missed a dose of Amiloride, never take double doses but you can take the dose you missed provided that it is not yet near the time for the next dose. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, you should entirely skip that dose you missed and go directly to the next scheduled dose.
Amiloride is mostly well tolerated by patients and side effects may be unlikely to occur. But side effects can still occur and among the side effects of taking Amiloride include:
- Abnormal liver function;
- Back pains;
- Body malaise;
- Leg pains;
- Muscle cramps;
Other side effects not stated here may also occur. Inform your doctor if you experience any of these side effects especially if they become bothersome or intolerable.
Amiloride interacts with the following medicines and should be prescribed with caution and frequent monitoring should be allocated when taking the following medicines together with Amiloride:
- Alcohol, barbiturates and narcotics;
- Antidiabetic medicines;
- Other diuretics;
- Skeletal muscle relaxants;
Other Brand Names
In some countries Amiloride may also be known as: