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Amiloride, sold under the trade name Midamor among others, is a medication typically used with other medications to treat high blood pressure or swelling due to heart failure or cirrhosis of the liver.

WHAT IS AMILORIDE?

Amiloride is a potassium-sparing diuretic (water pill) that prevents the body from absorbing too much salt and keeps the potassium levels from getting too low. It reduces the amount of water and sodium retained by the body.
This medicine is most frequently used in conjunction with other drugs to lower blood pressure, to treat edema (fluid retention) or to treat or prevent hypokalemia (low potassium levels in the blood).

 

Brand Name(s): Midamor; Moduretic

CAS nº: 2016-88-8

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Product Info

The sections below will provide you with more specific information and guidelines related to amiloride and its correct use. Please read them carefully.

FDA Information

In October 1981, the Food and Drug Administration approved the marketing of both amiloride alone and also the combination of amiloride and hydrochlerothiazide. A prescription is required for this medicine.

Please visit the official site of the FDA for further information.

 

Why is this medication prescribed?

Amiloride is a potassium-sparing diuretic (water pill) that prevents the body from absorbing too much salt and keeps the potassium levels from getting too low. It reduces the amount of water and sodium retained by the body.
This medicine is most frequently used in conjunction with other drugs to lower blood pressure, to treat edema (fluid retention) or to treat or prevent hypokalemia (low potassium levels in the blood).

Other uses for this medicine

Amiloride may also be used to treat an overactive adrenal gland (hyperaldosteronism), to treat kidney stones, or to treat frequent urination caused by another drug (lithium).
However, it is important that you talk to your doctor about the possible risks of using this drug for your particular condition.

Dosage and using this medicine

Amiloride comes as a tablet which is to be administered orally. It usually is taken once a day in the morning with food and with a full glass of water.
Take this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take the medication in larger amounts, or take it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results from this medication.
To be sure this medication is not causing harmful effects, your blood will need to be tested on a regular basis. Your kidney function may also need to be tested. It is important that you not miss any scheduled visits to your doctor.
Additionally, amiloride can interfere with the results of a glucose tolerance test. Stop using this medication for at least 3 days before you have this test and inform any doctor who treats you that you are using amiloride.

What special precautions should I follow?

Inform your doctor if you have diabetes, heart disease, cirrhosis, liver disease, a breathing disorder, or if you are using another diuretic. If you have any of these conditions, you may not be able to use amiloride, or you may need a dosage adjustment or special tests during treatment.
Furthermore, do not use this medication if you have kidney disease or are unable to urinate, high potassium levels (hyperkalemia) or if you are taking potassium supplements, or another potassium-sparing diuretic such Moduretic®, spironolactone (Aldactone®, Aldactazide®), or triamterene (Dyrenium®, Dyazide®, Maxzide®).
This medication is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
Additionally, it is not known whether amiloride passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Avoid drinking alcohol, which can increase some of the side effects of amiloride.
Avoid becoming overheated or dehydrated during exercise and in hot weather. Follow your doctor’s instructions about the type and amount of liquids you should drink. In some cases, drinking too much liquid can be as unsafe as not drinking enough.

What should I do if I forget a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the medicine at the next regularly scheduled time.
Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What side effects can this medication cause?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives, difficulty breathing, swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using this medication and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
numbness or tingly feeling

muscle pain or weakness
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low, fast, or uneven heartbeat

feeling drowsy, restless, or light-headed

urinating less than usual or not at all

dry mouth or increased thirst

excessive tiredness

vomiting

shallow breathing

tremors, confusion

nausea, stomach pain, low fever, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes)
Continue using amiloride and talk with your doctor if you have any of these less serious side effects:
headache

mild nausea, loss of appetite

gas, stomach pain

skin rash
Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

 

What storage conditions are needed for this medicine?

Always keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Do not allow the tablets to freeze.
Also, remeber to throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed and, if necessary, talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medication.

In case of an emergency/overdose

In the case of an overdose, call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, then please call the local emergency services on 911.
Symptoms of overdose may include:
dizziness

thirst

feeling light-headed

slow heartbeat

fainting

Product Images

PICTURES OF AMILORIDE PILLS

Below you will find images and specific information on the principal types of amiloride that exist, including their respective brand name(s), strength, inscription codes, manufacturers and/or distributors.
The information below includes general information and guidelines for patients taking this medication and should never be used to substitute professional medical advice that can be provided by a qualified physician or family doctor.

Name: MIDAMOR®
Strength(s): 5 MG
Imprint: MIDAMOR | MSD 92
Manufacturer: MERCK & CO.

 

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