Maxzide generic names hydrochlorothiazide and triamterene belong to a family of drugs used to treat fluid retention (edema) and high blood pressure (hypertension).
Hydrochlorothiazide is a diuretic which prevents the body from absorbing too much salt. Triamterene is also a diuretic which is a works as a potassium limiter that also prevents your body from absorbing too much salt and keeps your potassium levels from getting too low.
It is suggested not to drink alcohol as it may cause your blood pressure to go too low and increase the side effects of the drug.
At this time the medical community defines moderate consumption of alcohol as no more than two drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week. Anything more than that is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.
If a person drinks only once or twice a week but drinks on the same days each week and more than two drinks this is considered as an alcohol dependency.
If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.
Some consider alcoholism as a disease while others consider it an addiction which is the result of personal choice and character fault. This school of thought blames the alcoholism on life style choices.
Personally I consider alcoholism a genetic tendency as I have seen families of alcoholics even when they live far apart. These unfortunate people are probably dependent on alcohol from the first drink.
When alcohol interacts with prescription over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.
This drug should not be used if you are allergic to these two drugs, have kidney disease, unable to urinate, have high potassium levels, taking other diuretics or if you are taking potassium supplements.
Before using Dyazide advise your physician if you have diabetes, heart disease, cirrhosis, liver disease, breathing disorder, gout, lupus, kidney stones, pancreas disorder or an allergy to sulfa drugs.
Less serious side effects are mild nausea, diarrhea, constipation, dizziness, headache, blurred vision, dry mouth or skin rash. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are slow, fast or uneven heartbeat, feeling faint, swelling or rapid weight gain, urinating less or not at all, headache, trouble concentrating, memory problems, weakness, loss of appetite, feeling unsteady, hallucinations, seizure, shallow breathing, breathing that stops, confusion, uneven heart rate, extreme thirst, increased urination, leg discomfort, muscle weakness, irregular heart rate, weak pulse, muscle weakness, tingling, pain in upper stomach or back, nausea and vomiting, fast heart rate, easy bruising, bleeding from nose, mouth, vagina, rectum red spots under the skin, fever sore throat, headache with blistering, red skin rash or jaundice. If these occur get emergency medical help.
This site serves as an information source only and does not dispense medical advice or any other kind of advice. If you are seeking medical advise you are advised to consult your own physician.
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