Triamterene is the generic name for a drug used to treat fluid retention known as edema in people who have congestive heart failure, cirrhosis of the liver or a kidney condition called nephritic syndrome.
It is a potassium sparing water pill (diuretic) that prevents your body from absorbing too much salt and keeps your potassium levels from getting too low.
It is suggested no alcohol not even moderate drinking as the effectiveness of the drug could be comprised and the side effects of the drug may be greatly increased.
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. If anything more than that is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.
If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.
When alcohol interacts with prescription or over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.
Before using this drug advise your physician if you are allergic to this or any other drug or substance, are pregnant, plan to be so, are breastfeeding, have kidney disease, unable to urinate, severe liver disease, high potassium levels or taking potassium supplements or other diuretics, have diabetes, heart disease, gout or kidney stones.
Less serious side effects are mild nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhea, dizzy, headache, dry mouth or skin rash. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are numbness or tingling, muscle pain, weakness, slow, fast uneven heartbeat, drowsy, restless, lightheaded, changes in urination, shallow breathing, tremors, confusion, nausea, stomach pain, low fever, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay coloured stools or jaundice .If these occur get emergency medical help.
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