Oedema occurs when fluid leaks out of blood vessels causing swelling in the tissues of the lungs, feet or ankles.
Triamterene is prescribed alongside other diuretics.
Triamterene is prescribed for the treatment of edema associated with congestive heart failure, cirrhosis of the liver, and the nephrotic syndrome also in steroid-induced edema, idiopathic edema, and edema due to secondary hyperaldosteronism.
Triamterene is prescribed to treat oedema (water retention) which can be caused by various conditions, especially diseases of the heart or kidney.
Triamterene is known as a potassium-sparing diuretic and may also sometimes be referred to as a water tablet.
Triamterene is known as a potassium-sparing diuretic because, unlike some other diuretics, it does not cause your body to lose potassium.
Triamterene prevents the build-up of fluid in the body by increasing the amount of urine produced by the kidneys.
Triamterene is contraindicated if you have any of the following conditions:
- If you are pregnant, trying for a baby or breast-feeding;
- If you are taking other medicines, including those available to buy without a script, herbal or complementary medicines;
- If you have Addison's disease (a disorder of the adrenal glands);
- If you have diabetes mellitus (sugar diabetes);
- If you have ever had an allergic reaction to this or any other medicine;
- If you have kidney problems;
- If you know you have hyperkalaemia (high blood potassium);
Triamterene side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
- Dizziness or feeling faint;
- Dry mouth;
- Especially when getting up from sitting or lying down;
- Increased sensitivity to sunlight;
- Skin rash;
- Stomach ache or cramp;
- Stomach upset;
Reported Triamterene overdose symptoms are:
- GI disturbances;
Other Brand Names
In some countries Triamterene may also be known as:
- Triamteril Complex;