Triamterene (Dyrenium) – What You Should Know

Brand Name: Dyrenium

What is Triamterene (Dyrenium)?

The information about Triamterene (Dyrenium) contained herein is a compilation of materials available from and simplified for the average consumer.

triamterene dyreniumTriamterene also known by the brand name Dyrenium is a potassium sparing diuretic that helps rid your body of salt (sodium) and water but retains potassium in the blood.

Triamterene (Dyrenium) is used to diagnose or treat a condition in which your adrenal glands produce too much salt and water in your body.

Triamterene (Dyrenium) also treats fluid retention (edema) in people with congestive heart failure, cirrhosis of the liver, or a kidney disorder called nephrotic syndrome.

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How to use Triamterene (Dyrenium):

  • taking pillUse Triamterene (Dyrenium) as directed by your doctor. Check the medicine label for exact dosing instructions. Do not use more or less or for longer¬† than recommended.
  • Take Triamterene (Dyrenium) by mouth with a full glass of water after a meal.
  • You may need frequent blood tests, kideny tests or liver tests while taking Triamterene (Dyrenium). Do not miss scheduled doctor visits.
  • Triamterene (Dyrenium) can cause unusual results with certain medical tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using Triamterene (Dyrenium).
  • If you need surgery, tell your surgeon that you are taking¬† Triamterene (Dyrenium).
  • If you miss a dose of Triamterene (Dyrenium), take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
  • Store Triamterene (Dyrenium) at room temperature away from heat, light, and moisture.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Triamterene (Dyrenium).

What to know before using Triamterene (Dyrenium):

If any of the following apply to you, discuss with your doctor before taking Triamterene (Dyrenium). You may not be able to use Triamterene (Dyrenium), or you may need a dosage adjustment or special tests during treatment:

  • diabetesZaroxolyn gout
  • heart disease
  • liver disease
  • gout
  • a history of kidney stones
  • taking another diuretic.
  • pregnant
  • breast feeding

You should NOT use Triamterene (Dyrenium) if you are allergic to it, or if you have:

  • kidney diseasekidneys
  • unable to urinate
  • severe liver disease
  • high potassium levels (hyperkalemia)
  • if you are taking potassium supplements, or another potassium-sparing diuretic such as Dyazide, Maxzide, amiloride (Midamor, Moduretic), or spironolactone (Aldactone, Aldactazide).

When taking Triamterene (Dyrenium) avoid doing these things:

  • Drinking alcoholalcohol
  • Avoid using other medicines that make you light-headed (such as cold medicine, pain medication, muscle relaxers, and medicine for seizures, depression or anxiety).
  • Using salt substitutes or low-sodium milk products that contain potassium.
  • Avoid a high-salt diet.
  • Driving or doing anything that requires you to be alert.
  • 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.

Side effects of Triamterene (Dyrenium):

If any of the following symptoms of overdose or allergy occur while taking Triamterene (Dyrenium), get emergency help immediately:

Symptoms of Overdose:

  • hivesblurred vision
  • difficulty breathing
  • swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat
  • Blurred vision
  • diarrhea
  • dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up from a lying or sitting position suddenly
  • indigestion
  • pain or weakness in the hands or feet
  • passing of gas
  • stomach fullness or discomfort
  • sweating
  • trembling

Check with your doctor right away if you have any of these symptoms:

  • Abdominal or stomach pain
  • agitation
  • black, tarry stools
  • bleeding gums
  • blood in the urine or stools
  • chills
  • clay-colored stools
  • cloudy urine
  • confusion
  • convulsions
  • cough
  • dark urine
  • decreased urine output
  • depression
  • dizziness
  • dry mouth
  • fainting spells
  • fever
  • headache
  • hives
  • hostility
  • increased thirst
  • irritability
  • itching
  • joint pain
  • lethargy
  • restless
  • tremors
  • loss of appetite
  • loss of consciousness
  • mood changes
  • muscle pain or cramps
  • muscle twitching
  • nausea or vomiting
  • nervousness
  • numbness or tingling in the hands, feet, or lips
  • pain in the groin or genitals
  • pain in the lower back or side
  • pinpoint red spots on the skin
  • puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips or tongue
  • rapid or unusual weight gain
  • seizures
  • sharp back pain just below the ribs
  • shortness of breath
  • skin rash
  • stupor
  • swelling of the face, ankles, feet, or hands
  • tightness in the chest
  • unpleasant breath odor
  • unusual bleeding or bruising
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • vomiting of blood
  • weakness or heaviness of the legs
  • wheezing
  • yellow eyes or skin
  • slow, fast, or uneven heartbeat
  • feeling drowsy

If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

  • Increased sensitivity of skin to sunlight
  • redness or other discoloration of the skin
  • severe sunburn
  • mild nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea

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watermellonVarious herbs, foods and beverages offer a natural diuretic effect; however, they should be used with caution, in the event of unknown medical conditions with fluid retention as a symptom, or due to side effects with other medications. Consult with your physician prior to using natural diuretics.

Cutting back on sodium and exercising more can also help reduce fluid buildup.

Eating more fruits and vegetables that act as diuretics, like watermelon, grapes, berries, celery, asparagus, onions, garlic, and bell peppers, may be another beneficial solution.

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The information provided on this page should not be used to decide whether or not to take Triamterene (Dyrenium) or any other medicine. Consult your doctor to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition.

This information about Triamterene (Dyrenium) is a brief summary and does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Triamterene (Dyrenium).

This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must speak with your doctor for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Triamterene (Dyrenium).