Dyrenium (Triamterene) is used to decrease swelling or also called edema caused by:
- Congestive heart failure
- Liver disease
- Kidney disease
This helps your body get rid of extra water. This can help your kidneys work better. This can also lessen symptoms such as trouble breathing and swelling in your feet, hands, ankles, or belly.
How does Dyrenium (Triamterene) work?
Dyrenium (Triamterene) works by blocking sodium and water reabsorption in the kidneys. It also reduces water and sodium in the body. To compensate for the increased amount of water and sodium in the tubules that will be lost as urine. The kidney also tries to reabsorb more water and sodium. It is by removing potassium from the blood and putting it into the tubules in exchange for sodium and water in the tubules.
As a result, blood potassium levels fall. This drug is a diuretic that prevents reabsorption of sodium in exchange for potassium. Thus, it reduces sodium and water in the body but also prevents the depletion of potassium. For this reason, this is called a potassium-sparing diuretic. By combining hydrochlorothiazide with triamterene, water and sodium are eliminated from the body without the loss of potassium. However, this drug may allow potassium levels to increase so potassium levels should be closely monitored.
Why use Dyrenium (Triamterene)?
Dyrenium (Triamterene) is a ‘water pill’ or diuretic that works in your kidneys to increase the amount of urine you make. This is available as a capsule for oral use. Each capsule has 50mg or 100mg of Triamterene which is an active ingredient. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved this in the year 1964.
How to use Dyrenium (Triamterene)?
The recommended dosage for this is based on your condition and response.
It is to be taken by mouth with a full glass of water. It is usually taken once or twice a day after a meal. You may need to wake up to urinate if you take it too close to bedtime. It is best to take it at least 4 hours before your bedtime.
Use this regularly to get the most benefit. Follow your doctor’s prescription carefully.
What are the side-effects of Dyrenium (Triamterene)?
- Dry mouth
- Feeling weak or tired
Warnings and Precautions
- Before using this drug, let your doctor know if you have any medical history. Tell also to your doctor if you are allergic to this drug or if you have any allergies.
- If you are pregnant or breastfeeding women, talk first with your doctor for the risks and benefits of this drug.
- Keep this away from the reach of children or pets.