Triamterene is a generic equivalent to Dyazide and Maxzide and is a prescription drug used as a diuretic for high blood pressure and fluid retention. Most people know these drugs as ‘water pills’ and this particular medication contains two diuretics that work together to keep electrolyte levels in balance.
Triamterene HCTZ (Maxzide) tablets are available in the following strengths: Triamterene HCTZ 75/50 contains 75 mg of triamterene and 50 mg of hydrochlorothiazide while Triamterene HCTZ in the 37.5/25 mg strength has 37.5 mg of hydrochlorothiazide and 25 mg of hydrochlorothiazide. Generic Triamterene HCTZ can be bought from online Canadian pharmacies for cheap with Canadian prescriptions or valid American prescriptions.
Hydrochlorothiazide, while effective for the treatment of high blood pressure it can lower the rate of potassium in the blood stream. On the other hand, triamterene is a potassium soaring diuretic that can raise potassium levels. Refer to Canada drugs store online for more details on the drug and also how you can buy Rx and OTC medications at reduced costs.
The medication comes in tablet or capsule form and is usually taken once a day. You can take the medication with or without food and at the same time usually in the morning. Because the medication increases urination, it is best to take it in the morning to avoid getting up to go in the middle of the night.
Triamterene-HCTZ (Maxzide) works by increasing the amount of salt and water the kidneys remove from the blood. The extra salt and water are passed out through the urine. By increasing the amount of water removed by the blood, Triamterene-HCTZ (Maxzide) causes a decrease in blood volume. As a result, the medication lowers blood pressure and helps with water retention.
There are side effects with taking Triamterene-HCTZ (Maxzide). Although not everyone suffers form the following side effects one should take care if they have any of the following side effects from taking this medication. Low blood pressure, high blood sugar, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, or constipation, dizziness, dry mouth, drowsiness, depression, vision changes, sensitivity to the sun, and impotence.
Patients taking this medication should stay out of direct sunlight and store the medication at room temperature. Also if you are pregnant or nursing please consult a doctor before taking this medication. Do not take this medication with alcohol or if you drink a lot of alcohol as liver damage can occur.