Diuretics, Potassium-sparing (Systemic)
Precautions While Using This Medicine
important that your doctor check your progress at regular visits to make sure
that this medicine is working properly.
This medicine does not cause a loss of potassium from your body as some
other diuretics (water pills) do. Therefore, it is not necessary for you to
get extra potassium in your diet, and too much potassium could even be harmful.
Since salt substitutes and low-sodium milk may contain potassium, do not use
them unless told to do so by your doctor.
Check with your doctor if you become sick and have severe or continuing
nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. These problems may cause you to lose additional
water, which could be harmful, or to lose potassium, which could lessen the
medicine's helpful effects.
Before having any kind of surgery (including dental surgery) or emergency
treatment, tell the medical doctor or dentist in charge that you are taking
Before you have any medical tests, tell the doctor in charge that you are
taking this medicine. The results of some tests may be affected by this medicine.
For patients taking this medicine for high blood pressure
Do not take other medicines unless they have
been discussed with your doctor
. This especially includes over-the-counter
(nonprescription) medicines for appetite control, asthma, colds, cough, hay
fever, or sinus problems, since these medicines may tend to increase your
For patients taking triamterene
This medicine may cause your skin to be more sensitive to sunlight
than it is normally. Exposure to sunlight, even for brief periods of time,
may cause a skin rash, itching, redness or other discoloration of the skin,
or a severe sunburn. When you begin taking this medicine:
Stay out of direct sunlight, especially between the hours of 10:00
a.m. and 3:00 p.m., if possible.
Wear protective clothing, including a hat. Also, wear sunglasses.
Apply a sun block product that has a skin protection factor (SPF)
of at least 15. Some patients may require a product with a higher SPF number,
especially if they have a fair complexion. If you have any questions about
this, check with your health care professional.
Apply a sun block lipstick that has an SPF of at least 15 to protect
Do not use a sunlamp or tanning bed or booth.
If you have a severe reaction from the sun, check with your doctor.