triamterene/hydrochlorothiazide - oral, Dyazide, Maxzide (cont.)
PRECAUTIONS: Before taking hydrochlorothiazide/triamterene, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies.This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: severe kidney disease (e.g., inability to make urine or anuria), high blood potassium levels (hyperkalemia), severe liver disease.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: kidney disease (e.g., kidney stones), liver disease, untreated mineral imbalance (e.g., sodium, chloride), gout, lupus, metabolic imbalance (e.g., acidosis), folic acid deficiency.If you have diabetes, hydrochlorothiazide may affect your blood sugar levels. Check your blood sugar levels regularly as directed and share the results with your doctor. Tell your doctor immediately if you have symptoms of high blood sugar such as increased thirst/urination. Your doctor may need to adjust your anti-diabetic medication or diet.This medication may make you more sensitive to the sun. Avoid prolonged sun exposure, tanning booths or sunlamps. Use a sunscreen and wear protective clothing when outdoors.Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking this medication.This drug may make you dizzy or cause blurred vision. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness or clear vision until you are sure you can perform such activities safely. Limit alcoholic beverages.To minimize dizziness and lightheadedness, get up slowly when rising from a seated or lying position.Caution is advised when using this drug in the elderly because they may be more sensitive to its effects, especially dizziness.This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.Hydrochlorothiazide passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
DRUG INTERACTIONS: Your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.See also the How to Use section.This drug should not be used with the following medications because very serious interactions may occur: dofetilide, eplerenone, other potassium-sparing diuretics (e.g., spironolactone, amiloride), tacrolimus.If you are currently using any of these medications, tell your doctor or pharmacist before starting hydrochlorothiazide/triamterene.Do not take potassium supplements or salt substitutes containing potassium without talking to your doctor or pharmacist first. This medicine can raise your potassium levels, which rarely can cause very serious side effects.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use, especially of: cisapride, ACE inhibitors (e.g., captopril, lisinopril), angiotensin receptor blockers (e.g., losartan, valsartan), cholestyramine, colestipol, diazoxide, digoxin, lithium, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (e.g., ibuprofen, indomethacin).Check the labels on all your medicines (e.g., cough-and-cold products, diet aids) because they may contain ingredients that could increase your blood pressure. Ask your pharmacist about the safe use of those products.This product can affect the results of certain lab tests. Make sure laboratory personnel and your doctors know you use this drug.This document does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use. Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share the list with your doctor and pharmacist.
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