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.
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