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Dyrenium

Generic Name: triamterene (try AM teh reen)
Brand Name: Dyrenium
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Drug Information:
Dyrenium is a potassium-sparing diuretic (water pill) that prevents your body from absorbing too much salt and keeps your potassium levels from getting too low. Dyrenium is used to treat fluid retention (edema) in people with congestive heart failure, cirrhosis of the liver, or a kidney condition called nephrotic syndrome. Dyrenium is also used to treat edema caused by using steroid medicine or having too much aldosterone in your body. Aldosterone is a hormone produced by the adrenal glands to help regulate the salt and water balance in your body. Learn more

Dyrenium Side Effects

Dyrenium Side Effects

Note: This document contains side effect information about triamterene. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Dyrenium.

For the Consumer

Applies to triamterene: oral capsule

Warning

Oral route (Capsule)

May cause hyperkalemia, which if uncorrected, is potentially fatal. Hyperkalemia is more likely to occur in patients with renal impairment, diabetes mellitus (with or without recognized renal insufficiency), and in the elderly or severely ill. Monitor serum potassium levels carefully in any patient receiving triamterene.

Along with its needed effects, triamterene (the active ingredient contained in Dyrenium) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking triamterene:

Incidence not known

  • Abdominal or stomach pain
  • agitation
  • black, tarry stools
  • bleeding gums
  • blood in the urine or stools
  • chills
  • clay-colored stools
  • cloudy urine
  • confusion
  • convulsions
  • cough
  • dark urine
  • decreased urine output
  • depression
  • difficulty breathing
  • difficulty swallowing
  • dizziness
  • dry mouth
  • fainting spells
  • fast or irregular heartbeats
  • fever
  • headache
  • hives
  • hostility
  • increased thirst
  • irritability
  • itching
  • joint pain
  • lethargy
  • loss of appetite
  • loss of consciousness
  • mood changes
  • muscle pain or cramps
  • muscle twitching
  • nausea or vomiting
  • nervousness
  • numbness or tingling in the hands, feet, or lips
  • pain in the groin or genitals
  • pain in the lower back or side
  • pinpoint red spots on the skin
  • puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips or tongue
  • rapid or unusual weight gain
  • seizures
  • sharp back pain just below the ribs
  • shortness of breath
  • skin rash
  • stupor
  • swelling of the face, ankles, feet, or hands
  • tightness in the chest
  • unpleasant breath odor
  • unusual bleeding or bruising
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • vomiting of blood
  • weakness or heaviness of the legs
  • wheezing
  • yellow eyes or skin

Get emergency help immediately if any of the following symptoms of overdose occur while taking triamterene:

Symptoms of overdose

  • Blurred vision
  • diarrhea
  • dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up from a lying or sitting position suddenly
  • indigestion
  • pain or weakness in the hands or feet
  • passing of gas
  • stomach fullness or discomfort
  • sweating
  • trembling

Some side effects of triamterene may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

Incidence not known

  • Increased sensitivity of skin to sunlight
  • redness or other discoloration of the skin
  • severe sunburn

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to triamterene: compounding powder, oral capsule

Gastrointestinal

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Rash

Rare (less than 0.1%): Photosensitivity reactions, pseudoporphyria

Cardiovascular

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Hypovolemia

Genitourinary

Frequency not reported: Blue fluorescence of the urine under certain light conditions

Hematologic

Rare (less than 0.1%): Thrombocytopenia, megaloblastic anemia, pancytopenia

Hepatic

Rare (less than 0.1%): Jaundice and/or liver enzyme abnormalities

Hypersensitivity

Rare (less than 0.1%): Anaphylaxis, photosensitivity

Metabolic

Very common (10% or more): Hyperkalemia

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Hyperuricemia

Rare (less than 0.1%): Hypokalemia, metabolic acidosis

Nervous system

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Headache

Rare (less than 0.1%): Dizziness

Other

Rare (less than 0.1%): Weakness, fatigue, serum sickness

Renal

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Elevation of serum creatinine, transient renal insufficiency

Rare (0.01% to 0.1%): Interstitial nephritis, urinary stones, azotemia, elevated BUN and creatinine, renal stones, acute interstitial nephritis

Very rare (less than 0.01%): Renal failure

Editorial References and Review

Medically reviewed by BestRx Medical Team Last updated on 1/1/2020.

Source: Drugs.com Dyrenium