Triamterne/HCTZ is a combination product used to treat high blood pressure in people who have developed low potassium while on a thiazide diuretic. It is sold in the US under the brand names Dyazide®, Maxzide®, and Maxzide®-25.
Triamterene is a potassium sparing diuretic. Meaning this medication causes the kidneys to retain potassium while they are riding the body of extra fluid.
Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ or HCT) is also a diuretic or water pill. It helps the kidneys remove excess fluid from the body.
Triamterene HCTZ side effects
Most common side effects include: weakness, drowsiness, trouble sleeping, muscle cramps, headache, nausea, vomiting, decreased appetite, shortness of breath, electrolyte imbalances.
Always contact your health care provider if you feel you are experiencing adverse effects.
Triamterene HCTZ Dose
Capsules contain 37.5mg of triamterene and 25mg of hydrochlorothiazide.
Tablets are available in 75mg/50mg or 37.5mg/25mg
Lowering Blood Pressure
This is an effective medication for lowering blood pressure for many people. However, it can affected blood sugar levels, electrolytes and may make the skin more sensitive to sunlight.
Small changed in diet and exercise levels can improve your blood pressure, often times allowing your Doctor to lower your dose or take you off medication entirely.