When and How to Take AmilorideGeneral considerations for when and how to take the medication include the following:
- Amiloride comes in tablet form. It is usually taken by mouth once a day.
- It should be taken with food.
- The medication should be taken at the same time each day to maintain an even level in your blood. However, some people do not need to take it every day, especially those taking it for fluid retention.
- Because amiloride increases urination, it is best to take it in the morning (to avoid needing to get up to use the bathroom throughout the night), unless your healthcare provider instructs you otherwise.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. It will not work if you stop taking it.
Dosing InformationThe dosage that your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you may be currently taking
- How you respond to amiloride.
As with any medication, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Amiloride Dosing for more information.)
Side EffectsAs with any medicine, side effects are possible with amiloride. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
A few of the possible side effects of amiloride include:
- Loss of appetite
- Dry mouth (see Amiloride and Dry Mouth)
- Depression (see Amiloride and Depression)
- Muscle cramps
- Impotence (see Amiloride and Impotence).
(Click Side Effects of Amiloride to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that should be reported immediately to your healthcare provider.)