What is Dyazide?Dyazide is a combination of diuretic drugs used in the treatment of high blood pressure and other conditions that require the elimination of excess fluid from the body.
What is the most important information I should know about Dyazide?If you have high blood pressure, you must take Dyazide regularly for it to be effective. Since blood pressure declines gradually, it may be several weeks before you get the full benefit of Dyazide; and you must continue taking it even if you are feeling well. Dyazide does not cure high blood pressure; it merely keeps it under control.
Who should not take Dyazide?If you are unable to urinate or have any serious kidney disease, if you have high potassium levels in your blood, or if you are taking other drugs that prevent loss of potassium, you should not take Dyazide.
If you are sensitive to or have ever had an allergic reaction to triamterene, hydrochlorothiazide, or sulfa drugs, you should not take this medication.
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Dyazide?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with this drug. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have any of the following: kidney disease, kidney stones, liver disease or cirrhosis of the liver, heart failure, or diabetes.
What is the usual dosage?The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.
Adults: The usual dose of Dyazide is 1 or 2 capsules once daily, with appropriate monitoring of blood potassium levels by your doctor.
How should I take Dyazide?Dyazide should be taken early in the day. To avoid stomach upset, take it with food.
What should I avoid while taking Dyazide?When taking Dyazide, do not use potassium-containing salt substitutes. Take potassium supplements only if specifically directed to by your doctor. Your potassium level should be checked frequently.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Dyazide?Dyazide should be used with caution if you are taking a type of blood pressure medication called an ACE inhibitor, such as captopril or enalapril.
If Dyazide is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Dyazide with the following: blood-thinning medications such as warfarin; corticosteroids such as prednisone; crugs for diabetes such as glyburide; gout medications such as allopurinol; laxatives; lithium; methenamine; nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as diflunisal and indomethacin; other drugs that minimize potassium loss or contain potassium; other high blood pressure medications such as prazosin; salt substitutes containing potassium; and sodium polystyrene sulfonate.
What are the possible side effects of Dyazide?Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any occur or change in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Dyazide.
Side effects may include: abdominal pain, anemia, breathing difficulty, change in potassium level (causing symptoms such as numbness, tingling, muscle weakness, slow heart rate, shock), constipation, diabetes, diarrhea, dizziness, dizziness when standing up, dry mouth, fatigue, headache, hives, impotence, irregular heartbeat, kidney stones, muscle cramps, nausea, rash, sensitivity to light, strong allergic reaction (localized hives, itching, and swelling or, in severe cases, shock), vomiting, weakness, yellow eyes and skin
Can I receive Dyazide if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?The effects of Dyazide during pregnancy have not been adequately studied. If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, inform your doctor immediately. Dyazide appears in breast milk and could affect a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Dyazide?If you miss a dose of this drug, skip it. Do not take an extra dose to make up for missed doses.
How should I store Dyazide?Store at room temperature.