Before you begin taking a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should take this medication.
Cardiopulmonary (heart and lung) disease: If you have heart or lung disease, discuss with your doctor how this medication may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of this medication, and whether any special monitoring is needed.
High blood potassium (hyperkalemia): High blood potassium has been observed in some people who receive amiloride either alone or with other diuretics (water pills). This happens mostly in seniors, in people with diabetes, and in people with liver disease or kidney disease. Warning signs or symptoms of high potassium include:
- irregular heartbeat
- numbness or tingling in the hands, feet, or lips
- shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- unusual tiredness or weakness
- weakness or heaviness of the legs
Pregnancy: This medication should not be used during pregnancy. If you become pregnant while taking this medication, contact your doctor immediately.
Breast-feeding: It is not known if amiloride passes into breast milk. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are taking this medication, it may affect your baby. Do not breast-feed while you are taking this medication.
Children: The safety and effectiveness of using this medication have not been established for children. This medication is not recommended for children.