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Midamor (generic name: amiloride) is a medication that belongs to the class of diuretics. Specifically, Midamor is a potassium-sparing diuretic, which means it helps the body to excrete excess salt and water while retaining potassium.
Midamor is used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure. Midamor is often prescribed in combination with other diuretics, such as thiazide diuretics.
Use and Dosage
Take this medication by mouth with food as directed by your doctor, usually once daily.
If you take this drug too close to bedtime, you may need to wake up to urinate. It is best to take this medication at least 4 hours before your bedtime. If you have any questions about how and when to take this medication, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment.
Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time each day. Keep taking this medication even if you feel well. Most people with high blood pressure do not feel sick.
Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it worsens (such as if your blood pressure readings remain high or increase).
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop taking Midamor and call your doctor at once if you have:
- Increased thirst or decreased urination
- Heavy sweating, or hot and dry skin
- Tremors, confusion, or loss of consciousness
- Jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes)
- High potassium–tiredness, numbness or tingling, slow or unusual heart rate, or muscle weakness or limp feeling
- Low levels of sodium in the body–headache, confusion, slurred speech, severe weakness, vomiting, loss of coordination, and feeling unsteady
Common side effects of Midamor may include:
- Stomach pain
- Loss of appetite
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur.
Before taking amiloride, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: untreated salt/mineral imbalance (such as high potassium, and low sodium levels), kidney disease, liver disease, diabetes, and dehydration.
Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).
This drug may make you dizzy. Alcohol or marijuana (cannabis) can make you dizzier. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs alertness until you can do it safely. Limit alcoholic beverages. Talk to your doctor if you are using marijuana (cannabis).
Dehydration from too much sweating, vomiting, or diarrhea can also lower your blood pressure and worsen dizziness. Drink plenty of fluids to prevent these effects and dehydration. If you are on restricted fluid intake, consult your doctor for further instructions. Contact your doctor if you are unable to drink fluids or if you have diarrhea/vomiting that does not stop.
This drug may increase the potassium levels in your blood. Limit foods high in potassium such as bananas and orange juice. Consult your doctor or pharmacist before using any products containing potassium (such as potassium supplements, salt substitutes).
During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor before breastfeeding.
Form and Strengths
Midamor is available in the following form and strengths:
- Amiloride Tablet:
- 5 mg
What happens if I miss a dose?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose.
Do not take extra medicine to make up for the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention.
What should I avoid while taking Midamor?
Do not use salt substitutes or low-sodium milk products that contain potassium. These products could cause your potassium levels to get too high while you are taking Midamor.
Avoid a diet high in salt. Too much salt will cause your body to retain water and can make this medication less effective.
Drinking alcohol with Midamor can cause side effects.
Avoid becoming overheated or dehydrated during exercise, in hot weather, or by not drinking enough fluids. Follow your doctor’s instructions about the type and amount of liquids you should drink. In some cases, drinking too much liquid can be as unsafe as not drinking enough.