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What is Benzthiazide–Triamterene used for?

Benzthiazide–Triamterene is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) as well as edema (fluid retention) associated with liver disease, heart failure or steroid use. This combination medication contains 2 active ingredients, Benzthiazide and Triamterene, which belong to a class of drugs called diuretics. Benzthiazide–Triamterene works by eliminating excess water out of the body and by preventing the absorption of sodium in the body. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What is the recommended dosage of Benzthiazide–Triamterene?

The dosage of Benzthiazide–Triamterene prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

Benzthiazide–Triamterene can be taken with or without food. Swallow Benzthiazide–Triamterene tablet whole with a full glass of water.

What if you miss a dose of Benzthiazide–Triamterene?

If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Benzthiazide–Triamterene medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.

What if you overdose on Benzthiazide–Triamterene?

Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Benzthiazide–Triamterene, seek medical attention immediately.

What other drugs could interact with Benzthiazide–Triamterene?

It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Benzthiazide–Triamterene.

Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Benzthiazide–Triamterene, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Benzthiazide–Triamterene can interact with pain-relief medications, antidepressants, diabetes medications, contraceptive pills, muscle relaxants, potassium-containing medicines and other diuretics.

Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

What are the side effects of Benzthiazide–Triamterene?

Like other medicines, Benzthiazide–Triamterene can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Benzthiazide–Triamterene are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

It is pertinent to note that side effects of Benzthiazide–Triamterene cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Benzthiazide–Triamterene develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Benzthiazide–Triamterene can cause side effects such as dizziness, diarrhea, dry mouth, headache, increased urination, bloating, muscle pain, and nausea. Some of the serious side effects of Benzthiazide–Triamterene may include difficulty in breathing, blurred vision, irregular heartbeats and jaundice. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Benzthiazide–Triamterene.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Benzthiazide–Triamterene?

Is it possible for me to take Benzthiazide–Triamterene with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Benzthiazide–Triamterene?
What are the possible drug interactions of Benzthiazide–Triamterene?
How will Benzthiazide–Triamterene work in my body?
How should Benzthiazide–Triamterene be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Benzthiazide–Triamterene drug interactions and side effects?


The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Benzthiazide–Triamterene is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.

Do not breastfeed your baby while taking this medicine. Keep Benzthiazide–Triamterene out of the reach of children.


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