Amiloride is a potassium-sparing diuretic (water pill) that prevents your body from absorbing too much salt and keeps your potassium levels from getting too low.

Amiloride is used to treat or prevent hypokalemia (low potassium levels in the blood) in people with high blood pressure or congestive heart failure.

Amiloride is usually given together with other medicines.

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  • Severity: Major
    You should check with your doctor immediately if any of these side effects occur when taking amiloride:

    More common:
    Abdominal pain
    confusion
    difficulty with breathing
    irregular heartbeat
    nausea or vomiting
    nervousness
    numbness or tingling in the hands, feet, or lips
    shortness of breath
    weakness or heaviness of the legs
    Less common:
    Agitation
    back pain
    blurred vision
    coma
    dizziness
    drowsiness
    fever
    hallucinations (seeing things that aren't there)
    headache
    irritability
    labored breathing
    mood or mental changes
    seizures (convulsions)
    stiff neck
    tightness in the chest
    unusual tiredness or weakness
    vomiting
    wheezing
    Rare:
    Arm or jaw pain
    bloody or black, tarry stools
    burning while urinating
    burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles", or tingling feelings
    change in vision
    chest pain, discomfort, or heaviness
    chills
    clay-colored stools
    cold sweats
    constipation
    dark urine
    difficult or painful urination
    dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up from a lying or sitting position suddenly
    fainting
    fast, pounding, racing, or slow heartbeat or pulse
    itching
    light-colored stools
    loss of appetite
    loss of vision
    rash
    shakiness in the legs, arms, hands, or feet
    stomach pain, severe
    sweating
    trembling or shaking of the hands or feet
    unpleasant breath odor
    vomiting of blood or material that looks like coffee grounds
    yellow eyes or skin
    Incidence not known:
    Continuing stomach pain
    cough
    lower back or side pain
    pale skin
    sore throat
    sores, ulcers, or white spots on the lips or in the mouth
    swollen or painful glands
    unusual bleeding or bruising
    If any of the following symptoms of overdose occur while taking amiloride, get emergency help immediately:

    Symptoms of overdose:
    Decreased urination
    dry mouth
    increase in heart rate
    lightheadedness
    muscle cramps or pain
    pain or weakness in the hands or feet
    rapid breathing
    sunken eyes
    thirst
    wrinkled skin
    Severity: Minor
    Some of the side effects that can occur with amiloride may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

    More common:
    Diarrhea
    weight loss
    Less common:
    Changes in appetite
    decreased interest in sexual intercourse
    inability to have or keep an erection
    loss in sexual ability, desire, drive, or performance
    Rare:
    Acid or sour stomach
    belching
    continuing ringing or buzzing or other unexplained noise in the ears
    discouragement
    disturbed color perception
    double vision
    excess air or gas in the stomach or intestines
    feeling of constant movement of self or surroundings
    feeling sad or empty
    frequent urination
    full or bloated feeling
    hair loss or thinning of hair
    hearing loss
    increased need to urinate
    increased volume of pale, dilute urine
    indigestion
    joint pain
    leg ache or pain
    loss of interest or pleasure
    neck or shoulder ache
    night blindness
    overbright appearance of lights
    pain in the chest below the breastbone
    passing of gas
    passing urine more often
    pressure in the stomach
    seeing halos around lights
    sensation of spinning
    sleepiness or unusual drowsiness
    sleeplessness
    stomach fullness, discomfort, or upset
    stuffy nose
    swelling of abdominal or stomach area
    swelling of the breasts or breast soreness in both females and males
    trouble concentrating
    trouble sleeping
    tunnel vision
    unable to sleep
  • (oral tablet, compounding powder)