Triamterene 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.

Triamterene is used to treat fluid retention (edema) in people with congestive heart failure, cirrhosis of the liver, or a kidney condition called nephrotic syndrome.

Triamterene is also used to treat edema caused by having too much aldosterone in your body. Aldosterone is a hormone produced by the adrenal glands to help regulate the salt and water balance in your body.

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  • Incidence not known
    Abdominal or stomach pain
    agitation
    black, tarry stools
    bleeding gums
    blood in the urine or stools
    chills
    clay-colored stools
    cloudy urine
    confusion
    convulsions
    cough
    dark urine
    decreased urine output
    depression
    difficulty breathing
    difficulty swallowing
    dizziness
    dry mouth
    fainting spells
    fast or irregular heartbeats
    fever
    headache
    hives
    hostility
    increased thirst
    irritability
    itching
    joint pain
    lethargy
    loss of appetite
    loss of consciousness
    mood changes
    muscle pain or cramps
    muscle twitching
    nausea or vomiting
    nervousness
    numbness or tingling in the hands, feet, or lips
    pain in the groin or genitals
    pain in the lower back or side
    pinpoint red spots on the skin
    puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips or tongue
    rapid or unusual weight gain
    seizures
    sharp back pain just below the ribs
    shortness of breath
    skin rash
    stupor
    swelling of the face, ankles, feet, or hands
    tightness in the chest
    unpleasant breath odor
    unusual bleeding or bruising
    unusual tiredness or weakness
    vomiting of blood
    weakness or heaviness of the legs
    wheezing
    yellow eyes or skin
    If any of the following symptoms of overdose occur while taking triamterene, get emergency help immediately:

    Symptoms of overdose
    Blurred vision
    diarrhea
    dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up from a lying or sitting position suddenly
    indigestion
    pain or weakness in the hands or feet
    passing of gas
    stomach fullness or discomfort
    sweating
    trembling
    Severity: Minor
    Some of the side effects that can occur with triamterene 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:

    Incidence not known
    Increased sensitivity of skin to sunlight
    redness or other discoloration of the skin
    severe sunburn
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