The side effects of triamterene-hydrochlorothiazide include dizziness, headache, light-headedness and upset stomach, according to WebMD. Serious side effects of this drug, which are unlikely, include fainting, irregular heartbeat, muscle pain or weakness, unusual thirst or dry mouth, and eye pain or decreased vision. A serious allergic reaction to this medication is rare; however, patients should seek urgent medical attention if they notice symptoms such as rash, acute dizziness, difficulty breathing, and itching or swelling of the face, throat and tongue.
Triamterene-hydrochlorothiazide helps manage high blood pressure. It also aids in the prevention of kidney problems, stroke and heart attacks, explains WebMD. Triamterene-hydrochlorothiazide works by enabling the body to produce more urine, which assists in the elimination of more salt and water. This drug also lessens extra fluid in the body, helping to reduce symptoms such as shortness of breath or swelling in the ankles and feet.
Patients with severe kidney problems, high blood potassium or an inability to urinate and those who are allergic to any of the ingredients in triamterene-hydrochlorothiazide should not use this medication, reports Drugs.com. Triamterene-hydrochlorothiazide may interact with some medicines and medical conditions. Pregnant women, lactating mothers, patients on any other medication or supplements, and patients who are allergic to foods, drugs or other substances should alert their doctors before using this medication. Patients who are on any other high blood pressure drugs, those on low sodium diets, and those with histories of irregular heartbeats or kidney stones should also inform their doctors.