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I would like to know the side effects of the medicine triametrene/hydrochlorothiazide .Does it increase blood glucose and cause electrolyte imbalance?

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Dr. Madhu Kandarpa
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
6 doctors agree

In brief: Mainly potassium

Hydrochlothiazide can lower potassium and triamterene high potassium. Hctz (hydrochlorothiazide) can cause low sodium and high calcium.
Most of the side effects should be on package insert with medication.

In brief: Mainly potassium

Hydrochlothiazide can lower potassium and triamterene high potassium. Hctz (hydrochlorothiazide) can cause low sodium and high calcium.
Most of the side effects should be on package insert with medication.
Dr. Madhu Kandarpa
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Dr. Bennett Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes and not ususally

Actually, if you have diabetes, it may have a very subtle effect increasing your blood sugar.
If you don't have diabetes: no problem. Regarding electrolytes, the combination is designed to prevent electrolyte imbalance (hctz (hydrochlorothiazide) causes potassium loss, triamterene counteracts potassium loss and helps lower bp). It's a very old, very effective, very inexpensive drug combination used by many millions.

In brief: Yes and not ususally

Actually, if you have diabetes, it may have a very subtle effect increasing your blood sugar.
If you don't have diabetes: no problem. Regarding electrolytes, the combination is designed to prevent electrolyte imbalance (hctz (hydrochlorothiazide) causes potassium loss, triamterene counteracts potassium loss and helps lower bp). It's a very old, very effective, very inexpensive drug combination used by many millions.
Dr. Bennett Werner
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Dr. Margaret B. Collins
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
3 doctors agree

In brief: A good choice really

Triamterene/hydrochlorothiazide is an ideal fluid pill to use for treating high blood pressure because it is less likely to cause potassium imbalance.
Hydrochlorothiazide alone depletes potassium, while triamterene conserves it. Hydrochlorothiazide may raise blood sugar levels slightly, though the benefits of good blood pressure generally outweight this disadvantage.

In brief: A good choice really

Triamterene/hydrochlorothiazide is an ideal fluid pill to use for treating high blood pressure because it is less likely to cause potassium imbalance.
Hydrochlorothiazide alone depletes potassium, while triamterene conserves it. Hydrochlorothiazide may raise blood sugar levels slightly, though the benefits of good blood pressure generally outweight this disadvantage.
Dr. Margaret B. Collins
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Dr. Howard Rubin
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Medication

Potential to reduce potassium especially on a high salt diet.
Can reduce magnesium. Can reduce sodium with high water intake. Can slightly increase glucose levels.

In brief: Medication

Potential to reduce potassium especially on a high salt diet.
Can reduce magnesium. Can reduce sodium with high water intake. Can slightly increase glucose levels.
Dr. Howard Rubin
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