While taking Amturnide, do not take any potassium products unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so. The hydrochlorothiazide in Amturnide can cause low potassium levels, however, so this interaction may be somewhat unpredictable. Some people taking Amturnide might develop low potassium due to the hydrochlorothiazide and may need potassium supplementation.
Combining Amturnide with medications that contain triamterene can increase your risk for high potassium levels in your blood (hyperkalemia). Your healthcare provider should check your potassium levels regularly. However, the hydrochlorothiazide in Amturnide can counteract this effect, since hydrochlorothiazide can cause low potassium levels, so this interaction may be somewhat unpredictable.
It is possible that not all drug interactions with Amturnide were discussed in this article. Therefore, you should talk with your pharmacist or healthcare provider about the specific interactions that may apply to you.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Last reviewed by: KristiMonson, PharmD;
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