Midamor uses are primarily concerned with treating high blood pressure and fluid retention. In most cases, the drug is not used alone, but rather in combination with other diuretics -- in particular, those that can cause a decrease in potassium levels. "Off-label" Midamor uses include the treatment of water retention that is related to liver problems.
An Overview of Midamor UsesMidamor® (amiloride hydrochloride) is a prescription medication that has been licensed to treat a couple of conditions. These specific Midamor uses include:
- Controlling high blood pressure (hypertension)
- Treating water retention (edema) associated with congestive heart failure (CHF).
Midamor should only be used in people who develop low potassium levels (hypokalemia) while taking other diuretics or in people who cannot risk low potassium levels due to other medical conditions. Midamor should be used along with other diuretics in most situations.
Midamor Uses for High Blood PressureA blood pressure reading consists of two numbers -- for example: 120/80. The top number is known as the systolic blood pressure, and the bottom number is the diastolic blood pressure. High blood pressure is defined as an average blood pressure that is higher than 140/90, with multiple blood pressure readings.
Midamor has been shown to significantly lower both systolic and diastolic blood pressures in clinical studies. As a result, the medication can decrease the risk of developing health problems, such as stroke, heart disease, or congestive heart failure, that often occur with long-term high blood pressure (see Effects of High Blood Pressure). Midamor is not a cure for high blood pressure, however.