Midamor Warnings and Precautions
Midamor warnings and precautions should be reviewed with your healthcare provider before starting the drug. For example, salt substitutes containing potassium should be avoided while taking it, as should certain medications. Midamor warnings and precautions also extend to those who have kidney disease, including acute or chronic kidney failure, liver disease, or diabetes.
Midamor: What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Midamor® (amiloride hydrochloride) if you have:
- Liver disease, including cirrhosis
- Kidney disease or kidney failure
- Fluid or electrolyte problems
- Any allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or trying to become pregnant
Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you are currently taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Specific Midamor Warnings and PrecautionsWarnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking Midamor include the following:
- Midamor can cause high potassium levels (hyperkalemia). If you notice any symptoms of a possible electrolyte imbalance, contact your healthcare provider. These symptoms may include:
o Abnormal sensations, such as burning, tingling, or prickingo Muscle weaknesso Low heart rate (bradycardia).Hyperkalemia can be very dangerous. Since symptoms are not always present, your healthcare provider should measure your potassium levels regularly using a simple blood test.
- In general, people with diabetes should not take Midamor, as they may be at higher risk for high potassium levels.
- Midamor should be started cautiously in people with liver disease, as it may increase the risk of hepatic encephalopathy (a brain problem in people with liver disease).
- Do not use salt substitutes while taking Midamor. Salt substitutes usually contain potassium, and combining them with Midamor can increase your risk of high potassium levels in your blood (hyperkalemia). Herb-type salt substitutes that do not contain potassium are okay to use.
- Midamor can interact with several medications (see Midamor Drug Interactions).
- Midamor is considered a pregnancy Category B medication. This means that it may be safe to use during pregnancy, although the full risks are not known. Talk to your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using the drug while pregnant (see Amiloride and Pregnancy).
- It is not known if Midamor passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider before taking the drug (see Amiloride and Breastfeeding).