Midamor is a drug used to treat high blood pressure and fluid retention. When used alone, it is a weak diuretic and is not very effective for treating high blood pressure. Midamor is usually used in combination with other diuretic medications, especially those that are prone to causing low potassium levels. Possible side effects include nausea, loss of appetite, and diarrhea.
What Is Midamor?Midamor® (amiloride hydrochloride) is a prescription medicine that is used as a diuretic for high blood pressure and fluid retention. It is known as a "potassium-sparing" diuretic.
Who Makes Midamor?Brand-name Midamor was originally made by Merck, but is no longer being made. Generic Midamor is still available and is made by a few different manufacturers.
- Controlling high blood pressure (hypertension)
- Treating water retention (edema) associated with congestive heart failure (CHF).
In general, Midamor should be used in combination with other diuretic medications.
How Does Midamor Work?Midamor is a diuretic, which is commonly referred to as a "water pill." While most diuretics can cause low potassium levels in the blood (hypokalemia), Midamor is a "potassium-sparing" diuretic, meaning that it can actually increase potassium levels in the blood. It is especially useful when taken in combination with certain other diuretics, as it can help correct electrolyte imbalances caused by other diuretics.
The medication works by increasing the amount of salt and water the kidneys remove from the blood. This extra salt and water is then passed out through the urine. By increasing the amount of water removed from the blood, Midamor causes a decrease in blood volume. Because of this effect, the drug can lower blood pressure and can also help with water retention.
When used alone, Midamor is a weak diuretic and is not very effective for treating high blood pressure. Therefore, it is usually used in combination with other diuretic medications, especially diuretics that are prone to causing low potassium levels.