Moduretic uses are primarily concerned with the treatment of high blood pressure or water retention that is associated with congestive heart failure. The drug is approved for use in adults only, not children. It works by increasing the amount of salt and water that is removed from the blood. "Off-label" Moduretic uses include the treatment of water retention that is due to liver problems.
An Overview of Moduretic UsesModuretic® (amiloride-HCTZ) is a prescription medication that has been licensed to treat a couple of conditions. These specific Moduretic uses include:
- Controlling high blood pressure (hypertension)
- Treating water retention (edema) associated with congestive heart failure (CHF).
Moduretic 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.
Moduretic 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 higher than 140/90, with multiple blood pressure readings.
In clinical studies, Moduretic has been shown to significantly lower both systolic and diastolic blood pressures. As a result, Moduretic 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). Moduretic is not a cure for high blood pressure, however.