Midamor or generic Amiloride is a potassium-sparing diuretic drug your doctor can prescribe for those with low-blood potassium or to restore normal blood potassium if you have congestive heart failure or are hypertensive. Many people with congestive heart failure (CHF) have problems with fluid retention (edema) and may require taking another diuretic that could decrease potassium levels so Midamor helps to maintain your blood potassium. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
When taken as directed, Midamor works by stimulating your kidneys into excreting more sodium from your body which reduces the extra fluid build-up in your bloodstream and your body. This helps to restore normal blood flow through your arteries and your heart does not have to work as hard. The edema is decreased and blood pressure is lowered. This is not a cure for hypertension or CHF, but taken along with eating healthier and trying to become more active, Midamor can reduce your risk of a heart attack, stroke, or kidney disease.
Heart failure involves the accumulation of fluid in your body as your heart is not able to pump blood around your body as it should. This can cause the fluid to back up into your lungs, making it harder to breathe, or other parts of your body that includes your ankles, legs, hands, or face.
The most common reason for heart failure is the damage your heart may have sustained after you experienced a heart attack. The second cause is from having undiagnosed or untreated high blood pressure for a long period of time and your arteries become damaged from the increased blood flow. Hypertension has no symptoms, unless it is considered severe, so it’s important to have your blood pressure checked routinely.
If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or are breast feeding, ask your doctor about any risks to your unborn or nursing baby before taking Midamor. Other medical conditions and allergies should be discussed with your doctor, and provide a list of any OTC or Rx drugs your currently take or use, including alternative medicine or naturopathic therapies. This helps your doctor determine if Midamor is the right drug for your situation.
You should not drive, operate machinery, or attempt any task that requires you to be alert until you know how Midamor will affect you. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine without talking to your doctor as this could cause serious side effects. Keep Midamor and other medications out of children’s reach and never share your drugs with anyone else.