What should I know about amiloride before taking it?

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You should not use amiloride if you have kidney disease, high amounts of potassium in your blood or urination problems. You should also not take it if you take another potassium-sparing diuretic. Because amiloride can interact with many other medications, let your doctor know about all medications you are taking, and let your doctor know before starting any new medications. Also, let your doctor know if you have a breathing disorder, diabetes, heart disease or cirrhosis or other liver disease. These conditions may require a dosage adjustment. You should avoid drinking alcohol while on amiloride, as alcohol can increase some of its side effects. You should also not use potassium supplements, low-sodium milk products that contain potassium or salt substitutes while taking amiloride. They can lead to high levels of potassium. If you are exercising or the weather is hot, take care to avoid overheating and dehydration while taking amiloride. Excessive salt in your diet can make this medication less effective.