What is the most important information I should know about triamterene?

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Do not take triamterene (Dyrenium) if you have kidney disease, severe liver disease or urinary problems. Do not take triamterene if you take potassium supplements or any other potassium-sparing diuretic.

Before taking triamterene, tell your doctor if you have diabetes, heart disease, liver disease, gout or kidney stones. Tell you doctor if you use of another type of diuretic.

Take triamterene after eating to avoid stomach upset. Always drink a full glass of water when taking triamterene. Store triamterene at room temperature and do not expose it to heat, moisture or light.    

Before taking triamterene, tell you doctor if you are pregnant or wish to become pregnant, as it may be harmful to the fetus. Do not breastfeed while taking triamterene, as the drug may pass through milk to the baby.

If you forget to take a dose of triamterene, take triamterene as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next scheduled dose, simply take your next dose. Do not take two doses of triamterene at once.

Avoid alcohol while using triamterene, as it may increase some of the adverse side effects of the medication. Seek immediate medical attention for an overdose of triamterene.