Biduret (Amiloride Hydrochloride/Hydrochlorothiazide) is a medicine that is used to treat patients suffering from hypertension or edema (fluid retention). It belongs to a wider category of drugs normally referred to as ‘water pills’ which are also called potassium-sparing diuretics. These are drugs that are used in regulating the amount of potassium in the body and help in preventing the potassium levels get too low.
How to use Biduret
The medicine has two active ingredients combined to form one strong and effective medication. They are available in tablets that are normally taken once in a day, and usually, this is very early in the morning. In cases where patients have been prescribed to take two, the second tablet is normally taken around 4-5 hours before sleep time, in the evening. Taking this drug just before bedtime will affect your sleep and hence the importance of taking it a few hours before sleeping. You are not supposed to self-prescribe yourself this medicine. Doing so may badly harm your health without necessarily achieving the desired results.
Physicians may prescribe different dosages depending on several factors:
Condition under treatments
Severity of symptoms
Current medical condition of the patient as well as other medicine used
For adults suffering from edema, a typical prescription would be an initial dosage of 5mg to be taken orally once a day for up to a week. The maintenance dose may increase to any amount between 5-10mg daily.
Biduret Side Effects
The most common side effects reported from use of Biduret are mild and do not last for long. This is so since the medicine has been formulated and developed with tolerance. However, all side effects should be treated with importance and patients are advised to report them to their physicians. In case the side effects last longer or get worse, patients should seek medical attention immediately.
Watch out for numbness, confusion, decreased urination and any irregular heartbeats, fatigue and weakness of the body.
Other patients may experience abdominal pains, constipation and even loss of appetite. These along with muscle cramps should be reported immediately to the physician.
Biduret (Amiloride Hydrochloride/Hydrochlorothiazide) may lead to very high levels of potassium in the body. This situation may pose a great risk for patients suffering from diabetes or other kidney-related diseases. It is therefore recommended that physicians monitor how patients respond to the medication and provide only safe and optimum dosage levels for the condition being treated.
Other categories of patients who may need special care when using Biduret include:
Pregnant, trying to get pregnant or breastfeeding moms
Persons with medical histories of chronic illnesses, disorders, and other medical conditions
Persons on prescription or non-prescription medicine, herbal or other types of medication
Persons with known allergic reactions to certain medicines.
Another important thing for patients to remember is that during treatment, it is advised that consumption of products containing potassium be ceased. This helps physicians monitor the amount of potassium in the body and keep it under control from developing to high levels.