| Benzthiazide/Triamterene IP
What is Ditide?
Ditide containing the 2 active ingredients benzthiazide and triamterene belongs to a class of medication called diuretics. The medication works by helping the kidney eliminate excess liquids and salt while keeping the potassium intact. It can be used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure), chronic heart failure as well as in the management of edema (fluid retention). Treating high blood pressure can decrease the risk of heart attacks, strokes or kidney problems.
How is Ditide used?
Ditide is usually taken 1 to 2 times per day or as directed by a doctor. The medication can be taken with or without food but should be taken with a full glass of water. Contact a doctor for the correct dosage and length of treatment as it will depend on the patientís condition and their response to the therapy. Do not discontinue the medication without consulting a doctor, even if you feel well, as hypertension usually has no visible symptoms.
Patients using Ditide may encounter unwanted side effects such as:
- Dry mouth
- Low potassium levels
Contact a doctor immediately should side effects persist or encounter more severe side effects such as:
- Blurred vision
- Excessive fatigue
- Urinary problems
- Irregular heartbeats
- Unusual bleeding or bruising
Immediately proceed to your nearest emergency department if you suffer an allergic reaction. Symptoms usually associated with such a reaction include difficulty breathing or swallowing, chest tightness, swelling, skin rashes, and hives.
Ditide is not always suitable for all patients. Always consult your health care provider prior to using this medication if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to conceive, using any other medication (prescription or non-prescription), using any herbal products or supplements, or if you have any allergies or other health problems.
The correct dosage and prescription commonly depend on the patient and the condition being treated. Do not adjust your dosage without the approval of your health care provider. This product is only for use as prescribed and instructed.