Amipramidin review

Your body usually balances the chemicals it produces; however, sometimes it needs help from outside sources. Amipramidin is used to counteract hypertension and congestive heart failure. Usually these diseases come from an overload of sodium in the body. Amipramidin, more commonly known to doctors as a Potassium-sparing diuretic, is used to keep potassium in the body but release sodium. More specifically, it keeps sodium and water from being absorbed in the kidneys. Unlike other diuretics Amipramidin keeps the potassium from seeping out as well. This helps normalize the functions of the heart and the kidneys.

Sometimes, because of the potassium the body handles, patients using this medication experience hyperkalemia, which is simply a high blood potassium level. Using ACE inhibitors and spironolactone usually triggers this condition. This is easily managed by adjusting the dosage of Amipramidin. To help regulate the body fluids, this medication is usually taken with thiazide and loop diuretics. Doctors prescribe Amipramidin with another medication to combat the hyperkalemia.

Using medications that increase the levels of potassium in the body is very delicate. If you are taking any medication for high blood pressure, potassium supplements, or diabetes, you should inform your doctor. Lithium is especially dangerous to be taking while on Amipramidin. Also medications like captopril, digoxin, and lisinopril can be dangerous when taken with Amipramidin. Medications like spironolactone can increase your potassium to a dangerous level when taken with Amipramidin, so inform your doctor about these and all other medications, prescription and non-prescription, that you are taking. If patients have had liver, kidney or heart disease, they should inform their doctors immediately. Since Amipramidin increases the body’s potassium, the organs recovering from the above mentioned diseases might be susceptible to the change. Having a renal disease is particularly hard if you plan on taking Amipramidin since this makes the body more susceptible to hyperkalemia.

Amipramidin has some common side effects such as headache, fatigue, upset stomach, gas, nausea, muscle cramps, and frequent urination. Some rare side effects include impotence, vertigo, heartburn, back and chest pain. A difficult but common side effect is drowsiness, so patients taking this medication should not drive or operate heavy machinery. Patients that experience skin rashes, yellow eyes or skin, difficulty breathing or an irregular heartbeat should contact their doctor immediately. Side effects of a serious nature should always be reported to your doctor.

Amipramidin is usually distributed under the name Midamor in 5mg and 10 mg tablets. These tablets are usually yellow and diamond shaped. Doses start at 5mg daily and then are slowly increased if the patient’s doctor sees fit. Higher doses usually put patients at risk for high blood potassium levels. The effects of the medication last the entire day, but usually it is most effective the first 6-8 hours after taking it. Since the aim of Amipramidin is to regulate sodium levels, patients are encouraged to follow a low-sodium diet and exercise regularly. Also, it is best to stay away from potassium rich foods like bananas, prunes and raisins while taking Amipramidin.

Amipramidin has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of amipramidin

• Molecular formula of amipramidin is C6H8ClN7O
• Chemical IUPAC Name is 3,5-diamino-6-chloro-N-(diaminomethylidene)pyrazine-2-carboxamide
• Molecular weight is 229.6270 g/mol
Amipramidin available : 5mg tablets

Generic name: Amiloride

Brand name(s): Amilorida, Amiloridum, Amipramizid, Amipramizide, Amiprazidine, Amyloride, Guanamprazin, Guanamprazine, Midamor

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