Triamterene w/ HCTZ
Data provided by Applied Health
side effects, nutrient depletions, herbal interactions and health notes:
• Triamterene may contribute to the depletion of folic acid in people predisposed to folic acid deficiency. Supplementation may be useful for these individuals. Discuss the need for supplementation with a pharmacist or physician.1
• Do not supplement with potassium unless prescribed by a physician. Even though triamterene is a diuretic, it does not deplete potassium stores.2
• Supplementation with calcium, and magnesium may be beneficial. Consult a pharmacist or physician prior to initiating therapy.3
• Avoid natural licorice products. Licorice may cause excessive potassium loss with long term use.4
• Avoid these herbs with diuretic action: Alfalfa, Angelica, Astragalus, Basil, Bean Pod, Buckthorn, Burdock, Butcher’s Broom, Buchu, Celery, Cleavers, Cornflower, Dandelion, Elecampane, Elder, Goat's Rue, Hempnettle, Horsetail, Indian-Hemp, Juniper, Marigold, Meadowsweet, Parsley, Rauwolfia, Sarsaparilla, Sweet clover, Turmeric, and Vervain5
References1 Jackson EK. Diuretics. In Goodman & Gilman’s The Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics, 9th ed. New York: McGraw Hill, 1996, 706.
1 Lambie DG, Johnson RH: Drugs and folate metabolism, Drugs, 1985, 30(2):145-55.
1 Joosten E, Pelemans W: Megaloblastic anaemia in an elderly treated with triamterene, Neth J Med, 1991, 38(5-6):209-11.
1 Holt GA. Food & Drug Interactions. Chicago: Precept Press, 1998, p 268.
2 Pronsky, ZM: Food-Medication Interactions, 11th edition, 1999
2 Holt GA. Food & Drug Interactions. Chicago: Precept Press, 1998, p. 269.
3 Pronsky, ZM: Food-Medication Interactions, 11th edition, 1999
3 Werbach WR. Foundations of Nutritional Medicine. Tarzana, CA: Third Line Press, 1997, 246 [review].
3 Hanze S, Seyberth H: Studies of the effect of diuretics furosemide, ethacrynic acid, and triamterene on renal magnesium and calcium excretion, Klin Wochenschr, 1967, 45(6):313-4.
3 D’Arcy PF, Griffin JP: latrogenic diseases, New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 1972.
4 Pronsky, ZM: Food-Medication Interactions, 11th edition, 1999.
4 Brinker, F Herb Contraindications and Drug Interactions, Eclectic Medical Publications, 1998
5 Brinker, F Herb Contraindications and Drug Interactions, Eclectic Medical Publications, 1998
5 Facts and Comparisons, Review of Natural Products, Clinisphere 2.0, Wolters Kluwer Company, 2000
5 Newall CA, Anderson LA, Phillipson JD. Herbal Medicines A Guide for Health-care Professionals. London: The Pharmaceutical Press, 1996.
5 PDR for Herbal Medicines, 2nd edition, Medical Economics Company, 2000
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