triamterene hydrochlorothiazide...whoa!

By Kuini_Lii Latest Reply 2009-11-02 02:14:02 -0600
Started 2009-10-26 16:21:25 -0500

Is anyone taking this medication? It's a blood pressure medication that I was prescribed recently. I was on Norvasc and got switched to this one. I am hesitant to take it because one of the side effects is "high blood sugar in diabetics." I am a Type 1 diabetic, and I don't really trust the doctor who prescribed it to me =/ Any help is much appreciated! Mahalo to everyone =)

Love and blessings,


11 replies

Elrond 2009-11-02 02:14:02 -0600 Report

Another thing, be sure the doctor is prescribing potassium chloride or at least watching your electrolite levels. Hydrcholothiazide is a potassium-wasting diuretic and you can easily become hypokalemic. In other words, your body runs out of potassium which is essential for nerve impulses to reach the muscles from the brain. It is, however, a highly effective medication for blood pressure and very commonly used.

cussinwolf 2009-10-28 15:08:04 -0500 Report

I have never taken it but I do know that hydrochlorothiazide is a diuretic an as you have discovered makes you pee. My concern is you mentioned you don't trust the doctor that prescribed it If possible I would find another doctor. You might drop a couple pounds but it is just water weight not fat.

Kuini_Lii 2009-10-28 15:17:49 -0500 Report

thanks! the only reason I don't really trust the doctor is because she's new and she's a county doctor. I recently lost my privat insurance coverage and have been getting healthcare help through the county, the quality of care is, sadly, much lower than what I was recieving before =/ thank you for your help! Have a blessed day!


2009-10-30 00:54:21 -0500 Report

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imsuzie2 2009-10-31 04:29:44 -0500 Report

I looked at the site Heman mentioned, and read over the FAQ page. The meds come from Canada and India. I don't know if I would want meds from India, and there does not seem to be a way to confirm they come from India. Heman, how long have you used this site? S2

2009-11-01 23:34:46 -0600 Report

Ive been getting my meds from there for almost 8 months or so…I havnt had any problem… The 1st time I came across the site, I called their call centre to find out details..They told me that all their meds come from reputed manufacturers and go through all the rigorous procedures to make sure the meds are safe and effective…

2009-11-01 23:38:56 -0600 Report

And if u see…one of the FAQS also has- "Where will my prescription medication ship from?
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ptsparkle 2009-10-26 23:42:25 -0500 Report

i HAVE BEEN ON IT FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS, NO MPROBLEMS THAT IV"E NOTICED. Sorry for the caps, guess I should look up while typing. :}

Harlen 2009-10-26 18:21:17 -0500 Report

Yep and it worked too but made me pee all the time lol now I am on something els
hope this helps

Kuini_Lii 2009-10-28 14:21:27 -0500 Report

Thank you, it did help =) Its making me pee all the time too, haha…Did it make you lose any weight because of the water loss? Thanks for the reply!


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