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Tablets containing amiloride hydrochloride 5 mg and bumetanide 1 mg

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  • amiloride 5mg and bumetanide 1mg tablets
  • Therapeutic Indications


    When a prompt diuresis is required. Especially when potassium conservation is important.



    1 to 2 tablets daily. Adjust dose according to response.


    Adjust according to needs. Carefully monitor serum electrolytes and urea.


    Not recommended for use in children under 18 years old.

    Patients with Renal Impairment

    Avoid in severe renal impairment.

    Patients with Hepatic Impairment

    Amiloride and bumetanide are contraindicated in severe hepatic disease, hepatic coma and precomatose states associated with cirrhosis.

    Caution is advised in mild hepatic impairment due to a possible increased risk of encephalopathy.


    Hyperkalaemia (serum potassium greater than 5.3 mmol / litre)
    Adrenocortical impairment
    Severe hepatic disease
    Acute renal insufficiency
    Hepatic coma
    Pre-coma associated with liver cirrhosis
    Severe renal impairment
    Renal impairment due to hepatotoxic drugs
    Renal impairment due to nephrotoxic drugs
    Acute renal insufficiency
    Severe electrolyte imbalance
    Children under 18 years old
    Breastfeeding ( see Lactation section)
    Pregnancy ( see Pregnancy section)
    Raised blood urea
    Severe hypokalaemia
    Severe hyponatraemia
    Long QT syndrome
    Torsade de pointes

    Precautions and Warnings

    Correct hypovolaemia and hypotension before initiation of treatment.

    NSAIDs may antagonise the action of diuretics. Patients should be advised not to take NSAIDs unless advised by a clinician.

    Rapid mobilisation of oedema may cause circulatory collapse, particularly in elderly patients. This should be born in mind when amiloride and bumetanide is given in high doses.

    Use with caution in patients suspected of electrolyte disturbance.

    Regularly monitor fluid and serum electrolyte status, particularly sodium, potassium, chloride and bicarbonate.

    Hyponatraemia, hypochloraemia and raised blood urea may occur during vigorous diuresis especially in seriously ill patients. Careful monitoring of serum electrolytes and urea should be undertaken in these patients.

    Patients with hepatic impairment should be treated with caution due to an increased risk of encephalopathy.

    Diabetes mellitus - glucose tolerance may be decreased and diabetes may be aggravated. Monitor blood and urinary glucose in patients with diabetes mellitus and those suspected of latent diabetes (which may become manifest). Diabetics may require an increase in hypoglycaemic agents. Discontinue treatment before glucose tolerance test.

    Chronic renal failure patients should remain under constant hospital supervision.
    Discontinue if blood urea increases or oliguria/anuria occur during treatment for oedema due to renal insufficiency.

    In prostatic hypertrophy or impaired micturition urinary retention may occur. This can be avoided by the use of low doses and less potent diuretics initially. An adequate urinary output should be established before initiating treatment.

    Serum uric acid levels may be increased and acute attacks of gout may be precipitated.

    Use in caution in patients taking nephrotoxic or ototoxic drugs.

    Potassium supplements or drugs that may increase serum potassium levels should only be co-administered cautiously.
    The use of potassium containing salt substitutes or a high intake of potassium rich foods may lead to significant increases in serum potassium.

    May cause dizziness or fatigue, patients should not drive or operate machinery if they experience these effects.

    Elderly (see Dosage Elderly ).

    Can cause a positive anti doping test in athletes.

    Contains lactose therefore caution should be observed in patients with glucose-galactose malabsorption syndrome and lactose intolerance.

    Use with caution in patients with a family history of long QT syndrome and patients with a history of torsade de pointes. Consider monitoring ECG in patients at risk of QT prolongation. Correct electrolyte disorders before treatment.

    Pregnancy and Lactation


    Bumetanide and amiloride tablets are contraindicated in pregnancy.

    Diuretics are no longer part of the standard therapy for hypertension and oedema during pregnancy.

    Diuretics can reduce the plasma volume and lead to a reduced perfusion of the placenta.

    A study on 44 newborns exposed to bumetanide during the first trimester showed 2 major cardiovascular defects when 0.4 were expected. Caution should therefore especially be applied in this trimester.

    Tests with bumetanide on rats, rabbits, mice and hamsters have shown a low teratogenic risk. Rabbits given doses of 3.4 times the maximum human therapeutic dose (MTHD) showed slightly embryocidal effects (Briggs, 2008).

    There is inadequate human data on the use of amiloride in pregnancy but animal data comprising of its usage on mice and rabbits suggests low risk.

    The use of all medication in pregnancy should be avoided whenever possible; particularly in the first trimester. Non-drug treatments should also be considered. When essential, a medication with the best safety record over time should be chosen, employing the lowest effective dose for the shortest possible time. Polypharmacy should be avoided. Teratogens taken in the pre-embryonic period, often quoted as lasting until 14-17 days post-conception, are believed to have an all-or-nothing effect. Where drugs have a short half-life, and when the date of conception is certain, this may allow women to be reassured where drug exposure has occurred within this time frame. Further advice may be available from the UK National Teratology Information Service (NTIS) and through ToxBase, available via password on the internet ( ) or if this is unavailable at the backup site ( ).


    Contraindicated during breastfeeding. Safety has not been established.

    Diuretics are thought to suppress lactation and it is not known whether the drugs are excreted to the breast milk, so the manufacturer advises avoidance if possible. Low doses in mothers whose lactation is well established are unlikely to suppress lactation.

    Schaefer (2007) concludes that single doses of bumetanide do not require limitation of breastfeeding, but therapy should be changed. There is insufficient data available on amiloride.

    Neonates, infants born prematurely, those with low birth weight, those with an unstable gastrointestinal function or who have serious illnesses may require special consideration. For any infant, if a drug is prescribed to the nursing mother, it should be at the lowest practical dose and for the shortest time. When drug administration is unavoidable and breastfeeding is to continue, minimisation of exposure of the infant to the drug may sometimes be achieved by timing the maternal doses to just after a feeding episode. Infants exposed to drugs via breast milk should be monitored for unusual signs or symptoms. Interactions between the drug received by the infant from the mother's milk and medication prescribed for the infant should also be considered, for example, when the drug given to the infant may prevent metabolism of the drug received via breast milk.
    Specialist advice is available from the UK Drugs in Lactation Advisory Service at

    Licensed in neonates - No.


    Advise patient not to use NSAIDs while taking amiloride plus bumetanide tablets unless advised by a clinician

    Advise patients not to drive or operate machinery if they experience dizziness or fatigue.

    Advise patients that the use of potassium containing salt substitutes or a high intake of potassium rich foods may lead to significant increases in serum potassium.

    Side Effects

    Bone marrow depression
    Abdominal pain
    Muscle cramps
    Muscle pain
    Hepatic encephalopathy
    Fluid and electrolyte disturbances
    Breast pain
    Increases in hepatic enzymes
    Blood urea increased
    Serum creatinine increased
    Dry mouth
    Postural hypotension
    Hypochloraemic alkalosis
    Metabolic alkalosis
    Blood dyscrasias
    Hypersensitivity reactions
    Intrahepatic cholestasis
    Blood lipid changes
    Cardiac arrhythmias
    Orthostatic hypotension
    Acute renal failure
    Visual disturbances
    Muscle spasm
    Reduced libido
    Complete AV block
    Angina pectoris
    Urinary retention
    Musculoskeletal pain


    It is strongly recommended that the UK National Poisons Information Service be consulted on cases of suspected or actual overdose where there is doubt over the degree of risk or about appropriate management.

    The following number will direct the caller to the relevant local centre (0844) 892 0111

    Information may be obtained if you have access to ToxBase the primary clinical toxicology database of the National Poisons Information Service. This is available via password on the internet ( ) or if this is unavailable at the backup site ( ).

    Shelf Life and Storage

    No special requirements.

    Further Information

    Last Full Review Date: April 2011

    Reference Sources

    British National Formulary, 61st Edition (2011) Pharmaceutical Press, London.

    Drugs in Pregnancy and Lactation: A Reference Guide to Fetal and Neonatal Risk, 8th edition (2008) ed. Briggs, G., Freeman, R. and Yaffe, S. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia.

    Drugs During Pregnancy and Lactation: Treatment Options and Risk Assessment, 2nd edition (2007) ed. Schaefer, C., Peters, P. and Miller, R. Elsevier, London

    Medications and Mothers' Milk, 14th Edition (2010) Hale, T. Hale Publishing, Amarillo, Texas.

    Martindale: The Complete Drug Reference, 36th edition (2009) ed. Sweetman, S. Pharmaceutical Press, London.

    Summary of product characteristics: Bumetanide / Amiloride 1mg / 5mg Tablets. Chemidex Pharma Ltd. Revised February 2010.

    The Renal Drug Handbook. 3rd edition. (2009) ed. Ashley, C and Currie, Radcliffe Publishing Ltd, Abingdon.

    US National Library of Medicine. Toxicology Data Network. Drugs and Lactation Database (LactMed).
    Available at:
    Bumetanide, Last revised: January 4, 2011.
    Last accessed: April 7, 2011.

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