|Systematic (IUPAC) name|
|Pregnancy cat.||B (US)|
|Legal status||℞-only (US)|
|Half-life||6 to 9 hours|
|Excretion||unchanged in urine|
|Mol. mass||229.627 g/mol|
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Amiloride is a potassium-sparing diuretic, first approved for use in 1967 (then known as MK 870), used in the management of hypertension and congestive heart failure. Amiloride was also tested as treatment of cystic fibrosis, but it was revealed inefficient in vivo due to its short time of action, therefore longer-acting ENaC inhibitors may prove more effective, e.g. Benzamil.
Mechanism of action
Amiloride works by directly blocking the epithelial sodium channel (ENaC) thereby inhibiting sodium reabsorption in the late distal convoluted tubules, connecting tubules, and collecting ducts in the kidneys (this mechanism is the same for triamterene). This promotes the loss of sodium and water from the body, but without depleting potassium. The drug is often used in conjunction with thiazide (e.g. co-amilozide) or loop diuretics (e.g. co-amilofruse). Due to its potassium-sparing capacities, hyperkalemia (high blood potassium levels) is occasionally observed in patients taking amiloride. The risk is high in concurrent use of ACE inhibitors or spironolactone. Patients are also advised not to use potassium-containing salt replacements. Amiloride also carries the risk of developing an acidosis.
Amiloride has a second action on the heart, blocking Na+/H+ exchangers Sodium-hydrogen antiporter 1 or NHE-1. This minimizes reperfusion injury in ischemic attacks.
Formulations and trade names
- amiloride hydrochloride
- Midamor (U.S.)
- co-amilozide (amiloride hydrochloride with hydrochlorothiazide)
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