|Trade names||Midamor, others|
|Bioavailability||Readily absorbed, 15–25%|
|Onset of action||2 hours (peak at 6–10 hours, duration ~24 hours)|
|Biological half-life||6 to 9 hours|
|Excretion||urine (20–50%), feces (40%)|
|Chemical and physical data|
|Molar mass||229.627 g/mol|
|3D model (JSmol)|
Amiloride, sold under the trade name Midamor among others, is a medication typically used with other medications to treat high blood pressure or swelling due to heart failure or cirrhosis of the liver. Amiloride is often used with a thiazide or other loop diuretic. It is taken by mouth. Onset of action is about two hours and it lasts for about a day.
Common side effects include high blood potassium, vomiting, loss of appetite, rash, and headache. The risk of high blood potassium is greater in those with kidney problems, diabetes, and those who are older. Amiloride is in the potassium-sparing diuretic family of medications. It works by increasing the amount of sodium and decreasing the amount of potassium released by the distal tubule of the kidney.
Amiloride was developed in 1967. It is on the World Health Organization's List of Essential Medicines, the most effective and safe medicines needed in a health system. In the United States the wholesale price of a month of medication is about 20.10 USD. In the United Kingdom a month of medication costs the NHS about 24 pounds.
- Common adverse effects:
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 nephron. This promotes the loss of sodium and water from the body, and reduces potassium excretion. The drug is often used in conjunction with a thiazide diuretic to counteract the potassium-losing effect. Due to its potassium-sparing capacities, hyperkalemia can occur. The risk of developing hyperkalemia is increased in patients who are also on ACE inhibitors, angiotensin II receptor antagonists, other potassium-sparing diuretics, or any potassium-containing supplements.
Amiloride has a second action on the heart, blocking Na+/H+ exchangers sodium–hydrogen antiporter 1 or NHE-1. This minimizes re-perfusion injury in ischemic attacks.
Amiloride also blocks the Na+/H+ antiporter on the apical surface of the proximal tubule cells, in the nephron, abolishing more than 80% of the action of angiotensin II on the secretion of hydrogen ions in proximal tubule cells.
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 epithelial sodium channel (ENaC) inhibitors may prove more effective, e.g. benzamil.
Society and culture
It is on the World Health Organization's List of Essential Medicines, the most important medications needed in a basic health system.
Formulations and trade names
- Amiloride hydrochloride
- Midamor (U.S.)
- Co-amilozide (amiloride hydrochloride with hydrochlorothiazide)
- Co-amilofruse (amiloride hydrochloride with furosemide)
- Amiloride hydrochloride with cyclopenthiazide
- Amiloride hydrochloride with bumetanide
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