Hydrochlorothiazide as a water pill helps with the prevention of inordinate absorption of salt which could lead to edema (fluid retention). HCTZ works effectively for the therapy of patients with liver disease, kidney disease, edema or congestive heart failure. It also consumed for the core of hypertension.
HCTZ capsules are oral medications found in 12.5mg with these inactive ingredients:
· Colloidal silicon dioxide;
· Lactose monohydrate;
· Corn starch;
· Magnesium stearate.
HCTZ is a potent drug that works for diverse kinds of treatments. HCTZ works for the cure of hypertension (HBP). The reduction in high blood Pressure helps with the prevention of kidney problems, heart attacks, and strokes. HCTZ drugs which fall under the class of medications referred to as diuretic allow the body to excrete more urine. The body through this passes out excess salt and water. Edema is reduced from the use of this drug. Edema may lead to kidney disease, liver disease or congestive heart failure. Through this, the signs of inflammation in the feet and ankle; and shortness of breath are reduced.
Mode of Indication, Dosage, and Duration of Treatment
Ensure you adhere to all given instructions by your doctor or pharmacist. The medication comes with a prescription mark which is meant to be followed. You are expected not to take this medication more, less or longer than it’s required. There may be changes in your medication by your doctor for a positive treatment outcome. Ensure you see your doctor as there may be a need for a frequent blood pressure check-up. There may be a need for test of urine or blood. HCTZ may be a lifetime medication for patients who are on the therapy of high blood pressure. Follow your doctor’s or pharmacist’s directions on the number of doses and the duration uses
You are recommended to take these precautionary measures before or when using HCTZ:
· Patients who are allergic to HCTZ or those that have problems with urination should keep away from its use.
· For safety’s sake, ensure you notify the doctor if you experience these illnesses:
o Asthma or allergies;
o Kidney disease;
o Liver disease;
o An allergy to sulfa drugs.
· Pregnant women and lactating mothers should notify their doctors before the use of HCTZ.
You are expected to seek immediate medical help if you begin to have any symptoms of allergic reactions to HCTZ. These may be difficulty in breathing, hives, and inflammation of your throat, lips, tongue or face. You should notify the doctor if these side effects are discovered:
· Dry mouth;
· Vision problems;
· Fast heartbeat;
· Muscle tenderness or weakness;
· Loss of appetite;
· Low fever;
· Stomach pain;
· A red, blistering, peeling skin rash;
· Numbness or tingly feeling;
· Blurred vision.
In a situation whereby you forget to use your prescribed medicine, you can always take it at the moment of recollection. However, mind the time for the next dose if not close. Taking two doses at one time should be avoided.
Peradventure you take more than the prescribed doses, quickly see your doctor or call for emergency medical help. The following are typical symptoms that may surface from the intake of more than the required dosages:
· Dry mouth;
· Muscle tenderness or weakness.
Interaction with other drugs
Ensure you notified the doctor before using any new medication or if you have been on the use of drugs that result in light-headed. These drugs may lead to obnoxious effects in patients.
Ensure you notified the doctor if you have been on any of the following medications:
· Cholestyramine or colestipol;
· Meloxicam, and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs;
· Steroids and other BP medications;
· Insulin or oral diabetes medication.