Lisinopril hctz (hydrochlorothiazide) is a widely prescribed medicine for the treatment of high blood pressure.
An Angiotensin Converting Enzyme inhibitor and thiazide diuretic combination, Lisinopril hctz acts by widening or relaxing the blood vessels and also by removing the extra fluids.
The drug is only available with a prescription. Lisinopril hctz is an oral drug that can be taken in empty stomach or with food. While taking the drug, you have to drink a lot of fluids.
When you are on Lisinopril hctz medication, take care that you follow the doctor’s direction very strictly. Never take larger amounts of Lisinopril hctz or use the medicine for longer periods unless your physician has prescribed. If you want better results, take the drug at the same time every day.
Never miss any dose if you want to see good results. In case you miss the scheduled drug, have it when you remember it. However, keep in mind not to use the skipped dose if it is time for your regular dosage. Never go for a double dosage as it only increases the risk of side effects.
Well, if you think o having taken an overdose, seek immediate medical help.
Before the doctor advises Lisinopril hctz, you should have to discuss with him about all your medical conditions, including your allergies and also ailments. It is better if the doctor knows if you have any allergies to any particular medicine, food or any substance, including the ingredients of lisinopril and hydrochlorothiazide. You should also tell the physician if you are having any problems of the liver, heart, blood and kidney. You should also not hide from the physician if you are diabetic or if you have gout or electrolyte imbalances, collagen vascular disorders, bone marrow problems, immune problems and asthma.
Pregnant women and Breast-feeding women should only take Lisinopril hctz after consulting the doctor.
Lisinopril hctz is not prescribed if you are using any sulfonamide medicines or if you are having a history of angioedema and if you have problems in urinating.
Certain medicines are known to interact with Lisinopril hctz. So it is better to tell the doctor about all the medications that you are taking.
After taking Lisinopril hctz, do not drive or perform any hard works, as the drug is known to cause dizziness. This condition worsens if you consume alcohol while taking Lisinopril hctz.
If you are going for any surgery or dental care, inform the doctor ahead that you are on Lisinopril hctz medication. You should also avoid direct sunlight, as the drug is sensitive to sunlight.
When you are going for any lab tests after taking Lisinopril hctz, you should have to inform the lab technician or the doctor that you are under Lisinopril hctz medciation as the drug can alter some lab results.
As like all medicines, Lisinopril hctz also comes with many allergic reactions like hives, breathing difficulty and swelling. Some of the common side effects that comes with Lisinopril hctz are dizziness, nausea, headache, cough and vomiting.
Some of the serious side effects include chest pain, dark urine, irregular heartbeat, joint pain and vision changes.