Hydrochlorothiazide Oral

Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) is an oral medication approved for the treatment of high blood pressure. It can also be used to treat fluid retention caused by congestive heart failure, cirrhosis, kidney failure, and certain medications.
There are two different forms of hydrochlorothiazide: oral tablets and oral capsules. The drug is usually taken once a day, although it may be taken several times a day. It should be taken at the same time each day to maintain an even level of hydrochlorothiazide in your blood. However, some people do not need to take it every day, especially those who are taking it for fluid retention.
Although most people tolerate this medication well, it may not be suitable for everyone. You should talk to your healthcare provider before taking hydrochlorothiazide if you have other existing medical conditions (including diabetes or liver disease) or are taking any other medications.
(To learn more about this diuretic, click Hydrochlorothiazide. This article offers information on how the drug works, what side effects may occur, and what strengths are available.)
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