Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) is a prescription drug licensed for the treatment of high blood pressure and fluid retention. It is generally a very well-tolerated medication. However, some people may need to find a hydrochlorothiazide substitute if they experience any side effects or do not feel that their condition is adequately controlled.
Some of the things that can be used as a substitute for hydrochlorothiazide for the treatment of high blood pressure include:
- Losing weight
- Limiting your salt intake
- Becoming more physically active
- Drinking less alcohol
- Modifying your diet (including more fruits and vegetables)
- Taking other blood pressure medications.
Other methods for treating water retention include:
- Limiting your salt and fluid intake
- Wearing support stockings to reduce fluid retention in the legs
- Becoming more active (avoiding sitting or standing in the same position for too long)
- Taking other diuretic medications.
(Click Hydrochlorothiazide Alternatives for more information about the various substitutes for hydrochlorothiazide and to find out what other medications can be used to treat water retention or high blood pressure.)