Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets

Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) is a prescription drug used for treating high blood pressure and water retention. It is a diuretic ("water pill") that works by increasing the amount of salt and water that the kidneys remove from the blood. This action causes a decrease in blood volume. Because of this effect, the drug can lower blood pressure and help with water retention.
The medicine comes in tablet and capsule form, and is usually taken by mouth once a day. The tablet form of hydrochlorothiazide comes in two strengths: 25 mg and 50 mg. If necessary, these tablets (but not capsules) may be split in half.
Due to the diuretic effect of hydrochlorothiazide, your dosage should be taken in the morning to avoid needing to get up to use the bathroom throughout the night. If you take hydrochlorothiazide multiple times per day, it is best to take the last dose of the day before 6 p.m. unless you are instructed otherwise.
(Click Hydrochlorothiazide for more information on when and how to take this medication, to find out what side effects may occur with hydrochlorothiazide, and to learn about the warnings associated with this type of drug.)
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