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The prescription medication eprosartan/HCTZ (Teveten® HCT) is used for controlling high blood pressure. It combines two blood pressure medications -- eprosartan (Teveten) is an angiotensin II receptor blocker and hydrochlorothiazide (Microzide®, Oretic®), or HCTZ for short, is a diuretic or "water pill."
Although eprosartan/HCTZ is an effective blood pressure drug for many people, you should review information on potential safety precautions before beginning treatment. For instance, this medicine may not be the best choice for people with severe kidney disease, diabetes, or gout.
As a combination medication, eprosartan/HCTZ works in two different ways. The eprosartan component relaxes the blood vessels throughout the body by blocking certain receptors. The HCTZ component reduces blood volume by increasing the amount of salt and water removed from the blood.
Eprosartan comes as a tablet that is typically taken by mouth once a day. Because the medication increases urination, it is best to take it in the morning to avoid needing to get up to use the bathroom throughout the night.
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