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Eprosartan/HCTZ is prescribed for the treatment of high blood pressure in adults. The drug is not approved for use in children younger than 18. It works by relaxing the blood vessels and increasing the amount of salt and water that is removed from the blood, which causes a decrease in blood volume. At this time, there are no universally accepted off-label eprosartan/HCTZ uses.
An Overview of Uses for Eprosartan/HCTZEprosartan/HCTZ (Teveten® HCT) is a prescription medication used to treat high blood pressure. It combines two high blood pressure medications: eprosartan (Teveten) and hydrochlorothiazide (Microzide®, Oretic®), or HCTZ for short.
Eprosartan/HCTZ is not approved as an initial treatment for high blood pressure. It may be a good option for people whose blood pressure is not adequately controlled with eprosartan or hydrochlorothiazide alone. This medicine may also be a good choice for people who are already taking eprosartan and hydrochlorothiazide as two separate pills and want to take one pill instead of two.
Eprosartan/HCTZ Use for High Blood PressureBlood pressure is a measurement of the force inside your blood vessels -- both while the heart is beating and while it is relaxed. High blood pressure, known medically as hypertension, is when that force is too high. When you have high blood pressure, your heart has to work harder to pump blood through your body.
Your healthcare provider determines if you have high blood pressure by taking blood pressure readings. There are two numbers in a blood pressure reading. The top number, or the systolic number, is a measurement of blood pressure when the heart is beating. The bottom number, or the diastolic number, is a measurement of blood pressure when the heart is relaxed.
High blood pressure is usually defined as an average blood pressure higher than 140/90, over multiple blood pressure readings. However, in some cases, your healthcare provider may consider a lower blood pressure reading to be too high, which might be the case if you have certain medical conditions such as diabetes.
Most people with high blood pressure will not experience any symptoms. However, over time, high blood pressure can damage many of the body's vital organs, including the eyes, heart, brain, and kidneys. Because of this damage, untreated high blood pressure may lead to serious health problems, such as:
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