The medication hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) is approved for treating high blood pressure and water retention. It is a diuretic ("water pill") that is available by prescription only. Several studies have looked at the specific effects of the drug:
Hydrochlorothiazide can help with water retention by helping the body get rid of the extra fluid. The drug is approved to treat water retention (edema) when used along with other medications, including other congestive heart failure medications.
(Click Hydrochlorothiazide to learn more about hydrochlorothiazide and its effects, to find out how this medication works, and for information about various warnings associated with diuretics.)
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Electronic orange book: approved drug products with therapeutic equivalence evaluations. FDA Web site. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/cder/ob/. Accessed January 9, 2007.
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