Maxzide has been shown to be effective for controlling blood pressure without causing problems in electrolyte levels. One study gave Maxzide to people who had been taking hydrochlorothiazide but developed electrolyte imbalances, especially low potassium. In these people, the drug was effective and also helped to correct electrolyte imbalances.
Some general considerations for when and how to take the medication include:
- The drug comes in tablet form. It is usually taken by mouth once a day.
- You can take it with or without food.
- Maxzide should be taken at the same time each day to maintain even levels of the drug in your blood. However, some people do not need to take it every day, especially those taking it for fluid retention.
- Because Maxzide increases urination, it is best to take it in the morning (to avoid needing to get up to use the bathroom throughout the night), unless your healthcare provider instructs you otherwise.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. It will not work if you stop taking it.
The dosage that your healthcare provider recommends will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you may be currently taking
- How you respond to Maxzide.
As with any medication, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Maxzide Dosages for more information.)