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Hyzaar is a drug used in the treatment of high blood pressure or hypertension Patients can also use it to lower the risk of strokes in some patients with heart disease. Hyzaar consists of a combination of hydrocholorothiazide and losartan. Hydrocholrothiazide is a thiazide diuretic (water pill) that works to prevent the body from absorbing excessive salt.
Absorbing excess salt causes too much fluid retention. Losartan is also known as an angiotensin that helps keep blood vessels from becoming too narrow. It helps to lower blood pressure and maintain good circulation of blood flow.
Important information regarding Hyzaar
Hyzaar is not to be used by those that are pregnant. If you are taking Hyzaar and become pregnant, stop taking the medication immediately and consult with your physician. If for any reason you have issues with urination, don't take the medication.
Anybody with a history of congestive heart failure, liver or kidney disease, asthma, glaucoma, lupus, diabetes, high or low Potassium blood levels should inform their doctor before taking the medication. In addition, if you have history of allergies to penicillin or sulfa drugs, let your doctor know right away. Hyzaar might affect judgment or reaction speed, therefore exercise the utmost caution if driving or operating heavy machinery.
Be careful when drinking alcohol while taking Hyzaar, you can further decrease your blood pressure increasing any side effects of Hyzaar.
It's important to follow your physician's guidelines in regards to fluid intake when taking Hyzaar. Drinking excessive liquid with Hyzaar has been known to be as dangerous as not taking in enough. Try not to become dehydrated or too overheated when exercising in especially hot weather. Unless specifically authorized by your physician, avoid taking any salt substitutes or potassium supplements while on Hyzaar.
In extremely uncommon cases, Hyzaar may precipitate a breaking down of skeletal muscle tissue conducive to kidney failure. If you experience any inexplicable muscle tenderness or pain along with fever and excessive weakness or tiredness associated with taking Hyzaar, consult your physician immediately. Also beware of any unusual darkness in your urine when taking Hyzaar.
Directions for taking Hyzaar
Again we must emphasize the importance of taking Hyzaar exactly as directed by the physician.
As with all strong medications, it should be kept well away from the reachof children. Only the person Hyzaar was prescribed to should ever take Hyzaar. Do not take Hyzaar in smaller or larger amounts than recommended, be sure to follow the exact directions on the prescription label.
Keep your doctor informed on your progress, they may choose to alter your dosage in order to garner the best results. It's recommended to take Hyzaar with about eight ounces of water. If you experience any discomfort like sweating, diarrhea or vomiting when taking Hyzaar, consult your physician immediately. Stay aware of your blood pressure, it needs to be checked regularly.
It's certainly convenient to have a blood pressure checker in your residence to stay on top of it. Your doctor may also recommend testing your kidney functioning from time to time to err on the side of caution when taking Hyzaar. Inform your physician should you require surgery or any medical testing well ahead of time. If another doctor prescribes you any other medication especially containing hydrochlorothiazide, you should stop taking Hyzaar, inform your original physician. Unfortunately, when dealingwith high blood pressure, you may be required to stay on the Hyzaar for your entire life.
Even if you start to feel well after taking Hyzaar for a while, high blood pressure has no symptoms, so it's in your best interest to keep on taking Hyzaar as prescribed. Keep Hyzaar stored at a moderate temperature away from undue heat or moisture.
Hyzaar side effects
Hyzaar is a very powerful and dangerous drug. You should be well aware of your body's response to the medication. Exercise utmost caution when taking Hyzaar, your life could well depend on it. If you experience any of the listed side effects, consult your physician immediately;
• vision issues, eye trouble
• feeling light-headed, fainting;
• gaining weight quickly
• urinating issues
• Mood changes, drowsiness, nausea
• faster rate of heartbeat
• pale skin, bruising easily or bleeding;
• jaundice or yellow colorization of the skin
• high potassium, slow heart rate, weakness, tingly feeling).
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