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hydrochlorothiazide and captopril (cont.)

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking hydrochlorothiazide and captopril (Capozide 25/15, Capozide 25/25, Capozide 50/15, Capozide 50/25)?

Do not use this medication if you are allergic to hydrochlorothiazide or captopril, or if you have:

  • a history of asthma or allergies; or
  • if you are unable to urinate.

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to any other ACE inhibitor, such as benazepril (Lotensin), fosinopril (Monopril), enalapril (Vasotec), lisinopril (Prinivil, Zestril), moexipril (Univasc), perindopril (Aceon), quinapril (Accupril), ramipril (Altace), or trandolapril (Mavik).

To make sure you can safely take hydrochlorothiazide and captopril, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:

  • kidney disease (or if you are on dialysis);
  • liver disease;
  • glaucoma;
  • congestive heart failure;
  • gout;
  • lupus;
  • diabetes; or
  • an allergy to sulfa drugs or penicillin

FDA pregnancy category D. Do not use hydrochlorothiazide and captopril if you are pregnant. It could harm the unborn baby. Stop using this medication and tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant. Use effective birth control while taking hydrochlorothiazide and captopril.

Hydrochlorothiazide can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I take hydrochlorothiazide and captopril (Capozide 25/15, Capozide 25/25, Capozide 50/15, Capozide 50/25)?

Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results.

Take each dose with a full glass of water.

Conditions that may cause very low blood pressure include: vomiting, diarrhea, heavy sweating, heart disease, dialysis, a low-salt diet, or taking diuretics (water pills). Follow your doctor's instructions about the type and amount of liquids you should drink while taking hydrochlorothiazide and captopril. Tell your doctor if you have a prolonged illness that causes diarrhea or vomiting.

Your blood pressure will need to be checked often. Your blood and urine may also be tested if you have been vomiting or are dehydrated. Visit your doctor regularly.

Hydrochlorothiazide can interfere with the results of a thyroid test. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using a thiazide diuretic.

Keep using this medicine as directed, even if you feel well. High blood pressure often has no symptoms. You may need to use blood pressure medication for the rest of your life.

Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.

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