Microzide is a thiazide diuretic (water pill) that helps prevent your body from absorbing too much salt, which can cause fluid retention. It treats fluid retention (edema) in people with congestive heart failure, cirrhosis of the liver, or kidney disorders, or edema caused by taking steroids or estrogen. This medication is also used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). Lowering high blood pressure helps prevent strokes, heart attacks, and kidney problems.
Take Microzide exactly as prescribed by your doctor. The adult initial dose is one capsule given once daily whether given alone or in combination with other antihypertensives. Total daily doses greater than 50 mg are not recommended. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results from this medication. Your blood and urine may both be tested if you have been vomiting or are dehydrated.
Before taking Microzide you should talk with your doctor if you have liver or kidney disease, asthma or allergies, gout, diabetes, or if you are allergic to sulfa drugs. Avoid drinking alcohol, which can increase some of the side effects of hydrochlorothiazide. Avoid using other medicines that make you light-headed. Avoid becoming overheated or dehydrated during exercise and in hot weather.
Do not use Microzide if you have diabetes, hypoglycemia, renal disease, if you are allergic to hydrochlorothiazide or if you are unable to urinate. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Possible side effect
Get emergency medical help if you have stomach pain, bloating, blurred vision, bloody urine, chest pain, confusion, cough, tarry stools, diarrhea, dry mouth, fever, headache, hives, nausea, loss of appetite, increased blood pressure, vomiting, muscle cramps, pale skin, redness, trembling, unusual weight loss, yellow eyes or skin, swelling of the face, sore throat, shortness of breath. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor.
Tell your doctor about all other medications you use, especially: Acetyldigoxin, Digitalis, Flecainide, Lithium, Sotalol, Ouabain, Deslanoside, Ketanserin, Captopril, Chlorpropamide, Aceclofenac, Apazone, Ibuprofen, Spirapril, Ticrynafen, Zomepirac, Tolmetin. Interaction between two medications does not always mean that you must stop taking one of them. Tell your doctor or prescriber about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking.
Take the missed dose as soon as possible. Skip the missed dose if it is time for your next scheduled dose. Don't take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
If you think you have overdosed the medicine seek emergency medical help at once. The overdose symptoms are nausea, weakness, dizziness, dry mouth, thirst, and muscle pain or weakness.
Store the medicine at room temperature between 59-77 degrees F (15-25 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Store it in a tight container.
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