Compare Hydrochlorothiazide vs. Lotensin HCT

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(Hydrochlorothiazide )

Lotensin Hct
(Benazepril / Hydrochlorothiazide)

Lowers blood pressure. Removes extra water from your body. Microzide (Hydrochlorothiazide (Hctz)) is a well-tolerated water pill that's often the first-choice treatment for mild high blood pressure.Coming soon.
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Side effects
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How it works
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Microzide (Hydrochlorothiazide (Hctz)) is a thiazide diuretic (water pill). It works in the kidneys to make you urinate more, which removes extra water and certain electrolytes. This lowers blood pressure and swelling.Coming soon.
Type of medication
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Prescription only
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Available as
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Used for (click to learn more)
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  • Hypertension
Risk factors for serious side effects
HydrochlorothiazideLotensin HCT
  • Current electrolyte imbalance
  • History of sulfa allergies
  • History of gout
  • Current kidney problems
    Detailed Microzide (Hydrochlorothiazide (Hctz)) risks & warnings »
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    Pregnancy category
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    BFDA pregnancy category (Probably safe)

    Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

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    DFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

    Research studies with real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

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    No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.
    No specific food-related info.No specific food-related info.
    Kidneys and liver
    • Doesn't work well in people with severe kidney problems.
    • Requires routine blood tests to check kidney function.
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    No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.
    No specific sleep-related info.No specific sleep-related info.
    No specific weight-related info.No specific weight-related info.
    Upsides and benefits
    HydrochlorothiazideLotensin HCT
    • Works well to get rid of extra fluids in your body through urination.
    • A first-choice blood pressure treatment for many people. Works especially well for African Americans.
    • Lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke.
    • Good option if you have both high blood pressure and heart failure.
    • Raises calcium levels in the body, so it can be good for people with osteoporosis to slow down bone loss and even help with new bone formation.
    • Most people have very few side effects.
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    Downsides and risks
    HydrochlorothiazideLotensin HCT
    • Makes you urinate more often.
    • Doesn't work well in people with severe kidney problems.
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    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    HydrochlorothiazideLotensin HCT
    • Starts working in about 2 hours.
    • Makes you urinate more often, so avoid taking it at bedtime.
    • Can cause dizziness in the first few days.
    • Check your blood pressure 1 week after starting this medicine, and tell your doctor if it hasn't improved.
    • Tell your doctor about any dizziness, fatigue, or muscle weakness that doesn't go away.
    • Requires routine blood tests to check kidney function.
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