Many people who are hypertensive also have fluid retention that causes swelling in the hands and especially in the ankles. To help lower your blood pressure and reduce swelling, your doctor may recommend a prescription for Dyazide. This is a combination of two diuretics, or water pills.
Dyazide or generic Triamterene/HCTZ is not a cure for hypertension, but it can reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, and kidney disease from your heart being overworked trying to supply oxygen-rich blood to your other organs. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
The first is Triamterene, a potassium-sparing diuretic; and the second is Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ). When taken as directed, Dyazide works to increase the amount of fluid that is excreted by your kidneys as urine and stimulates your kidneys to remove more sodium (salt) from your body without losing too much potassium. This results in a reduction of total blood volume within your body so your blood pressure is lower.
There are several possible reasons for being hypertensive; such as being overweight, consuming too much alcohol, stress, and a poor diet with high salt intake. There are seldom any symptoms to indicate your blood pressure is high and this is usually discovered at the doctor’s office during a routine exam.
If you know of any family members with hypertension, your odds increase for having it as well. Exercising, eating healthy and finding ways to reduce your stress levels can help you avoid the risk of hypertension and the need for long-term medication. For those that do need medical help, talk to your doctor about Dyazide.
Make sure your doctor is aware of other medical conditions and allergies you have so it can be decided if Dyazide is the right drug for your situation. Go over the list of current Rx medications you take or use and include OTC drugs, dietary and vitamin supplements, and herbal remedies, as combining Dyazide with any of these could cause an adverse effect.
Dyazide can pass into breast milk so do not nurse your baby while taking it to avoid possible harm. It is unknown what effects Dyazide may have on an unborn baby so tell your doctor if you are pregnant or may become pregnant. Until you know how Dyazide will affect you, use caution while driving or participating in any activities that require you to be alert and clear-headed.