If you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure or are taking hypertensive meds but your blood pressure is not under control, your doctor may prescribe Hydrodiuril . This is a diuretic medication, also referred to as a water pill, that can help lower your blood pressure and reduce your risk of heart or kidney disease.
You may also be asked to take Hydrodiuril or generic Hydrochlorothiazide (also called HCTZ) if you are dealing with water retention (edema) as a result of congestive heart failure, renal failure, or from certain drugs you are taking. Hydrodiuril may be prescribed along with a potassium-sparing drug to prevent potassium levels from dropping. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
Hydrodiuril is a thiazide drug that will work by inhibiting your kidney’s from retaining fluid so excess water is expelled through urination. This action will lower blood volume and decrease cardiac output so blood flow through your arteries is less forceful and more unlikely to cause damage to arterial walls. Hydrochlorothiazide is a calcium-sparing diuretic as well. This means that as your body rids itself of excess fluid, calcium levels are not affected.
Hypertension is a worldwide problem as it continues to be a dominant risk factor for cardiovascular diseases. Do yourself and your family a favor and promote lifestyle changes. This includes eating a healthier diet with less salt and more fruits and vegetables, being more active, consuming less alcohol, quitting tobacco, and exercising for weight loss.
If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or are breast feeding, talk to your doctor about possible risks to your unborn or nursing baby. Inform your doctor about other medical conditions or allergies you have and list any OTC or Rx medications you currently take or use, including herbal remedies and vitamin supplements. Your doctor can then determine if Hydrodiuril is the right drug for you.
There is no cure for hypertension so you may be required to take Hydrodiuril long-term to keep your blood pressure under control. Lifestyle changes are an important 1st step but it can be a slow process so have patience. Keep this and other meds out of children’s reach. Ask your doctor before you start or stop any meds and do not alter the dosage unless under the advice of your doctor. As Hydrodiuril increases urination, take it in the morning so your sleep is not interrupted.