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This medication is used for lowering blood pressure in hypertensive (increased blood pressure) patients and for treating edema (excess fluid in the body) associated with heart disease. It can also be used to treat Nephrotic Syndrome.


This medicine is contraindicated in patients suffering from renal (kidney) decompensation and anuria (non-passage of urine).

Side effects

Patients administered with this medicine may experience anorexia (eating disorder characterized by abnormally low body weight) and epigastric distress (pain right below ribs, in the upper abdomen (stomach area).

Expert Advice

  • Take with meals.
  • Change position slowly.
  • Include potassium rich foods in diet such as bananas and orange juice.
  • If you have diabetes, check blood sugar level regularly and inform prescriber about changes.


What is hydrochlorothiazide and how does it work?

It is a diuretic which helps to lower the blood pressure by removing extra water and certain electrolytes from your body. It also relaxes the blood vessels and improves blood flow. It is also used to treat excessive accumulation of fluid in the body.

Is this medicine a statin?

No. This medicine is a derivative of chlorothiazide.

Is this drug bad for my kidneys?

No this drug is safe to use in kidneys. Consult your doctor if you have any kidney disease, he will alter the dosage of this medicine accordingly.

When is the right time to take this medicine?

It advised to take this medicine with breakfast in the morning to avoid excessive urination at night.

Can I use this medicine during pregnancy?

Yes, you may use this drug in pregnancy but with your doctor’s advice.

Is this medicine safe to use in breast-feeding?

No, this medicine is not recommended for use during lactation.

I have diabetes, can I use this medication?

This medicine increases blood glucose levels in patients with diabetes. It is therefore advised to use this drug cautiously and upon doctor’s advice only. Regular glucose monitoring is necessary with the use of this drug.

Can this medicine be used if I have a liver failure?

This medicine should be used with caution in patients suffering from any liver disease. If you experience any symptoms of jaundice please consult your doctor.