Hydrochlorothiazide belongs to a class of medications called Diuretics. It works on your kidneys to get rid of extra water and salts in your body.
This medication is used to remove excess fluid from your body. This will decrease the pressure on the blood vessels and allow the heart to work less hard. Hence, it may also be used to treat high blood pressure.
Inform your healthcare professional if these side effects do not go away and become bothersome to you.
Very rarely, this medication may be linked to the increased risk of Non-melanoma skin cancer. Overseas studies involving Caucasians (fair skin) have shown that taking higher doses of this medication for long periods of time is linked to a very small risk of this skin cancer. The results of these studies cannot be directly applied to most of the Singaporean population as the skin types are very different. The risk of this skin cancer caused by this medication is likely to be lower in the local population
The symptoms of a drug allergy include one or more of the following:
If you experience any of these symptoms, you should stop your medication and see your healthcare professional immediately.
Inform your healthcare professional if:
If you miss a dose, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only the usual dose. Do not double your dose or use extra medication to make up for the missed dose.
Throw away all expired medications
Pack this medication into a black trash bag and seal it tightly before throwing into the rubbish chute or bin.
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