Aquazide is a medicine used to treat conditions in the human body that require the removal of excessive water. Examples of such conditions include ; high blood pressure, disorders involving the kidney, liver cirrhosis, congestive heart failure, estrogen and corticosteroid therapy. When aquazide (Hydrochlorothiazide) is used to treat high blood pressure, it can be used solo or combined with other medication. The thiazide ingredient in hydrochlorothiazide acts as a diuretic, and it is essential in prompting the body to produce and release more urine and the more it does so, the more it helps in lowering blood pressure.
How to use Aquazide
Patients suffering from high blood pressure are advised to use aquazide (Hydrochlorothiazide) regularly for it to be effective. Blood pressure treatment happens gradually and as so, it can take up to weeks of effective treatment before the full benefits of the treatment are realized. Aquazide should only be taken as prescribed by a physician. The dosage should be taken until completion even if the patient starts feeling well before the dose is complete. It is important for patients using this medication to remember that this medicine does not cure high blood pressure; rather, it keeps it under check.
Dosage for a patient should be strictly determined by a qualified physician. The physician will assess the severity of the condition, the medical history of the patient and current medical condition and determine the best dosage for their therapy. For adults with no history on allergic reactions, a typical dose for removing excess fluids ranges between 25mg and 100mg per day. This may be taken as one single dose or subdivided into smaller doses, depending on what the physician suggests for your treatment. Dosage for high blood pressure may be adjusted depending on whether other medications are used together with the treatment.
It is common for a patient to be put on a day off schedule depending on how they respond to the treatment. Always stick to the prescription given by a physician and in case of any concern, consult for further advice.
Aquazide Side Effects
Patients may experience side effects during the use of aquazide treatment for high blood pressure. Though side effects may not be anticipated, these are some common side effects found with patients using the medicine:
Reduced blood pressure
Low potassium which leads to dry mouth, pains in muscles, irregular heartbeats, cramps, abnormal thirst
General body weakness
Patients should consult their physicians to establish the seriousness of these side effects and the best probable solution. It is advised against for patients to alter their prescriptions or stop using the medicine altogether due to the experiencing of these symptoms. Adverse side effects include muscle spasms, pancreas inflammation, impotence, skin rashes and sensitivity to light, yellow skin and eyes, kidney failure and spots on the skin.
This medication is not to be prescribed to patients unable to urinate. It is also not suitable for patients with known allergic reactions to Hydrochlorothiazide and drugs with similar ingredients. Patients sensitive to drugs derived from sulfornamide such as sulfa should not use this medication.