Hyzaar is an ARB that is used to treat high blood pressure. The specialty of this medication is its ability to treat hypertension and reduce the risk of heart attacks in individuals who have an enlarged heart. The drug is also commonly known as Losartan in the medical industry.
How it works
The drug is created by mixing losartan with hydrochlorothiazide. Therefore, the medication is effective in more than one way. As an angiotensin receptor blocker, the medication relaxes blood vessels and thereby facilitates a greater and more efficient flow of blood to the organs. Since hydrochlorothiazide is a water pill, it also reduces blood pressure by getting rid of excess edema in the body through urine. This reduces the salt and water level in the body to a great extent.
The medication is prescribed to treat or control a number of conditions. Listed below are some common uses of Hyzaar.
Prevents fluid retention by controlling salt intake
Reduces the occurrence of strokes and heart attacks – especially amongst people with heart diseases
Treats heart failure
Reduces the occurrence of certain kidney problems
This medication is usually taken once a day on a daily basis. However, your dosage can differ depending on the uniqueness of your condition. It is best to take medication during the day since the water pill can make you urinate more frequently. The drug must be consumed on a regular basis in order to experience its benefits. Do not increase the dosage without informing your physician since it can deteriorate the condition.
Make sure to contact your healthcare provider if you experience the following side effects.
Loss of appetite
Although you might not experience all of the above mentioned symptoms, it is best to stay on the lookout for them.
By following the guidelines listed below, you can ensure that the risk of experiencing these side effects are minimized to a great extent.
Do not consume alcohol since it can decrease your blood pressure even more
Avoid taking salt substitutes and potassium supplements without consulting your physician
Take blood tests, urine tests and check your kidney functions regularly
Do not change the dosage without informing your healthcare provider
Do not stop taking the medication abruptly – even if you feel normal
Inform your physician about your medical industry in detail
Check whether you are allergic to any ingredients used to create this medication
If you miss a dose, do not double it the next time. Skip it and follow your regular schedule.
Since this medication can result in frequent urination, you can become dehydrated quite easily. You need to drink a lot of water – at least 8 ounces – and other fluids – especially if you are going to exercise outdoors.
If you become pregnant during the treatment process, inform your physician immediately. Consuming Hyzaar during this period is injurious to your baby. Although it is not known whether the medication can be passed on through breastfeeding, it is best to avoid the medicine temporarily during this period.