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Hydrochlorothiazide (Microzide) - Overview
Hydrochlorothiazide, marketed under the brand name Microzide, is a diuretic and hypertensive medication. People in need of a hydrochlorothiazide prescription can connect with a medical provider through Push Health who can prescribe hydrochlorothiazide tablets when appropriate.
What Is Hydrochlorothiazide Used For?
When considering taking hydrochlorothiazide, it is helpful to know what hydrochlorothiazide is used for. Hydrochlorothiazide tablets are used as an adjunctive treatment for edema (i.e. swelling) associated with conditions such as congestive heart failure, cirrhosis of the liver, and estrogen and corticosteroid therapy and high blood pressure. Depending on the reason hydrochlorothiazide is being used, the typical starting dosage is 25 mg daily in adults. Hydrochlorothiazide is sometimes combined with valsartan as they are thought to have an additive effect. Hydrochlorothiazide is also a component of the medication Dyazide. For some practitioners, hydrochlorothiazide has fallen out of favor relative to other thiazide diuretics such as chlorthalidone. Hydrochlorothiazide is sometimes combined with the drug lisinopril in the medications Prinzide and Zestoretic. Hydrochlorothiazide, along with losartan, is used to form Hyzaar and is also used to form Ziac with bisoprolol.
Hydrochlorothiazide - Dosage and Tablets
When found in tablet form, hydrochlorothiazide comes in tablets of 12.5 mg, 25 mg and 50 mg with additional inactive ingredients. Hydrochlorothiazide tablets are white to off-white, round tablets with different markings. Hydrochlorothiazide, USP is found as a white or practically white powder. The mechanism of how hydrochlorothiazide has an antihypertensive effect is largely unknown. What is known is that hydrochlorothiazide increases the excretion of chloride and sodium in an area of the kidney known as the distal tubule. After oral administration of hydrochlorothiazide, increased production of urine (diuresis) peaks at around four hours and can last up to twelve hours. The plasma half-life of hydrochlorothiazide ranges from five to fifteen hours and elimination is largely via the kidney. Hydrochlorothiazide tablets should be stored at 20° to 25° C in a tight, light-resistant container.
Hydrochlorothiazide - Medication Cost
Hydrochlorothiazide coupons may be available at times although hydrochlorothiazide is affordable for anyone paying out of pocket. At most pharmacies, hydrochlorothiazide is under twenty cents per pill. Also, because hydrochlorothiazide is a common medication, many insurance plans will cover the cost of the medication. One thing to note is that hydrochlorothiazide is a prescription medication and is not available over-the-counter (OTC).
Can I Buy Hydrochlorothiazide (Microzide) Online?
Hydrochlorothiazide is a prescription medication in the US. As a result, hydrochlorothiazide OTC is not available and one cannot simply buy hydrochlorothiazide online as the first step is consulting a medical provider to get a prescription for hydrochlorothiazide. Instead, one needs a hydrochlorothiazide prescription to get the medication from a pharmacy from a licensed medical provider.
Hydrochlorothiazide - Side Effects
Hydrochlorothiazide is a prescription medication that can cause side effects in some people. Side effects related to hydrochlorothiazide use include nausea, diarrhea, weakness, electrolyte imbalances, myopia and acute angle-closure glaucoma. People with allergy or bronchial asthma should only use hydrochlorothiazide if directed to do so by their medical provider. People who do not produce urine or have severe kidney disease should not use hydrochlorothiazide. Additionally, anyone with a hypersensitivity or allergy to hydrochlorothiazide should avoid using it. Hydrochlorothiazide use has been associated with certain types of lip cancers. Before using hydrochlorothiazide, it is important to discuss and any all questions about potential side effects with one's medical provider and pharmacist.
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Last updated August 28, 2020. Given the evolving nature of medicine and science, this information might not be accurate and should not be construed as medical advice or diagnosis / treatment recommendations. Please consult a licensed medical provider if you have additional questions.