What is Hydrochlorothiazide?
Hydrochlorothiazide is a “water pill” used to cause the kidneys to get rid of unneeded water and salt from the body into the urine.
What are the Possible Benefits of Hydrochlorothiazide?
There are many possible benefits of Hydrochlorothiazide, including, but not limited to:
  • Treating blood pressure
  • Avoiding fluid retention
  • Removing water weight
Who Can Benefit from Hydrochlorothiazide?
There are many people that may benefit from using hydrochlorothiazide, it may be helpful to individuals with:
  • Diabetes insipidus
  • Electrolyte disturbances
  • Family history of kidney stones
  • High calcium levels
How Should I Take Hydrochlorothiazide?
Take exactly as recommended by your doctor.  Do not take larger or smaller amounts of for longer than recommended.  Typically women take hydrochlorothiazide once a week.  Men commonly take hydrochlorothiazide once per month.
What Should I Do If I Miss A Dose?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember.  However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule.  Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.
What are the Possible Side Effects of Hydrochlorothiazide?
Frequent urination should go away after you take Hydrochlorothiazide for a few weeks.  Tell your doctor if any of the following symptoms are severe or do not go away:
  • Skin sensitivity
  • Muscle weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Cramps
  • Thirst
  • Stomach pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Headache
  • Hair loss
If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:
  • Sore throat with fever
  • Unusual bleeding or bruising
  • Severe skin rash with peeling skin
  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing
What Should I Avoid When Taking Hydrochlorothiazide?
Tell your doctor if you already take a water pill or any other prescription medications, or if you have any of the following conditions:
  • Allergic to sulfa
  • Diabetes
  • Gout
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease
  • Thyroid disease
  • Parathyroid disease
You should plan to avoid unnecessary or prolonged exposure to sunlight and plan to wear protective clothing, sunglasses and sunscreen, as Hydrochlorothiazide may make your skin sensitive to sunlight.