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What is Enalapril–Hydrochlorothiazide used for?

Enalapril–Hydrochlorothiazide is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). This combination drug contains two medicines: Enalapril (ACE inhibitor) and Hydrochlorothiazide (a diuretic). By relaxing blood vessels and by getting rid of extra salt and water in your body, Enalapril–Hydrochlorothiazide lowers blood pressure. Lowering high blood pressure helps prevent strokes, heart attacks, and kidney problems. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What is the recommended dosage of Enalapril–Hydrochlorothiazide?

The dosage of Enalapril–Hydrochlorothiazide prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

Enalapril–Hydrochlorothiazide can be taken with or without food.

What if you miss a dose of Enalapril–Hydrochlorothiazide?

If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Enalapril–Hydrochlorothiazide medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.

What if you overdose on Enalapril–Hydrochlorothiazide?

Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Enalapril–Hydrochlorothiazide, seek medical attention immediately.

What other drugs could interact with Enalapril–Hydrochlorothiazide?

It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Enalapril–Hydrochlorothiazide.

Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Enalapril–Hydrochlorothiazide, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Enalapril–Hydrochlorothiazide can interact with corticosteroids and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications.

Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

What are the side effects of Enalapril–Hydrochlorothiazide?

Like other medicines, Enalapril–Hydrochlorothiazide can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Enalapril–Hydrochlorothiazide are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

It is pertinent to note that side effects of Enalapril–Hydrochlorothiazide cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Enalapril–Hydrochlorothiazide develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Enalapril–Hydrochlorothiazide can cause side effects such as cough, dizziness, tiredness, muscle cramps, impotence, and headache. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Enalapril–Hydrochlorothiazide.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Enalapril–Hydrochlorothiazide?

Is it possible for me to take Enalapril–Hydrochlorothiazide with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Enalapril–Hydrochlorothiazide?
What are the possible drug interactions of Enalapril–Hydrochlorothiazide?
How will Enalapril–Hydrochlorothiazide work in my body?
How should Enalapril–Hydrochlorothiazide be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Enalapril–Hydrochlorothiazide drug interactions and side effects?

Note

The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Enalapril–Hydrochlorothiazide is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.

 

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