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Generic: chlorothiazide
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It increases the amount of urine passed, which causes the body to lose salt and water
               



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What is this medicine?

CHLOROTHIAZIDE (klor oh THYE a zide) is a diuretic. It increases the amount of urine passed, which causes the body to lose salt and water. This medicine is used to treat high blood pressure. It is also reduces the swelling and water retention caused by various medical conditions, such as heart, liver, or kidney disease.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • diabetes
  • immune system problems, like lupus
  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
  • small amount of urine or difficulty passing urine
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to chlorothiazide, sulfa drugs, or other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Remember that you will need to pass urine frequently after taking this medicine. Do not take your doses at a time of day that will cause you problems. Do not stop taking your medicine unless your doctor tells you to.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • barbiturates, like phenobarbital
  • lithium
  • medicines for diabetes
  • medicines for high blood pressure
  • medicines for high cholesterol, like cholestyramine or colestipol
  • NSAIDs, medicines for pain and inflammation, like ibuprofen or naproxen
  • prescription pain medicines
  • skeletal muscle relaxants like tubocurarine
  • steroid medicines like prednisone or cortisone

               
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