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Methyldopa / HCTZ Coupon - Methyldopa / HCTZ 250mg/25mg tablet

Generic Aldoril

HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE; METHYLDOPA is a combination of a diuretic and another medicine used to lower blood pressure. It is used to treat high blood pressure. Compare central alpha agonist / thiazide diuretic combinations.
Methyldopa / HCTZ Coupon - Methyldopa / HCTZ 250mg/25mg tablet
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Methyldopa / HCTZ Side Effects

What should I watch for?

Visit your doctor for regular checks on your progress. Check your blood pressure as directed. Ask your doctor what your blood pressure should be and when you should contact him or her.

You may need to be on a special diet while taking this medicine. Ask your doctor.

Check with your doctor if you get an attack of severe diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, or if you sweat a lot. The loss of too much body fluid can make it dangerous for you to take this medicine.

You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol may interfere with the effect of this medicine. Avoid alcoholic drinks.

This medicine may make you more sensitive to the sun. Keep out of the sun. If you cannot avoid being in the sun, wear protective clothing and use sunscreen. Do not use sun lamps or tanning beds/booths.

This medicine may affect blood sugar levels. If you have diabetes, check with your doctor before you change your diet or the dose of your diabetic medicine.

Your mouth may get dry. Chewing sugarless gum or sucking hard candy, and drinking plenty of water will help. Contact your doctor if the problem does not go away or is severe.

Iron can stop the absorption of this medicine. Do not take this medicine with iron preparations or multiple vitamins containing iron. If you have to take iron, make sure that you take this medicine 2 hours before or 6 hours after the iron.

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Common and Rare Side Effects

Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:

Rare

Unexplained fever shortly after starting to take this medicine

Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:

Signs and symptoms of too much potassium loss

Dry mouth

increased thirst

irregular heartbeats

muscle cramps or pain

nausea or vomiting

unusual tiredness or weakness

weak pulse

Less common

Mental depression or anxiety

nightmares or unusually vivid dreams

Rare

Cough or hoarseness

dark or amber urine

diarrhea or stomach cramps (severe or continuing)

fever, chills, troubled breathing, and fast heartbeat

general feeling of discomfort or illness or weakness

joint pain

lower back or side pain

painful or difficult urination

pale stools

skin rash, hives, or itching

stomach pain (severe) with nausea and vomiting

tiredness or weakness after having taken this medicine for several weeks (continuing)

yellow eyes or skin

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

More common

Dizziness or light-headedness when getting up from a lying or sitting position

drowsiness

dryness of mouth

headache

Less common

Decreased sexual ability or interest in sex

diarrhea

increased sensitivity of skin to sunlight (skin rash, itching, redness or other discoloration of skin or severe sunburn after exposure to sunlight)

loss of appetite

numbness, tingling, pain, or weakness in hands or feet

slow heartbeat

stuffy nose

swelling of breasts or unusual milk production

Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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