Hydro-Reserp (as a combination product containing Hydrochlorothiazide, Reserpine)

Name: Hydro-Reserp (as a combination product containing Hydrochlorothiazide, Reserpine)

How should this medicine be used?

Hydrochlorothiazide comes as a tablet, capsule, and solution (liquid) to take by mouth. It usually is taken once or twice a day. When used to treat edema, hydrochlorothiazide may be taken daily or only on certain days of the week. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take hydrochlorothiazide exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.

Hydrochlorothiazide controls high blood pressure but does not cure it. Continue to take hydrochlorothiazide even if you feel well. Do not stop taking hydrochlorothiazide without talking to your doctor.

What special precautions should I follow?

Before taking hydrochlorothiazide,

  • tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to hydrochlorothiazide, sulfonamide antibiotic medications, penicillin, or any other drugs.
  • tell your doctor and pharmacist what other prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and herbal products you are taking or plan to take. Be sure to mention any of the following: barbiturates such as phenobarbital and secobarbital (Seconal); corticosteroids such as betamethasone (Celestone), budesonide (Entocort), cortisone (Cortone), dexamethasone (Decadron, Dexpak, Dexasone, others), fludrocortisone (Florinef), hydrocortisone (Cortef, Hydrocortone), methylprednisolone (Medrol, Meprolone, others), prednisolone (Prelone, others), prednisone (Deltasone, Meticorten, Sterapred, others), and triamcinolone (Aristocort, Azmacort); corticotropin (ACTH, H.P., Acthar Gel); insulin and oral medications for diabetes; lithium (Eskalith, Lithobid); medications for high blood pressure or pain; nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others) and naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn, others). Your doctor may need to change the doses of your medications or monitor you carefully for side effects.
  • if you are taking cholestyramine or colestipol, take them 1 hour before or 4 hours after taking hydrochlorothiazide.
  • tell your doctor if you have kidney disease. Your doctor may tell you not to take hydrochlorothiazide.
  • tell your doctor if you have or have ever had diabetes, asthma. gout, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE, a chronic inflammatory condition), high cholesterol, or liver disease.
  • tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding. If you become pregnant while taking hydrochlorothiazide, call your doctor immediately.
  • plan to avoid unnecessary or prolonged exposure to sunlight and to wear protective clothing, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Hydrochlorothiazide may make your skin sensitive to sunlight.
  • you should know that hydrochlorothiazide may cause dizziness, lightheadedness, and fainting when you get up too quickly from a lying position. This is more common when you first start taking hydrochlorothiazide. To avoid this problem, get out of bed slowly, resting your feet on the floor for a few minutes before standing up. Alcohol can add to these side effects.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

If your doctor prescribes a low-salt or low-sodium diet, or to eat or drink increased amounts of potassium-rich foods (e.g., bananas, prunes, raisins, and orange juice) in your diet, follow these instructions carefully.

What should I do if I forget a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. 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.

In case of emergency/overdose

In case of overdose, call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call local emergency services at 911.

Brand names of combination products

  • Amturnide® (containing Aliskiren, Amlodipine, Hydrochlorothiazide)
  • Apresazide® (containing Hydralazine, Hydrochlorothiazide)
  • Accuretic® (containing Quinapril, Hydrochlorothiazide)
  • Benicar® HCT (containing Olmesartan, Hydrochlorothiazide)
  • Diovan® HCT (containing Valsartan, Hydrochlorothiazide)
  • Dutoprol® (containing Metoprolol, Hydrochlorothiazide)
  • Exforge® HCT (containing Amlodipine, Hydrochlorothiazide, Valsartan)
  • Hydrap-ES® (containing Hydralazine, Hydrochlorothiazide, Reserpine)
  • Hydro-Reserp® (containing Hydrochlorothiazide, Reserpine)
  • Hydropres® (containing Hydrochlorothiazide, Reserpine)
  • Hydroserp® (containing Hydrochlorothiazide, Reserpine)
  • Hydroserpine® (containing Hydrochlorothiazide, Reserpine)
  • Hydra-Zide® (containing Hydralazine, Hydrochlorothiazide)
  • Inderide® (containing Hydrochlorothiazide, Propranolol)
  • Inderide® LA (containing Hydrochlorothiazide, Propranolol)
  • Lopressor® HCT (containing Metoprolol, Hydrochlorothiazide)
  • Mallopress® (containing Hydrochlorothiazide, Reserpine)
  • Marpres® (containing Hydralazine, Hydrochlorothiazide, Reserpine)
  • Monopril® HCT (containing Fosinopril, Hydrochlorothiazide)
  • Normozide® (containing Labetalol, Hydrochlorothiazide)
  • Quinaretic® (containing Quinapril, Hydrochlorothiazide)
  • Ser-Ap-Es® (containing Hydralazine, Hydrochlorothiazide, Reserpine)
  • Serathide® (containing Hydralazine, Hydrochlorothiazide, Reserpine)
  • Serpazide® (containing Hydralazine, Hydrochlorothiazide, Reserpine)
  • Serpex® (containing Hydralazine, Hydrochlorothiazide, Reserpine)
  • Tekturna® HCT (containing Aliskiren, Hydrochlorothiazide)
  • Teveten® HCT (containing Eprosartan, Hydrochlorothiazide)
  • Timolide® (containing Timolol, Hydrochlorothiazide)
  • Trandate HCT® (containing Labetalol, Hydrochlorothiazide)
  • Tri-Hydroserpine® (containing Hydralazine, Hydrochlorothiazide, Reserpine)
  • Tribenzor® (containing Amlodipine, Hydrochlorothiazide, Olmesartan)
  • Uni Serp® (containing Hydralazine, Hydrochlorothiazide, Reserpine)
  • Unipres® (containing Hydralazine, Hydrochlorothiazide, Reserpine)
  • Uniretic® (containing Moexipril, Hydrochlorothiazide)
  • Ziac® (containing Bisoprolol, Hydrochlorothiazide)
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