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Vaseretic is a medicine used to treat high blood pressure. Vaseretic contains two medicines that work in two different ways to reduce your blood pressure: enalapril and hydrochlorothiazide.
How does this medication work?
Enalapril works by blocking a chemical in your body that causes blood vessels to narrow. By blocking this chemical, enalapril relaxes and widens your blood vessels, allowing your blood to flow through with less resistance. Hydrochlorothiazide is a water pill and works by eliminating extra fluid and sodium (salt) from your body. Together, they help lower your blood pressure.
What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?
What: By lowering your blood pressure, Vaseretic may lower your risk of a stroke or a heart attack.
When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions. Though you may not feel an improvement or change in the way you feel, it is very important to keep taking your medicine as prescribed to keep your condition under control.
How do I know it is working?
Check your blood pressure regularly. Your healthcare provider will also check your blood pressure at every visit. Following an appropriate diet and exercise plan will also affect your blood pressure results.
The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.
Vaseretic can harm your unborn baby. Talk to your healthcare provider about other ways to lower your blood pressure if you plan to become pregnant. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you become pregnant while taking Vaseretic.
More common side effects may include: dizziness, headache, fatigue, cough.
Less common side effects may include:
Serious allergic reactions, with symptoms such as angioedema (swelling of the face, extremities, eyes, lips, and tongue).
Low blood pressure with symptoms such as lightheadedness, especially during the first few days of taking Vaseretic.
Kidney problems with symptoms such as swelling in your feet, ankles, or hands; or unexplained weight gain.
Low blood neutrophil (type of blood cells that fight infections) levels with symptoms of an infection (such as sore throat or fever).
Temporary nearsightedness (trouble seeing objects farther away) or glaucoma (high pressure in the eye) with symptoms such as changes in your vision or eye pain that may occur within hours to weeks of starting Vaseretic.
Changes in electrolytes (chemicals that are important for the cells in your body to function, such as sodium and potassium) with symptoms such as dry mouth, thirst, weakness, tiredness, drowsiness, restlessness, muscle pains or cramps, muscle tiredness, dizziness or fainting, low or no urine output, fast heartbeat, or nausea and vomiting.
Do not take Vaseretic if you are allergic to it, any of its ingredients, other sulfonamide medications (such as sulfamethoxazole), or if you have a history of angioedema related to previous treatment with similar medicines.
Do not take Vaseretic if you are unable to produce urine.
If you are diabetic, do not take Vaseretic in combination with aliskiren.
Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Vaseretic. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have diabetes; asthma; a disease that affects your immune system (such as lupus or scleroderma); gout (severe and painful inflammation of the joints); high cholesterol levels; kidney, liver, or heart problems; plan to undergo surgery or receive anesthesia; or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.
Adults: Your healthcare provider will prescribe the appropriate dose for you based on your previous blood pressure medicine, and may increase your dose as needed, until the desired effect is achieved.
Take Vaseretic exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change your dose or stop taking Vaseretic without first talking to your healthcare provider.
Do not become dehydrated. Drink plenty of fluids while you are taking Vaseretic.
Do not take potassium supplements or salt substitutes that contain potassium without first talking to your healthcare provider.
If Vaseretic is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. Vaseretic may interact with numerous medications. Therefore, it is very important that you tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking.
Do not become pregnant or breastfeed while you are taking Vaseretic. Vaseretic can harm your unborn baby, and can be found in your breast milk if you take it while breastfeeding. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
If you miss a dose of Vaseretic, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.
Store at room temperature. Protect from moisture.
In the event of a medical emergency call your doctor or 9-1-1 immediately. In the event of overdose, call your doctor or poison control for further instructions.
National Poison Control#: Call 1-800-222-1222
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