clonidine/chlorthalidone - oral, Combipres (cont.)

PRECAUTIONS: Before taking this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to clonidine or chlorthalidone; or if you have any other allergies.This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: severe kidney disease (inability to make urine).Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: asthma, blood circulation problem (e.g., Raynaud's disease, stroke), depression, gout, heart disease (e.g., irregular heartbeat, recent heart attack, chest pain, heart failure), kidney disease, liver disease, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness until you are sure you can perform such activities safely. Limit alcoholic beverages.To lower your risk of dizziness and lightheadedness, get up slowly when rising from a sitting or lying position. Significant loss of body water from too much sweating, vomiting, or diarrhea can worsen dizziness. Drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration. If you are on restricted fluid intake, consult your doctor for further instructions. Tell your doctor if you are unable to drink fluids or if you have persistent diarrhea/vomiting.Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are using this medication.If you have diabetes, this medication may make it more difficult to control your blood sugar levels. Check your blood sugar regularly as directed by your doctor. Inform your doctor of the results. Tell your doctor immediately if you have symptoms of high blood sugar such as increased thirst/urination. Your doctor may need to adjust your anti-diabetic medication or diet.This medication can increase sensitivity to sunlight. Avoid prolonged sun exposure. Wear protective clothing and use a sunscreen.Kidney function declines as you grow older. This medication is removed by the kidneys. Therefore, elderly people may be at greater risk for side effects while using this drug, especially dehydration.During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.This drug passes into breast milk and could have undesirable effects on a nursing infant. Therefore, breast-feeding is not recommended while using this drug. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

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