enalapril and hydrochlorothiazide, Vaseretic (cont.)

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HCTZ is a diuretic (water pill) used for treating high blood pressure and accumulation of fluid. It works by blocking salt and water reabsorption in the kidneys, thus causing increased urine output (diuresis). The mechanism of its action in lowering high blood pressure is not well understood. The combination of enalapril and HCTZ reduces blood pressure better than either drug alone. The FDA approved Vaseretic in October 1986.

PRESCRIBED FOR: Vaseretic is used for treating high blood pressure.

SIDE EFFECTS: The side effects of the Vaseretic are similar to the side effects of the individual component drugs:

  • A dry, persistent cough has been reported commonly with the use of ACE inhibitors. Coughing resolves after discontinuing the medication.

Other side effects include of ACE inhibitors include:

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/9/2015

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