losartan w/ hydrochlorothiazide - oral, Hyzaar (cont.)
PRECAUTIONS: Before taking this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to ACE inhibitors (e.g., benazepril, captopril); 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: urinary problems (inability to make urine or anuria).Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: kidney disease, liver disease, severe loss of body fluids (dehydration through excessive sweating, vomiting, or diarrhea), mineral/electrolyte problems (e.g., imbalance of sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium), gout, lupus, high levels of fats in the blood (high cholesterol or triglycerides), asthma.If you have diabetes, this medication may affect your blood sugar levels. Your doctor may need to adjust the dosage of your medications used to treat diabetes (e.g., insulin, glipizide). Monitor your blood sugar levels as instructed and tell your doctor immediately if you develop signs of high blood sugar (e.g., increased thirst, unusual tiredness, vision changes, fruity breath odor).This drug may make you dizzy. 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 minimize dizziness and lightheadedness, get up slowly when rising from a seated or lying position.Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking this medication.Hydrochlorothiazide may make you more sensitive to the sun. Avoid prolonged sun exposure, tanning booths or sunlamps. Use a sunscreen and wear protective clothing when outdoors.Kidney function declines as you grow older. This medication is removed by the kidneys; therefore, elderly people may be a greater risk for dizziness while using this drug.This medication is not recommended for use during pregnancy due to the risk for harm to an unborn baby. Consult your doctor for more details. (See also Warning section.)Hydrochlorothiazide passes into breast milk. Breast-feeding is not recommended due to the potential harm to the nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
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