GENERIC NAME: METHYLDOPA/HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE - ORAL (METH-il-DOE-pa/HYE-droe-KLOR-oh-THYE-a-zide)
BRAND NAME(S): Aldoril
USES: This medication is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). Lowering high blood pressure helps prevent strokes, heart attacks, and kidney problems. This product contains 2 medications: methyldopa and hydrochlorothiazide. Methyldopa works by relaxing blood vessels so blood can flow more easily. Hydrochlorothiazide is a "water pill" (diuretic). It increases the amount of urine you make, especially when you first start the medication. It also helps to relax the blood vessels so that blood can flow more easily.These medications are used together when 1 drug alone is not controlling your blood pressure. Your doctor may direct you to start taking the individual medications first, and then switch you over to this combination product if this is the best dose combination for you.
HOW TO USE: Take this medication by mouth with or without food as directed by your doctor, usually 1 to 3 times daily. It is best to avoid taking this medication within 4 hours of your bedtime to avoid having to get up to urinate. Consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have questions about your dosing schedule.Your dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment.Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time(s) each day. It is important to continue taking this medication even if you feel well. Most people with high blood pressure do not feel sick.If you also take certain drugs to lower your cholesterol (bile acid-binding resins such as cholestyramine or colestipol), take this product at least 4 hours before or at least 4 to 6 hours after these medications.When this medication is used for a long time, it may not work as well. Talk with your doctor if this medication stops working well (such as your blood pressure readings remain high or increase).
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