methyldopa/hydrochlorothiazide - oral (cont.)

PRECAUTIONS: Before taking methyldopa with hydrochlorothiazide, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to either of them; or to sulfites; 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 failure (inability to make urine), active liver disease (e.g., hepatitis or cirrhosis), history of liver disease caused by medication.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: asthma, low red blood count (e.g., hemolytic anemia), diabetes, a certain genetic condition (glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency), gout, heart failure, kidney disease, liver disease, lupus, stroke/transient ischemic attack, pheochromocytoma, Parkinson's disease.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 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 using this medication.This drug may infrequently make your blood sugar level rise, causing or worsening diabetes. Tell your doctor immediately if you develop symptoms of high blood sugar such as increased thirst. If you already have diabetes, be sure to check your blood sugar regularly. Report any increases in blood sugar to your doctor.This medication may make you more sensitive to the sun. Avoid prolonged sun exposure, tanning booths and 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 more sensitive to its effects, especially dizziness and difficulty concentrating.This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.This medication passes into breast milk and could have undesirable effects on a nursing infant. Therefore, breast-feeding is not recommended while using this combination of medications. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

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