Angiotensin-converting Enzyme (ACE) Inhibitors and Hydrochlorothiazide (Systemic)
Precautions While Using This Medicine
important that your doctor check your progress at regular visits to make sure
that this medicine is working properly and to check for unwanted effects.
Dizziness or lightheadedness may occur, especially after the first dose
of this medicine. Make sure you know how you react to the medicine before
you drive, use machines, or do anything else that could be dangerous if you
Check with your doctor right away if you become sick while taking this
medicine, especially with severe or continuing nausea and vomiting or diarrhea.
These conditions may cause you to lose too much water and lead to low blood
Check with your doctor if you have signs of infection, such as sore throat,
fever, and/or chills. Infections may be a sign of low white blood cell count
Dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting may also occur if you exercise
or if the weather is hot. Heavy sweating can cause loss of too much water
and low blood pressure. Use extra care during exercise or hot weather.
Avoid alcoholic beverages until you have discussed
their use with your doctor
. Alcohol may make the low blood pressure
effect worse and/or increase the possibility of dizziness or fainting.
Before having any kind of surgery (including dental surgery) or emergency
treatment, tell the medical doctor or dentist in charge that you are taking
For patients taking captopril and hydrochlorothiazide
Before you have any medical tests, tell the doctor in charge that
you are taking this medicine. The results of some tests may be affected by
For patients taking this medicine for high blood pressure
Do not take other medicines unless they have
been discussed with your doctor
. This especially includes over-the-counter
(nonprescription) medicines for appetite control, asthma, colds, cough, hay
fever, or sinus problems, since they may tend to increase your blood pressure.
For diabetic patients
Hydrochlorothiazide (contained in this combination medicine) may
raise blood sugar levels. While you are taking this medicine, be especially
careful in testing for sugar in your urine.
Hydrochlorothiazide (contained in this combination medicine) may cause
your skin to be more sensitive to sunlight than it is normally. Exposure to
sunlight, even for brief periods of time, may cause a skin rash, itching,
redness or other discoloration of the skin, or a severe sunburn. When you
first begin taking this medicine:
Stay out of direct sunlight, especially between the hours of 10:00
a.m. and 3:00 p.m., if possible.
Wear protective clothing, including a hat. Also, wear sunglasses.
Apply a sun block product that has a skin protection factor (SPF)
of at least 15. Some patients may require a product with a higher SPF number,
especially if they have a fair complexion. If you have any questions about
this, check with your health care professional.
Apply a sun block lipstick that has an SPF of at least 15 to protect
Do not use a sunlamp or tanning bed or booth.
If you have a severe reaction from the sun, check with your doctor.
Before you have any medical tests, tell the doctor in charge that you are
taking this medicine. The results of some tests may be affected by this medicine.