Generic name: Inderal (Propranolol hydrochloride), HydrochlorothiazideBrand names: Inderide LA, Inderide
Inderide is used in the treatment of high blood pressure. It combines a beta blocker with a thiazide diuretic (hydrochlorothiazide). Beta blockers decrease the force and rate of heart contractions, thus lowering blood pressure. Diuretics help your body produce and eliminate more urine, which also helps lower blood pressure.
You must take Inderide regularly for it to be effective. Since blood pressure declines gradually, it may be several weeks before you get the full benefit of Inderide; and you must continue taking it even if you are feeling well. Inderide does not cure high blood pressure; it merely keeps it under control.
Take Inderide exactly as prescribed, even if your symptoms have disappeared.
Try not to miss any doses. If Inderide is not taken regularly, your condition may worsen.
Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Inderide.
If you have inadequate blood supply to the circulatory system (cardiogenic shock), certain types of irregular heartbeat, slow heartbeat, bronchial asthma, or congestive heart failure, you should not take Inderide.
Do not take Inderide if you are unable to urinate or if you are sensitive to or have ever had an allergic reaction to any of its ingredients or to sulfa drugs.
Inderide should not be stopped suddenly. This can cause chest pain and even heart attack. Dosage should be gradually reduced.
Diuretics can cause your body to lose too much potassium. Signs of an excessively low potassium level include muscle weakness and rapid or irregular heartbeat. To boost your potassium level, your doctor may recommend eating potassium-rich foods or taking a potassium supplement.
If you suffer from asthma, seasonal allergies or other bronchial conditions, or kidney or liver disease, your doctor will prescribe Inderide with caution.
This medication may mask the symptoms of low blood sugar or alter blood sugar levels. If you are diabetic, discuss this with your doctor.
If you have a history of allergies or bronchial asthma, you are more likely to have an allergic reaction to Inderide.
Inderide may interfere with the screening test for glaucoma (excessive pressure in the eyes) and pressure within the eyes may increase when the medication is stopped.
Notify your doctor or dentist that you are taking Inderide if you have a medical emergency, and before you have surgery or dental treatment.
If Inderide is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Inderide with the following:ACTH (adrenocorticotropic hormone)AlcoholAluminum hydroxide gelAntipyrineCalcium-blocking blood pressure drugs such as diltiazem, nifedipine, and verapamilCertain blood pressure medications such as reserpineChlorpromazineCimetidineCorticosteroids such as prednisoneDigitalisEpinephrineHaloperidolInsulinLidocaineNonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofenNorepinephrineOral diabetes drugs such as glyburidePhenobarbitonePhenytoinRifampinTheophyllineThyroid medications such as levothyroxine
The effects of Inderide during pregnancy have not been adequately studied. If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, inform your doctor immediately. Inderide appears in breast milk and could affect a nursing infant. If Inderide is essential to your health, your doctor may advise you to discontinue breastfeeding until your treatment is finished.
Your doctor will tailor your dosage according to your response to Inderide's main ingredients.
The usual dose is one Inderide tablet, 2 times per day.
Your doctor may use Inderide in combination with other high blood pressure drugs to achieve the desired effect.
This drug is also available in a sustained-release formulation, called Inderide LA, for once-a-day dosing.
The safety and effectiveness of Inderide in children have not been established.
Your doctor will adjust your dosage with extra caution.
Any medication taken in excess can have severe consequences. If you suspect an overdose, seek medical attention immediately.