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Drugs reference index «Quinapril/Hydrochlorothiazide»

Quinapril/Hydrochlorothiazide

Generic Name: Quinapril/Hydrochlorothiazide (KWIN-a-pril/HYE-droe-KLOR-oh-THYE-a-zide)Brand Name: Examples include Accuretic and Quinaretic

When used during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy, Quinapril/Hydrochlorothiazide can cause injury or death to the fetus. If you think you may be pregnant, contact your doctor right away.

Quinapril/Hydrochlorothiazide is used for:

Treating high blood pressure. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Quinapril/Hydrochlorothiazide is an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor and thiazide diuretic combination. It works by causing blood vessels to relax (widen) and increasing the excretion of excess fluid, which lowers blood pressure.

Do NOT use Quinapril/Hydrochlorothiazide if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Quinapril/Hydrochlorothiazide
  • you are allergic to "sulfa" medications (eg, sulfamethoxazole, sulfisoxazole, glyburide, probenecid) or to similar medications
  • you are in your second or third trimester of pregnancy
  • you have severe kidney problems or a history of angioedema (swelling of the face, lips, throat, or tongue) caused by treatment with an ACE inhibitor
  • you are taking dextran sulfate, dofetilide, or ketanserin

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Quinapril/Hydrochlorothiazide :

Some medical conditions may interact with Quinapril/Hydrochlorothiazide . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding, or of child bearing age
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you are able to become pregnant
  • if you have a history of diabetes, heart problems (eg, heart failure, aortic stenosis), blood vessel problems, blood flow problems, bone marrow problems, or kidney or liver problems
  • if you have a history of stroke, recent heart attack, or kidney transplant
  • if you have an autoimmune disease (eg, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, scleroderma)
  • if you are dehydrated or have low blood volume
  • if you have high potassium levels, low blood sodium levels, or are on a low-salt (sodium) diet
  • if you are scheduled to have major surgery or are on dialysis

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Quinapril/Hydrochlorothiazide . Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Gold-containing medicines (eg, auranofin, sodium aurothiomalate) because flushing, nausea, vomiting, and low blood pressure may occur
  • Barbiturates (eg, phenobarbital), corticosteroids (eg, prednisone), diazoxide, narcotic pain medicines (eg, codeine), other medicines for high blood pressure (eg, propranolol, verapamil), or potassium-sparing diuretics because they may increase the risk of Quinapril/Hydrochlorothiazide 's side effects
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) (eg, indomethacin) or salicylates (eg, aspirin) because they may decrease the effectiveness of Quinapril/Hydrochlorothiazide
  • Dextran sulfate, digoxin, dofetilide, ketanserin, lithium, potassium-sparing diuretics (eg, triamterene), potassium supplements, sulfonylureas (eg, glyburide), or thiopurines (eg, azathioprine) because the risk of their side effects may be increased by Quinapril/Hydrochlorothiazide
  • Insulin or oral hypoglycemics (eg, glyburide), because they may decrease Quinapril/Hydrochlorothiazide 's effectiveness

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Quinapril/Hydrochlorothiazide may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Quinapril/Hydrochlorothiazide :

Use Quinapril/Hydrochlorothiazide as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Take Quinapril/Hydrochlorothiazide by mouth with or without food.
  • Quinapril/Hydrochlorothiazide may increase the amount of urine or cause you to urinate more often when you first start taking it. To keep this from disturbing your sleep, try to take your dose before 6 pm.
  • If you are taking a tetracycline antibiotic, a quinolone antibiotic (eg, ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin), or colestipol or cholestyramine for high cholesterol, take those medicines at least 3 hours apart from Quinapril/Hydrochlorothiazide . This product contains magnesium, which can interfere with absorption of these medicines.
  • Take Quinapril/Hydrochlorothiazide on a regular schedule to get the most benefit from it.
  • Taking Quinapril/Hydrochlorothiazide at the same time each day will help you remember to take it.
  • Continue to take Quinapril/Hydrochlorothiazide even if you feel well. Do not miss any doses.
  • If you miss a dose of Quinapril/Hydrochlorothiazide , take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Quinapril/Hydrochlorothiazide .

Important safety information:

  • Quinapril/Hydrochlorothiazide may cause drowsiness, dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Quinapril/Hydrochlorothiazide with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
  • Quinapril/Hydrochlorothiazide may cause dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting; alcohol, hot weather, exercise, or fever may increase these effects. To prevent them, sit up or stand slowly, especially in the morning. Sit or lie down at the first sign of any of these effects.
  • Patients who take medicine for high blood pressure often feel tired or run down for a few weeks after starting treatment. Be sure to take your medicine even if you may not feel "normal." Tell your doctor if you develop any new symptoms.
  • Quinapril/Hydrochlorothiazide has magnesium in it. Before you start any new medicine, check the label to see if it has magnesium in it too. If it does or if you are not sure, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Quinapril/Hydrochlorothiazide may cause you to become sunburned more easily. Avoid the sun, sunlamps, or tanning booths until you know how you react to Quinapril/Hydrochlorothiazide . Use a sunscreen or wear protective clothing if you must be outside for more than a short time.
  • Dehydration, excessive sweating, vomiting, or diarrhea may lead to a fall in blood pressure. Contact your health care provider at once if any of these symptoms occur.
  • Check with your doctor before you use a salt substitute or a product that has potassium in it.
  • Quinapril/Hydrochlorothiazide may lower the ability of your body to fight infection. Avoid contact with people who have colds or infections. Tell your doctor if you notice signs of infection like fever, sore throat, rash, or chills.
  • Quinapril/Hydrochlorothiazide may not work as well in black patients. They may also be at greater risk of side effects. Contact your doctor if symptoms do not improve or if they become worse.
  • It may take 1 to 2 weeks for Quinapril/Hydrochlorothiazide to work. Do not stop taking Quinapril/Hydrochlorothiazide without checking with your doctor.
  • Tell your doctor or dentist that you take Quinapril/Hydrochlorothiazide before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
  • Diabetes patients - Quinapril/Hydrochlorothiazide may affect your blood sugar. Check blood sugar levels closely. Ask your doctor before you change the dose of your diabetes medicine.
  • Lab tests, including liver function, kidney function, blood pressure, complete blood cell counts, and blood electrolytes, may be performed while you use Quinapril/Hydrochlorothiazide . These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • Use Quinapril/Hydrochlorothiazide with caution in the ELDERLY; they may be more sensitive to its effects.
  • Quinapril/Hydrochlorothiazide should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: Quinapril/Hydrochlorothiazide may cause birth defects and fetal or newborn death if you take it while you are pregnant. Do not become pregnant while you take it. If you think you may be pregnant, contact your doctor right away. Quinapril/Hydrochlorothiazide is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Quinapril/Hydrochlorothiazide , check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Quinapril/Hydrochlorothiazide :

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Cough; diarrhea; dizziness or lightheadedness when sitting up or standing; fatigue; headache; nausea; persistent dry cough; tiredness.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue; unusual hoarseness); chest pain; darkening of urine; decrease in the amount of urine; drowsiness; dry mouth; fainting; fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat; numbness of arm or leg; prolonged nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea; restlessness; severe dizziness or lightheadedness; sudden, severe headache or vomiting; symptoms of infection (eg, chills, fever, sore throat); unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual joint pain; unusual muscle pain or cramps; unusual or severe stomach pain; unusual thirst; unusual tiredness or weakness; unusual weight gain; yellowing of the skin or eyes.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include dry mouth; excessive urination followed by a decrease in the amount of urine; fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat; muscle cramps; severe dizziness; severe weakness.

Proper storage of Quinapril/Hydrochlorothiazide :

Store Quinapril/Hydrochlorothiazide at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C), in a tightly-closed container. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Quinapril/Hydrochlorothiazide out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Quinapril/Hydrochlorothiazide , please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Quinapril/Hydrochlorothiazide is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Quinapril/Hydrochlorothiazide . If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

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