Lozide is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). It is also used for the treatment of swelling associated with heart failure. It should not be used for any swelling related to pregnancy.
Lozide can also be used to reduce the amount of water in the body by increasing the flow of urine. It works by making the body lose excess water and salt and prevents the kidney from reabsorbing salt and water that is destined to be eliminated in the urine. This results in increased urine output.
Lozide also reduces the salt in the smooth muscle of the walls of blood vessels that help the muscle to relax. In turn, the relaxation of the vessels results in reduced blood pressure.
As blood pressure increases, so do the stress levels for the arteries and heart. If high blood pressure goes unchecked for too long, the arteries and hearts may not function correctly. This may cause severe damage to the blood vessels of the heart, brain, and kidneys which may lead to a heart attacks and strokes. If blood pressure is controlled, than these issues are less likely to occur.
Before using this medicine, tell your health care provider about any of the following: if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine if you have any other medical condition, if you are allergic to any ingredient in this medicine or similar medications.
What Important Information Should I Know Before Taking Lozide?
- This medicine may cause a loss of potassium from your body.
- Use of Digitalis glycosides (heart medication) or Lithium with Lozide may increase the chance of side effects of these drugs.
- Use caution while driving or operating machinery as it may cause drowsiness or dizziness.
What Should I Tell My Doctor Before Taking Lozide?
Inform your doctor about following medical history
- Diabetes mellitus
- Kidney disease
- Liver disease
What Are the Side Effects of Lozide?
Most severe: Electrolyte imbalance resulting in dryness of the mouth, thirst, weakness, lethargy, drowsiness, restlessness, muscle pains or cramps, muscle fatigue, hypotension, oliguria, gastrointestinal disturbances such as nausea and vomiting, tachycardia and ECG changes.
Most common: Headache; infection; pain; back pain; dizziness; loss of energy; weakness; flu-like symptoms; stomach pain; chest pain; constipation; diarrhea; indigestion; swelling; nervousness; muscle soreness or stiffness; cough; sore throat; sinus inflammation; numbness of extremities; tension; anxiousness; irritability.
Other: Orthostatic hypotension, skin rash, tinnitus, malaise, fainting and sweating.
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