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H 2 Pill (Hydrochlorothiazide): Side Effects, Uses, and Dosage

What medication has H2 on it?

H 2 Pill (Hydrochlorothiazide)

Pill with imprint H 2 is Peach, Round and has been identified as Hydrochlorothiazide 25 mg. It is supplied by Heritage Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

This drug is prescribed to patients who suffer from hypertension (high blood pressure). Lowering blood pressure aids in the prevention of strokes, heart attacks, and kidney disorders. Hydrochlorothiazide belongs to the diuretic/”water pill” class of medicines. The way it works is by increasing the amount of pee that you produce. This assists your body in eliminating excess salt as well as water. This medication also helps to reduce extra fluid in the body (edema), which can be caused by illnesses such as heart failure, liver disease, or renal disease. This may help alleviate symptoms such as difficulty breathing or swelling in the ankles or feet.

Uses of H 2 Pill (Hydrochlorothiazide)

Hydrochlorothiazide is a medication that can be used to treat high blood pressure. In addition, it is used in the treatment of swelling that is brought about by heart failure, liver damage (cirrhosis), or the consumption of drugs known as corticosteroids or estrogens. It is also possible that it will assist in treating swelling that is caused on by kidney problems.

This medication can be taken alone or in conjunction with a number of other medications.

Side effects

Inform your physician if any of the following symptoms persist for a longer period of time or are extremely serious:

Common side effects

Serious side effects

  • blisters or peeling skin
  • hives
  • rash
  • itching
  • difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • fever, sore throat, chills, and other signs of infection
  • unusual bleeding or bruising
  • dry mouth; thirst; nausea; vomiting; weakness, tiredness; drowsiness; restlessness; confusion; muscle weakness, pain, or cramps; fast heartbeat and other signs of dehydration and electrolyte imbalance
  • ongoing pain that begins in the stomach area, but may spread to the back
  • joint pain or swelling
  • changes in vision, eye pain, or swelling or redness in or around the eye

If you encounter any of the above symptoms, you should seek immediate medical attention by calling your primary care physician or going to an emergency department.

How does it works?

Hydrochlorothiazide belongs to a class of medications known as thiazide diuretics. A group of different pharmaceuticals that share a common mode of action is referred to as a class of drugs. These medications are frequently prescribed to address illnesses that are similar to one another.

The exact mode of action of hydrochlorothiazide is not fully understood. It is believed that this will help rid your body of any excess salt and water that it may have. Because of this activity, your heart does not have to work as hard to pump blood, which results in a reduction in both blood pressure and swelling.

It is very important to know that you should not take this medication if you found it hard to urinate.

Dosage

Always make sure to follow all of the instructions on the label of your medication. In order to optimize your treatment and provide the best possible outcomes, your physician may adjust your dosage on occasion. This medicine should not be taken in bigger or lesser dosages, nor should it be taken for a longer period of time than is indicated.

In most cases, a single daily dose of hydrochlorothiazide is all that is required. Carefully adhere to the dose directions provided by your physician.

Make an appointment with your primary care physician if you experience persistent vomiting or diarrhea, or if you are sweating more than normal. While taking this medication, it is easy to get dehydrated, which can result in dangerously low blood pressure or an electrolyte imbalance. Both of these conditions can be life-threatening.

While you are taking hydrochlorothiazide, you may be required to have regular medical examinations and have your blood pressure monitored. if you are dehydrated, you may have both your blood and your urine checked.

If you are going to need surgery, you should let the surgeon know that you are taking hydrochlorothiazide before the procedure. It is possible that you will need to refrain from using the medication temporarily.

Even if you don’t feel sick, you should continue taking this medication as instructed. There are frequently no symptoms associated with high blood pressure. It’s possible that you’ll have to take medication for your blood pressure for the rest of your life.

Keep at room temperature and away from heat, moisture, and freezing. If not in use, keep the bottle securely closed.

What happens if I miss a dose?

When you realize you missed a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next scheduled dose, you should skip the dose that you missed. It is not necessary to take more medication in order to make up for a missed dosage.

Overdose symptoms

Seek immediate attention from a qualified medical professional.

Some of the symptoms of an overdose include:

  • nausea
  • weakness
  • dizziness
  • dry mouth
  • thirst
  • muscle pain or weakness

Hydrochlorothiazide may interact with other medications

When combined with other medications that also cause dizziness, this side effect may become even more pronounced. Before taking a sleeping pill, narcotic pain treatment, muscle relaxer, or medication for anxiety, depression, or seizures, you should consult with your primary care physician.

Talk to your primary care physician about any and all medications you are currently taking, as well as any you begin or discontinue taking, in particular:

This list does not contain everything. There is a possibility that hydrochlorothiazide will interact with other medications, such as prescription and over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, and herbal products. This drug guide does not provide a description of all interactions.

About the author

Obianuju Chukwu

She has a degree in pharmacy and has worked in the field as a pharmacist in a hospital. Teaching, blogging, and producing scientific articles are some of her interests. She enjoys writing on various topics relating to health and medicine, including health and beauty-related natural treatments, the nutritional worth of various foods, and mental wellness.

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