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What is this medicine?METOPROLOL; HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE (me TOE proe lole; hye droe klor oh THYE a zide) is a combination of a beta-blocker and a diuretic. It is used to treat high blood pressure.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
-history of irregular heartbeat
-lung or breathing disease, like asthma
-peripheral vascular disease
-an unusual or allergic reaction to hydrochlorothiazide, metoprolol, sulfonamide drugs, or other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
-pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I use this medicine?Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. You can take it with or without food. If it upsets your stomach, take it with food. Do not crush or chew this medicine. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take it more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
Overdosage: If you think you've taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
What if I miss a dose?If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
What may interact with this medicine?
-certain medicines for blood pressure, heart disease, irregular heart beat
-certain medicines for cholesterol like cholestyramine and colestipol
-certain medicines for depression, anxiety, or psychotic disturbances
-certain medicines for seizures like phenobarbital
-MAOIs like Carbex, Eldepryl, Marplan, Nardil, and Parnate
-medicines for diabetes
-medicines that relax muscles for surgery
-narcotic medicines for pain
-NSAIDS, medicines for pain and inflammation, like ibuprofen or naproxen
-steroid medicines like prednisone or cortisone
What should I watch for while using this medicine?Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. Check your blood pressure as directed. Ask your doctor or health care professional what your blood pressure should be and when you should contact him or her.
Do not treat yourself for coughs, colds, or pain while you are using this medicine without asking your doctor or health care professional for advice. Some ingredients may increase your blood pressure.
Check with your doctor or health care professional if you get an attack of severe diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, or if you sweat a lot. The loss of too much body fluid can make it dangerous for you to take this medicine.
You may get dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Avoid alcoholic drinks; they can make you more dizzy.
This medicine may affect blood sugar levels. If you have diabetes, check with your doctor or health care professional before you change your diet or the dose of your diabetic medicine.
This medicine can make you more sensitive to the sun. Keep out of the sun. If you cannot avoid being in the sun, wear protective clothing and use sunscreen. Do not use sun lamps or tanning beds/booths.
Tell your doctor or health care professional right away if you have any change in your eyesight.