Zestoretic is used on occasions when one drug cannot lower the blood pressure of the individual who is suffering from high blood pressure.
Zestoretic contains a mixture of hydrochlorothiazide and Lisinopril. Lisinopril is an ACE inhibitor. It work by helping blood vessels to relax and thus assists in blood flow.
How It Works
Hydrochlorothiazide is a water pill also known as a diuretic. It prevents the body from taking in too much salt. Absorption of too much salt can create fluid retention. Lisinopril has a habit of lowering blood pressure and helps to relieve the symptoms of fluid retention.
Zestoretic is used to treat high blood pressure or hypertension. Lowering a person’s high blood pressure reduces the chances of having stroke, prevents heart attacks and helps in avoiding kidney problems.
Zestoretic should be taken with a glass of water. The initial dose could be 12.5 mg of hydrochlorothiazide with 10 to 20 mg of Lisinopril. This dose is to be taken orally once a day.The maximum dosage could be 50 mg of Hydrochlorothiazide and 80 mg Lisinopril per day.
The doctor may or may not increase the dose given every 2 to 3 weeks.
If you miss the dosage, take it as soon as you remember it. If it is nearly the time for the next dose, then skip the previous one and be careful not to take extra medicine.
Side effects of Zestoretic can increase if you consume alcohol before or after taking it.
Blood pressure that is very low
Disorders in the electrolytes
Failure in the kidney
Expecting mothers must not use Zestoretic. If you conceive then stop taking Zestoretic immediately and inform your family physician or a doctor. The reason is that Zestoretic can cause death or damage the unborn baby. Hydrochlorothiazide and Lisinopril tend to pass into the breast milk. Thus, this may harm a baby who is still being nursed.
Do not use Zestoretic if you have a condition of;
Being unable to pass urine
Being allergic to drugs containing sulfa
Being severely allergic to ACE inhibitors. ACE inhibitors are benazepril, captopril, enalapril, fosinopril, moexipril, quinapril, perindopril, Ramipril, trandolapril or any such drug.
Diabetes (do not use Zestoretic with any medicine that has aliskiren like Amturnide, Tekturna, Tekamlo or Valturna if you have this condition)
Do not take Zestoretic and aliskerin together if you are suffering from kidney disease
You should definitely tell your family physician or the doctor if you have;
Kidney disease or undergoing dialysis
Disease of the liver
Disease of the heart or congestive heart failure
If you are allergic to penicillin or drugs containing sulfa
Undergone an organ transplant
Zestoretic should be taken only with the advice of a doctor. It is not a drug that could be self-prescribed. The instructions on the prescription should be followed carefully. Zestoretic should not be taken for longer than prescribed.