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HCTZ Alternatives

If high blood pressure or water retention cannot be treated with HCTZ, alternatives to the medicine may be suggested. Alternatives for treating water retention may include limiting your intake of salt and fluid, becoming more physically active, or wearing support stockings to reduce fluid retention in the legs. HCTZ alternatives for high blood pressure treatment may include weight loss, diet changes, or other blood pressure medications.

HCTZ Alternatives Explained

HCTZ (hydrochlorothiazide or HCT for short) is a prescription medicine used for controlling high blood pressure or dealing with fluid retention. It is available as a generic as well as under several brand names, including Esidrix®, HydroDIURIL®, Microzide®, and Oretic®. For most people, HCTZ is effective in treating their condition, and most people tolerate it well. However, as with all medicines, side effects can occur or the medicine may not completely control the conditions. Fortunately, there are several alternatives to HCTZ for high blood pressure or water retention treatment.

HCTZ Alternatives for High Blood Pressure

There are many alternatives to HCTZ for controlling high blood pressure, including:
  • Losing weight
  • Limiting your salt intake
  • Becoming more physically active
  • Drinking less alcohol
  • Making changes in your diet (including more fruits and vegetables)
  • Taking other medications (see High Blood Pressure Medication for more information).
(Click High Blood Pressure Treatment for more treatment options for high blood pressure.)
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