HCTZ is a medication that is prescribed for the treatment of fluid retention and high blood pressure. By increasing the amount of salt and water that the kidneys remove from the blood and decreasing blood volume, the medication can effectively control high blood pressure and help with water retention. HCTZ is sold under a variety of brand names and is also available as a generic medicine. Possible side effects of the drug may include upset stomach, dizziness, vomiting, or low blood potassium levels.
What Is HCTZ?
HCTZ (hydrochlorothiazide or HCT) is a prescription medicine that is used to treat high blood pressure and fluid retention. It is part of a class of medicines known as diuretics.
The drug is sold under a number of brand names, including Esidrix®, HydroDIURIL®, Microzide®, and Oretic®. It is also available as a generic. HCTZ is sometimes referred to as hydrochlorothiazide (or just HCT).
HCTZ may be used in children and infants with high blood pressure or fluid retention, although it has not been thoroughly studied for this age group. Be sure to talk to your healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using hydrochlorothiazide in children and infants.
Who Makes HCTZ?
Several manufacturers make brand-name HCTZ. Generic HCTZ is also made by multiple generic manufacturers.
What Is It Used For?
Specific uses of HCTZ include:
- Treating water retention (edema) due to several causes, including congestive heart failure, cirrhosis, kidney failure (renal failure), and certain medications.