Precautions and Warnings With HCTZ
Being aware of the precautions and warnings with HCTZ before starting the medication can help eliminate risks and help ensure a safe treatment process. Certain people should not take HCTZ, including those who are allergic to sulfonamide-derived drugs, are not producing any urine, or are allergic to any components used to make HCTZ. There are also a number of potential side effects that may occur with the medicine, including allergic reactions and increased blood sugar levels.
Prior to taking HCTZ (hydrochlorothiazide or HCT), you should talk with your healthcare provider if you have:
- Liver disease, including cirrhosis
- Kidney disease or kidney failure
- Systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus or SLE)
- A personal or family history of angioedema, which is swelling under the skin
- High cholesterol
- Fluid or electrolyte problems
- Parathyroid problems
- Had a sympathectomy (a specific kind of surgery)
- Any allergies, including allergies to HCTZ, ACE inhibitors, sulfa drugs, foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you:
- Are pregnant or trying to become pregnant (see Hydrochlorothiazide and Pregnancy)
- Are breastfeeding.
Tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you may currently be taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.