What You Need to Know About Treatment With Indapamide
You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking this medication if you have:
- Kidney disease or kidney failure
- Fluid or electrolyte problems
- Any allergies, including allergies to sulfa drugs, foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you:
- Are pregnant or trying to become pregnant (see Indapamide and Pregnancy)
- Are breastfeeding (see Indapamide and Breastfeeding).
Tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you are currently taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Indapamide for more information on this topic, including information on who should not take this medication.)
Specific uses of indapamide include:
- High blood pressure (hypertension) control
- Treatment of water retention (edema) due to congestive heart failure (CHF).
(Click What Is Indapamide Used For? for more information on the drug's uses, including possible off-label uses.)
Indapamide is a diuretic, which is commonly referred to as a "water pill." Specifically, it is known as an "indoline" diuretic. Indapamide is unlike any other diuretic; in fact, it is the only indoline diuretic. Although it is not entirely clear how indapamide works, it is thought that it works by increasing the amount of salt and water that the kidneys remove from the blood. This extra salt and water is passed out through urine. By increasing the amount of water removed from the blood, it causes a decrease in blood volume. Because of this effect, indapamide can lower blood pressure and also help with water retention.