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Understanding How Lisinopril-Hydrochlorothiazide Works and Specific Uses

How Does Lisinopril-Hydrochlorothiazide Work?

Lisinopril-hydrochlorothiazide is a combination of two medicines -- Prinivil® (lisinopril) and hydrochlorothiazide. Prinivil is part of a class of drugs called angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, or ACE inhibitors for short. Prinivil helps to block the angiotensin-converting enzyme, which is normally part of a reaction in the body that causes the blood vessels to narrow (constrict). By blocking this enzyme, Prinivil causes blood vessels to relax.
Hydrochlorothiazide is a diuretic (commonly referred to as a "water pill"). 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 the urine. By increasing the amount of water removed from the blood, hydrochlorothiazide causes a decrease in blood volume.
Because of the effect of both Prinivil and hydrochlorothiazide, lisinopril-hydrochlorothiazide can lower blood pressure. As a result of its combined effects, lisinopril-hydrochlorothiazide causes a greater drop in blood pressure than when either medicine is used alone.

Is Lisinopril-Hydrochlorothiazide Used in Children?

Lisinopril-hydrochlorothiazide has not been approved for use in children.

Is Lisinopril-Hydrochlorothiazide Used Off-Label?

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend lisinopril-hydrochlorothiazide for treating a condition other than hypertension. This is called an "off-label" use. At this time, there are no universally accepted off-label lisinopril-hydrochlorothiazide uses.
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