Available by prescription only, Teveten HCT is approved to lower high blood pressure. The two active ingredients in this medication work in different ways to lower blood pressure -- by decreasing blood volume and relaxing the blood vessels. It comes in tablet form and is usually taken once a day. Common side effects include fatigue, headaches, and dizziness.
Teveten HCT is made by Solvay Pharmaceuticals for Abbott Laboratories.
How Does Teveten HCT Work?
Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ), one of the medicines in Teveten HCT, is a diuretic or "water pill." It works by increasing the amount of salt and water the kidneys remove from the blood. This extra salt and water is then passed out through the urine. The removal of salt and water decreases blood volume, resulting in lower blood pressure.
The other component of this medication, eprosartan, belongs to a class of drugs called angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs). Angiotensin II is a naturally occurring chemical in the body that causes blood vessels to narrow (constrict). By blocking angiotensin II, eprosartan helps to relax the blood vessels, which lowers blood pressure.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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