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What Is Moexipril/HCTZ Used For?

Moexipril/HCTZ is licensed for the treatment of high blood pressure in adults. It works by reducing blood volume and preventing blood vessels from narrowing. Although the drug cannot cure high blood pressure, it can lower the long-term health risks associated with the condition. This medication has not been approved for use in children, and there are no universally accepted off-label uses for moexipril/HCTZ.

An Overview of Uses for Moexipril/HCTZ

Moexipril/HCTZ (Uniretic®) is a prescription medication used to treat high blood pressure. It is a combination of two blood pressure medications: moexipril (Univasc®) and hydrochlorothiazide (Microzide®, Oretic®), or HCTZ for short.
 
Moexipril/HCTZ is not approved as an initial treatment for high blood pressure. It may be a good option for people whose blood pressure is not adequately controlled on moexipril or HCTZ alone, or for people who are already taking moexipril and HCTZ as two separate tablets.
 

Moexipril/HCTZ for High Blood Pressure

Blood pressure is a measure of the force inside your blood vessels while the heart is beating and while it is relaxed. High blood pressure, known medically as hypertension, is when the force is too high. When high blood pressure occurs, the heart has to work harder to pump blood through the body.
 
There are two numbers in a blood pressure reading. The top number is the systolic pressure, or the pressure when the heart is beating. The bottom number is the diastolic pressure, which is the pressure when the heart is relaxed.
 
High blood pressure is usually defined as an average blood pressure higher than 140/90, over multiple blood pressure readings. However, in some cases, your healthcare provide may consider a lower blood pressure reading to be too high, as might be the case if you have certain medical conditions such as diabetes.
 
High blood pressure does not usually cause symptoms. However, if left untreated, it can damage the body's vital organs, including the eyes, heart, brain, and kidneys. Over time, untreated high blood pressure may lead to serious health problems, including:
 
 
(Click Effects of High Blood Pressure for more information.)
 
Moexipril/HCTZ will lower blood pressure, but it is not a cure for high blood pressure. If you stop taking the medication, your blood pressure will likely increase. Most people with high blood pressure need to take medications their entire lives.
 
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