Teveten HCT Uses
Adults with high blood pressure may benefit from Teveten HCT. This prescription medication contains two blood pressure drugs and works by relaxing the blood vessels and reducing blood volume. Although it is not a cure for hypertension, using Teveten HCT to lower blood pressure can prevent long-term complications, such as eye damage, kidney failure, and strokes.
What Is Teveten HCT Used For?Teveten® HCT (eprosartan/HCTZ) is a prescription medication used to treat high blood pressure. It combines two high blood pressure medications: eprosartan (Teveten) and hydrochlorothiazide (Microzide®, Oretic®), or HCTZ for short.
Teveten HCT 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 with eprosartan or hydrochlorothiazide alone. This medicine may also be a good choice for people who are already taking eprosartan and hydrochlorothiazide as two separate pills and want to take one pill instead of two.
Using Teveten HCT for High Blood PressureBlood pressure is a measurement of the force inside your blood vessels -- both while the heart is beating and while it is relaxed. High blood pressure, known medically as hypertension, is when that force is too high. When you have high blood pressure, your heart has to work harder to pump blood through your body.
Your healthcare provider determines if you have high blood pressure by taking blood pressure readings. There are two numbers in a blood pressure reading. The top number, or the systolic number, is a measurement of blood pressure when the heart is beating. The bottom number, or the diastolic number, is a measurement of blood 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 provider may consider a lower blood pressure reading to be too high, which might be the case if you have certain medical conditions such as diabetes.
Most people with high blood pressure will not experience any symptoms. However, over time, high blood pressure can damage many of the body's vital organs, including the eyes, heart, brain, and kidneys. Because of this damage, untreated high blood pressure may lead to serious health problems, such as:
(Click Effects of High Blood Pressure for more information.)