Benzthiazide

Description

Benzthiazide is a diuretic medicine, used alone or in combination with other medicines to treat high blood pressure and edema (swelling). It should be used with caution in patients with severe kidney disease. Frequent monitoring of blood pressure and electrolytes level is necessary while taking this medicine.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Benzthiazide

  • Redness of skin
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Restlessness
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Muscle pain
  • Muscle weakness

Uses of Benzthiazide

What is it prescribed for?

  • Hypertension
  • Edema
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The amount of time required for this medicine to show its action is not clinically established.
  • Duration of effect
    The amount of time for which this medicine remains active in the body is not clinically established.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Consumption of alcohol during treatment with this medicine may increase the risk of severe side effects. These side effects may include dizziness, nausea, vomiting, weakness, and fainting. It is advised that you do not perform any activities that require high mental alertness such as driving a vehicle or operating machinery if you consume alcohol during treatment with this medicine.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit-forming tendencies were reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use if you have a known allergy to benzthiazide, or any other inactive ingredients present along with it.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.
General warnings

Kidney impairment

This medicine should be used with extreme caution in patients suffering from kidney diseases due to the increased risk of severe adverse effects. Close monitoring of kidney function tests is necessary while receiving this medicine. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required in some cases based on the clinical condition.

Hyperuricemia

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with hyperuricemia (increased uric acid levels in the blood) due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition. Close monitoring of uric acid levels is recommended for such patients. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required based on the clinical condition.

Liver impairment

This medicine should be used with extreme caution in patients suffering from liver diseases due to the increased risk of severe adverse effects. Close monitoring of liver function tests is necessary while receiving this medicine. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required in some cases based on the clinical condition.

Missed Dose

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not double your dose to make up for the missed dose.

Overdose

Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

N/A

Instructions

Consumption of alcohol during treatment with this medicine may increase the risk of severe side effects. These side effects may include dizziness, nausea, vomiting, weakness, and fainting. It is advised that you do not perform any activities that require high mental alertness such as driving a vehicle or operating machinery if you consume alcohol during treatment with this medicine.
Interaction with Medicine

Amitriptyline

Alprazolam

Ziprasidone

Carvedilol

Amiodarone

Chlorpromazine

Lithium

Disease interactions

Asthma

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with bronchial asthma due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be necessary based on the clinical condition.

Hyperuricemia

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with hyperuricemia (increased uric acid levels in the blood) due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition. Close monitoring of uric acid levels is recommended for such patients. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required based on the clinical condition.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Take this medicine exactly as advised by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts than prescribed. Take this medicine at daytime to prevent sleep disturbance. Drink an adequate amount of water. Monitoring of kidney function and electrolytes levels is necessary while taking this medicine. Ensure that the course of treatment is completed. Report any adverse effects to the doctor on priority.
Miscelleneous

To be taken after food

To be taken as instructed by doctor

Effect on sleep is not established

How it works
It works by increasing the excretion of water and sodium from the kidneys. This helps in bringing down the blood pressure as well as swelling.
Legal Status

Unknown

Unknown

Unknown

Unknown

Classification

Category

Thiazide diuretics

Schedule

Schedule H

Benzthiazide - DrugBank [Internet]. Drugbank.ca. 2019 [cited 17 April 2019]. Available from:

https://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB00562

Benzthiazide [Internet]. Pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. 2019 [cited 17 April 2019]. Available from:

https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/benzthiazide

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Information on this page was last updated on 24 Apr 2019

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