Lozol (Indapamide) Dosage and Side Effects
LOZOL is a prescription medicine used to treat high blood pressure. It's also given to people who suffer from edema (fluid retention) due to congestive heart disease or another medical condition.
LOZOL is a diuretic (water pill) that works by helping the kidneys rid the body of unneeded water and salt.
Proper Use of this medication
LOZOL comes as a tablet to take by mouth, typically once daily in the morning.
Your dose will depend on your medical condition and response to treatment.
You can take this medicine with or without food.
At first, LOZOL may make you urinate more often.
You may want to take your dose before 6 p.m. to avoid disturbing your sleep with the need to urinate.
Follow the instructions on your prescription label carefully. Don't take more or less LOZOL than is recommended.
Continue to take LOZOL even if you feel well. Don't stop your treatment without first talking to your doctor.
Symptoms of an LOZOL overdose may include:
If you suspect an overdose, contact a poison control center or emergency room immediately.
Missed Dose of LOZOL
If you miss a dose of LOZOL, take it as soon as you remember.
But if it's almost time for your next scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular medication schedule.
Don't take extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
Warnings and Precautions
Before taking LOZOL, tell your doctor if you have, or have ever had, any of the following:
- Gout (a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid crystals in the joints)
- Any type of heart problem
- Kidney disease
- Liver disease
- Problems urinating
- Lupus (a chronic inflammatory condition)
- Thyroid or parathyroid disease
- Low levels of sodium or potassium in the blood
- Persistent vomiting
- A neurosurgical procedure known as a sympathectomy
- Allergies to any medication
LOZOL may affect your blood sugar levels. If you have diabetes, monitor your condition carefully while using this medicine.
Let your doctor know you're taking LOZOL before having any type of medical or dental procedure.
Also, tell your doctor if you're currently on a low-salt diet.
Your doctor may recommend that you adopt a specific diet and exercise plan while taking LOZOL. Follow these instructions carefully.
Try to avoid becoming dehydrated while using LOZOL. Ask your doctor how much fluid you should consume throughout the day.
This medicine may make your skin more sensitive to sunlight. Avoid unnecessary exposure to the sun and tanning booths, and wear sunscreen and protective clothing while outdoors.
Your doctor will want to perform frequent tests to check your body's response to LOZOL.
Keep all appointments with your doctor and laboratory.
Pregnancy and LOZOL
LOZOL should only be taken during pregnancy when it's clearly needed.
Tell your doctor if you become pregnant while using this medicine. You'll need to discuss the benefits and risks of taking LOZOL during pregnancy.
It's not known whether this drug passes into breast milk. Don't breastfeed a baby while using LOZOL.
Common Side Effects of LOZOL
Tell your doctor if any of the following side effects become severe or don't go away:
- Frequent urination (this symptom should decrease after a few weeks of treatment)
- Mild dizziness or lightheadedness (especially when standing or sitting up)
- Back pain
- Mild diarrhea
- Runny nose
- Trouble sleeping
- Upset stomach
- Decreased sexual ability
Serious Side Effects of LOZOL
Tell your doctor right away if you experience any of the following serious side effects:
- Chest pain
- Blurred vision
- Dark-colored urine
- Decreased urination or problems with urination
- Pale-colored stools
- Dry mouth
- Fast or irregular heartbeat
- Fever, chills, cough, or sore throat
- Increased thirst
- Loss of appetite
- Numbness of the hands or feet
- Severe dizziness, drowsiness, or lightheadedness
- Severe stomach pain
- Red, swollen, peeling, or blistered skin
- Swelling of the hands, ankles, or feet
- Muscle pain, weakness, or cramping
- Mental or mood changes
- Unusual sluggishness, tiredness, or weakness
- Unusual bruising or bleeding
- Signs of anaphylaxis, which may include rash, hives, itching, difficulty breathing, chest tightness, or swelling of the face, mouth, lips, or tongue
Interactions with this medication
Tell your doctor about all prescription, nonprescription, illegal, recreational, herbal, nutritional, or dietary drugs you're taking, especially:
- Other medication for high blood pressure
- Corticosteroids, such as prednisone
- Lanoxin (digoxin)
- Indocin (indomethacin)
- Lithobid (lithium)
- Benemid (probenecid)
LOZOL and Other Interactions
LOZOL may make you drowsy.
Don't drive or perform activities that require alertness until you know how this medicine affects you.
LOZOL and Alcohol
Alcohol may worsen certain side effects of LOZOL.
Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages while using this medicine.
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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.