Drug: QUINAPRIL/HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE - ORAL (KWIN-a-pril/HYE-droe-KLOR-oh-THYE-a-zide)

This medication is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). Lowering high blood pressure helps prevent strokes, heart attacks, and kidney problems.This product contains two medications, quinapril and hydrochlorothiazide. Quinapril belongs to a class of drugs known as ACE inhibitors. It works by relaxing blood vessels so blood can flow more easily. Hydrochlorothiazide (or "The thiazide diuretic") increases the amount of urine you make, removing extra water and salt from your body. These medications are used together when one drug is not controlling your blood pressure.OTHER This section contains uses of this drug that are not listed in the approved professional labeling for the drug but that may be prescribed by your health care professional. Use this drug for a condition that is listed in this section only if it has been so prescribed by your health care professional.This medication may also be used to treat congestive heart failure.

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Dizziness, lightheadedness, drowsiness, headache, tiredness, blurred vision, or dry cough may occur as your body adjusts to the medication. You may also experience decreased sexual ability or increased sensitivity to the sun. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.This product may cause a loss of too much body water (dehydration) and salt/minerals. Tell your doctor right away if you have any symptoms of dehydration or mineral loss, including: extreme thirst, very dry mouth, muscle cramps/weakness, fast/slow/irregular heartbeat, confusion, decreased urination.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: signs of infection (e.g., fever, chills, persistent sore throat), easy bruising/bleeding, symptoms of a high potassium blood level (such as muscle weakness, slow/irregular heartbeat), numbness/tingling/swelling of the hands/feet, muscle/joint aches, decrease in vision, eye pain.This drug may rarely cause serious (possibly fatal) liver problems. Seek immediate medical attention if you notice any of the following rare but very serious side effects: yellowing eyes/skin, dark urine, severe stomach/abdominal pain, persistent tiredness, persistent nausea/vomiting.Seek immediate medical attention if this rare but very serious side effect occurs: unusual change in the amount of urine (not including the normal increase in urine when you first start this drug).A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.In the US -Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

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Store at room temperature between 68-77 degrees F (20-25 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medicines away from children and pets.Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company for more details about how to safely discard your product. Information last revised March 2014. Copyright(c) 2014 First Databank, Inc.

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See also How to Use and Precautions sections.Your healthcare professionals (e.g., doctor or pharmacist) may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for it. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.This drug should not be used with the following medication because a very serious interaction may occur: dofetilide.If you are currently using the medication listed above, tell your doctor or pharmacist before starting quinapril with hydrochlorothiazide.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use, especially of: aliskiren, cisapride, drugs affecting the bone marrow (e.g., azathioprine), drugs that can increase dizziness (e.g., phenobarbital, narcotic pain relievers such as codeine), diazoxide, lithium, probenecid, drugs that may increase the level of potassium in the blood (such as ARBs including losartan/valsartan, birth control pills containing drospirenone), other "water pills" (diuretics such as amiloride, furosemide, triamterene), gold injections.This product contains magnesium which can interfere with the absorption of some medications. For example, if you are taking a tetracycline antibiotic, take it at least 2 hours apart from quinapril/hydrochlorothiazide. If you are taking a quinolone antibiotic (e.g., ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin) or a bisphosphonate (e.g., risedronate), consult your pharmacist for the proper times to take those medications apart from quinapril/hydrochlorothiazide. This is not a complete list.A very serious reaction may occur if you are getting injections for bee/wasp sting allergy (desensitization) and are also taking quinapril with hydrochlorothiazide. Make sure all your doctors know which medicines you are using.Check the labels on all your medicines (e.g., cough-and-cold products, diet aids, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs-NSAIDs for pain/fever reduction) because they may contain ingredients that could increase your blood pressure (e.g., pseudoephedrine, phenylephrine) or reduce the effect of this medication (e.g., ibuprofen, naproxen). Ask your pharmacist about the safe use of those products.This product can affect the results of certain lab tests. Make sure laboratory personnel and all your doctors know you use this drug.This document does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use. Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share the list with your doctor and pharmacist.

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