Zestoretic is what’s called a thiazide diuretic (water pill) and it helps the body to stop from absorbing too much salt. This is what can lead to fluid retention. It’s a part of a group of drugs known as ACE inhibitors. ACE means angiotensin converting enzyme. The drug is able to help lower a persons blood pressure and it can also offer relief from the symptoms of fluid retention.
Zestoretic is a combination drug. The two active ingredients in it are Hydrochlorothiazide and lisinopril. Together they work really well in order to treat hypertension (high blood pressure). There are also some other purposes for this medication, but these haven’t been approved by the FDA. So in these cases a doctor will give out the drug at their discretion.
If you’re given a prescription for Zestoretic, then what are some of the potential side effects you might face as a result?
Allergic reactions-This means you might get hives, severe stomach pain, have a hard time breathing, swelling in the face, lips, tongue or throat.
A light-headed feeling, like you might pass out
Eye pain, vision problems
Little or no urinating
Feeling weak, drowsy, or restless
Fever, chills, sore throat, mouth sores, trouble swallowing
Jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes)
High potassium–nausea, slow or unusual heart rate, weakness, loss of movement
Low potassium–leg cramps, constipation, irregular heartbeats, fluttering in your chest, extreme thirst, increased urination, numbness or tingling, muscle weakness or limp feeling
Low levels of sodium in the body–headache, confusion, slurred speech, severe weakness, vomiting, loss of coordination, feeling unsteady.
The above are serious potential side effects. This means that your chances of experiencing any of them is very low. If you were to experience any of these, then you would have to be very careful to monitor just how severe they were. Depending on the severity you might not have time to get in touch with a doctor or wait until you saw one.
In some cases urgent care would be required along with you stopping use of the drug right away. All in all. You can lower your chances of experiencing any of the above serious side effects by making sure to take the drug exactly as told by a doctor. You also need to make sure you store it properly and control alcohol consumption.
What are some of the more common or less serious side effects you might be at risk of when you take Zestoretic?
These side effects are more common, which means that they have a higher probability of happening. These occur as a result of your body needing some time to get used to the new medication you’re taking. After a short period of time these side effects should subside or go away altogether. If this doesn’t happen or if the side effects become worse, then you need to stop use and let a doctor know what’s going on. Sometimes a pharmacist can also be of use.
Is this medication right for you?
There are all sorts of medicational treatment you can use in order to treat the condition you have. What a doctor will focus on is which one comes with the least risk. Zestoretic, because of how well tested it is comes with low risk and is proven.