Without a Prescription
Zestoretic is a popular water pill (thiazide diuretic) that has proven itself to be highly efficient in the prevention of fluid retention (that is generally caused by abnormally high salt absorption). Zestoretic belongs to a wide class of medicines that is generally referred to as ACE inhibitors (angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors).
Zestoretic is a popular ACE inhibitor that is generally prescribed in the treatment of high blood pressure. However, Zestoretic could also serve some other purposes that have not been listed here. Ask your personal health care provider for more information about Zestoretic.
While you are using Zestoretic you should avoid consuming any products that contain alcohol, as this is known to increase Zestoretic's side effects. During your intake of Zestoretic you should avoid becoming dehydrated or overheated (avoid hot weather and exhaustive exercises). Your personal physician might advise you to drink plenty of fluids during your treatment with Zestoretic.
A treatment with Zestoretic is known to impair the patient's reactions and / or thinking. While you are using Zestoretic you should avoid performing any sort of activities that are known to require either mental or physical alertness (this includes driving). You should not start taking Zestoretic if you are suffering from known allergic reactions to any of its ingredients. Before you take Zestoretic you should inform your personal health care specialist if you are suffering from allergies to any foods, dyes, preservatives or any other substances (this includes other medicines, especially sulfa drugs).
Some medical disorders are known to sometimes prevent a patient from starting a treatment with Zestoretic. Patients who have any of the medical disorders that are listed below should not be allowed to start using Zestoretic or should be prescribed a lower dose of it (also, their treatment with Zestoretic should be closely monitored by their personal health care provider):
- Heart rhythm disorder or congestive heart failure;
- High cholesterol;
- Kidney disorder;
- Liver disease;
Zestoretic is known to be a category D FDA pregnancy drug. Patients who are pregnant or ho want to become pregnant soon should not start using Zestoretic, as intake of Zestoretic during pregnancy could severely harm a growing fetus. While you are taking Zestoretic you should use an effective non hormonal contraceptive method. It has been established that Zestoretic's components are able to pass into the female patient's breast milk (and could harm a nursing child). If you are currently breast feeding an infant, you should ask your personal physician if it is safe fro the baby for you to start taking Zestoretic.
Ask your personal health care specialist to give you a set of precise and detailed instructions regarding how and when you should take your doses of Zestoretic. If you have failed to understand some of them you should ask a nurse or a pharmacist for further advice and recommendations. If you are in need of more information about Zestoretic or about your treatment with it, you should simply consult the drug's label. Do not stop your treatment with Zestoretic without your physician's approval, as this could trigger several severe side effects.
Each dose of Zestoretic should be accompanied by a full glass of liquid. As Zestoretic is not known to be a stomach irritant, you may take it either on a full or on an empty stomach. During your treatment with Zestoretic you will probably have to undergo several blood tests to make sure that Zestoretic is working properly. Severe diarrhea, vomiting, or heavy sweating is known to trigger dehydration that can lead to electrolyte disorders, low blood pressure, or kidney failure. Such medical conditions are extremely dangerous during your treatment with Zestoretic; therefore you should drink plenty of water each day while you are using Zestoretic.
If you have to undergo any sort of operation (surgery) during your treatment with Zestoretic you should make sure that the surgeon knows that you are using Zestoretic (you might have to stop using Zestoretic for a short while). Zestoretic should be kept at the average room temperature, away from heat, moisture and direct sunlight. Do not store it in the bathroom or near the kitchen sink.
Ask your personal doctor to tell you the exact dose of Zestoretic that you should take in on a regular basis. During your treatment with Zestoretic your personal physician might want to change your dose of Zestoretic. Do not deviate from any of your physician's instructions.
If you suspect that you might be suffering from an overdose with Zestoretic you should seek emergency medical care. A Zestoretic overdose could trigger weakness, nausea, fainting, dry mouth muscle pain, thirst, muscle weakness, and feeling light-headed.
It is very important to try and take your prescribed doses of Zestoretic at their proper time. If you miss taking a dose of Zestoretic you should use it as soon as you recall. If it is time for another dose, you must skip the one that you have missed. It is strictly forbidden to take extra doses of Zestoretic without your physician's approval.
Zestoretic's less severe side effects include:
- Blurred vision;
- Diarrhea or constipation;
- Drowsiness, dizziness, headache;
- Mild skin rash or itching;
- Mild vomiting, nausea, or stomach pain;
During your treatment with Zestoretic you should avoid taking any of these medicines:
- Blood pressure drugs;
- Cholestyramine (questran, prevalite);
- Colestipol (colestid);
- Digoxin (lanoxin);
- Lithium (eskalith, lithobid);
- Oral diabetes drugs;
- Other water pills;
Other Brand Names
In some countries Zestoretic may also be known as:
- Lisi Lich;