Corzide

Generic Name: Bendroflumethiazide

  • What is this medication and its most common uses?

    Corzide is a medicine used to treat high blood pressure. Corzide contains two medicines that work in two different ways to reduce your blood pressure: nadolol and bendroflumethiazide.

  • What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?

    How does this medication work?

    Nadolol works by decreasing your heart rate, and relaxing and widening your blood vessels, allowing your blood to flow through with less resistance. Bendroflumethiazide is a water pill and works by eliminating extra fluid and sodium (salt) from your body. Together, they help to lower your blood pressure.

    What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?

    What: By lowering your blood pressure, Corzide may lower your risk of a stroke or a heart attack.

    When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions. Though you may not feel an improvement or change in the way you feel, it is very important to keep taking your medicine as prescribed to keep your condition under control.

    How do I know it is working?

    Check your blood pressure regularly. Your healthcare provider will also check your blood pressure at every visit. Following an appropriate diet and exercise plan will also affect your blood pressure results.

  • What are the possible side effects of this medication?

    The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.

    Do not stop taking Corzide without first talking to your healthcare provider. Stopping Corzide suddenly may cause severe chest pain or a heart attack.

    More common side effects may include: slow heart rate, dizziness, nausea, vomiting.

    Less common side effects may include:

    Worsened heart failure with symptoms such as weight gain, increased shortness of breath, or a slow heartbeat.

    Changes in electrolytes (chemicals that are important for the cells in your body to function, such as sodium and potassium) with symptoms such as dry mouth, thirst, weakness, tiredness, drowsiness, restlessness, muscle pains or cramps, muscle tiredness, dizziness or fainting, low or no urine output, fast heartbeat, or nausea and vomiting.

    Corzide may hide symptoms of low blood sugar levels if you have diabetes.

  • Who should not take this medication?

    Do not take Corzide if you are allergic to it, any of its ingredients, or other sulfonamide medications (such as sulfamethoxazole).

    Do not take Corzide if you have certain heart problems (such as heart failure, a slow heartbeat, or your heart skips a beat) or asthma.

    Do not take Corzide if you are unable to produce urine.

  • What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?

    Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Corzide. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have kidney, liver, thyroid, or heart problems; lung problems (such as bronchitis or emphysema); diabetes; if you are scheduled for surgery; or if you are breastfeeding.

    Tell your healthcare provider if you have a history of severe allergic reactions to any allergens, because Corzide may decrease the effectiveness of epinephrine, a medicine used to treat such reactions.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.

    Adults: The usual starting dose is 40/5 (40 milligrams [mg] of nadolol and 5 mg of bendroflumethiazide) once a day.

    Your healthcare provider may increase your dose as needed, until the desired effect is achieved.

    If you are elderly or have kidney impairment, your healthcare provider may adjust your dose appropriately.

    It is important that you do not stop taking this medication abruptly. If you need to change or stop taking this medication, it is important that you only do this with the guidance of your healthcare provider.

  • How should I take this medication?

    Take Corzide exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider.

  • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

    Do not change your dose or stop taking Corzide without first talking to your healthcare provider.

  • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

    If Corzide is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. Corzide may interact with numerous medications. Therefore, it is very important that you tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking.

  • May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Corzide during pregnancy are unknown. Corzide can be found in your breast milk if you take it while breastfeeding. Do not breastfeed while you are taking Corzide. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?

    If you miss a dose of Corzide, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.

  • How should I store this medication?

    Store at room temperature. Protect from excessive heat.

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