What is Tekturna HCT?Tekturna HCT is used to treat high blood pressure. It contains two medicines: aliskiren and the diuretic (water pill) hydrochlorothiazide. Tekturna HCT may be used alone or in combination with other blood pressure medications.
What is the most important information I should know about Tekturna HCT?Do not use Tekturna HCT during pregnancy. If you become pregnant while on this medication, stop taking it and call your doctor right away. Tekturna HCT may harm an unborn baby, causing injury and even death.
Tekturna HCT may cause an allergic reaction. This can occur any time during treatment and is more likely to happen if you have had an allergic reaction to other blood pressure medications known as ACE inhibitors or angiotensin receptor antagonists. Stop using Tekturna HCT and seek medical attention right away if you experience breathing problems or swelling of the face, lips, tongue, throat, arms, or legs.
Tekturna HCT could cause your blood pressure to drop too low, leading to dizziness or lightheadedness. This is more likely to happen if you also take certain medications (such as diuretics, barbiturates, or narcotics), drink alcohol, are on a low-salt diet, get dialysis treatments, have heart problems, or get sick with vomiting or diarrhea. Lie down if you feel faint or dizzy, and contact your doctor right away, as you may need your dose of Tekturna HCT adjusted.
Who should not take Tekturna HCT?You should not take this medication if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding. Do not take Tekturna HCT if you make very little or no urine due to kidney problems; or if you are allergic to any of its ingredients or to sulfa drugs (sulfonamides).
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Tekturna HCT?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Tekturna HCT. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have any of the following: kidney or liver problems, lupus (a disease that affects the immune system), allergies or asthma, or if you have had an allergic reaction to any blood pressure medication. Alert your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan on becoming pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
What is the usual dosage?The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.
Adults: The usual starting dose is 150 milligrams (mg) of aliskiren/12.5 mg of hydrochlorothiazide taken once daily. Your doctor may increase the daily dose up to 300 mg/25 mg if your blood pressure is not adequately controlled on a lower dose.
How should I take Tekturna HCT?Take Tekturna HCT once a day, with or without food. Take the medication at the same time each day, since it is best to establish a routine.
What should I avoid while taking Tekturna HCT?Avoid taking Tekturna HCT with high-fat meals, since this may decrease absorption.
It is best to avoid treatment with Tekturna HCT if you are taking lithium or cyclosporine.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Tekturna HCT?If Tekturna HCT is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Tekturna HCT with the following: alcohol, antifungal medicines (such as ketoconazole), atorvastatin, barbiturates or narcotic medicines, blood thinners, cholestyramine, colestipol, corticosteroids, cyclosporine, diuretics (such as furosemide), lithium, other medicines for high blood pressure or heart problems (such as verapamil), potassium-containing medicines, potassium supplements, drugs that increase blood pressure such as epinephrine, salt substitutes containing potassium, skeletal muscle relaxants (such as tubocurarine), diabetes medications including insulin, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
What are the possible side effects of Tekturna HCT?Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.
Side effects may include: dizziness, flu-like symptoms, diarrhea, cough, tiredness, low blood pressure (such as feeling faint or dizzy)
Serious side effects that require immediate medical attention include: difficulty breathing, swelling of the face, lips, tongue, throat, arms and legs
Can I receive Tekturna HCT if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?You should not take Tekturna HCT if you are pregnant. If you become pregnant while on this medication, inform your doctor right away. It is not known whether Tekturna HCT passes into breast milk, but it could potentially harm a breastfeeding baby. You should discuss with your doctor whether it is best to stop breastfeeding or to stop taking this medication.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Tekturna HCT?If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular schedule. Do not take two doses at once.
How should I store Tekturna HCT?Store at room temperature in a dry place. Keep the medication in the original prescription bottle; do not remove the drying agent from the bottle.
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