moexipril and hydrochlorothiazide (Oral route)

hye-droe-klor-oh-THYE-a-zide, moe-EX-i-pril hye-droe-KLOR-ide

Oral route(Tablet)

Discontinue moexipril hydrochloride/hydrochlorothiazide as soon as possible once pregnancy is detected since drugs that act directly on the renin-angiotensin system can cause injury and death to the developing fetus .

Commonly used brand name(s)

In the U.S.

  • Uniretic

Available Dosage Forms:

  • Tablet

Therapeutic Class: ACE Inhibitor/Thiazide Combination

Pharmacologic Class: Diuretic

Chemical Class: Thiazide

Uses For moexipril and hydrochlorothiazide

Moexipril and hydrochlorothiazide combination is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). High blood pressure adds to the workload of the heart and arteries. If it continues for a long time, the heart and arteries may not function properly. This can damage the blood vessels of the brain, heart, and kidneys, resulting in a stroke, heart failure, or kidney failure. Lowering blood pressure reduces the risk of strokes and heart attacks.

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Moexipril is an angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor. It works by blocking a substance in the body that causes blood vessels to tighten. As a result, moexipril relaxes the blood vessels. This lowers blood pressure and increases the supply of blood and oxygen to the heart.

Hydrochlorothiazide is a thiazide diuretic (water pill). It reduces the amount of water in the body by increasing the flow of urine, which helps lower blood pressure.

moexipril and hydrochlorothiazide is available only with your doctor's prescription.

Before Using moexipril and hydrochlorothiazide

In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For moexipril and hydrochlorothiazide, the following should be considered:

Allergies

Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to moexipril and hydrochlorothiazide or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. For non-prescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully.

Pediatric

Appropriate studies have not been performed on the relationship of age to the effects of moexipril and hydrochlorothiazide combination in the pediatric population. Safety and efficacy have not been established.

Geriatric

Appropriate studies performed to date have not demonstrated geriatric-specific problems that would limit the usefulness of moexipril and hydrochlorothiazide combination in the elderly. However, elderly patients are more likely to have age-related kidney problems, which may require caution and a dose adjustment for patients receiving moexipril and hydrochlorothiazide combination.

Pregnancy

Pregnancy Category Explanation
All Trimesters D Studies in pregnant women have demonstrated a risk to the fetus. However, the benefits of therapy in a life threatening situation or a serious disease, may outweigh the potential risk.

Breast Feeding

Hydrochlorothiazide

Studies suggest that this medication may alter milk production or composition. If an alternative to this medication is not prescribed, you should monitor the infant for side effects and adequate milk intake.

Moexipril

There are no adequate studies in women for determining infant risk when using this medication during breastfeeding. Weigh the potential benefits against the potential risks before taking this medication while breastfeeding.

Interactions with Medicines

Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. When you are taking moexipril and hydrochlorothiazide, it is especially important that your healthcare professional know if you are taking any of the medicines listed below. The following interactions have been selected on the basis of their potential significance and are not necessarily all-inclusive.

Using moexipril and hydrochlorothiazide with any of the following medicines is not recommended. Your doctor may decide not to treat you with this medication or change some of the other medicines you take.

  • Aliskiren
  • Dofetilide

Using moexipril and hydrochlorothiazide with any of the following medicines is usually not recommended, but may be required in some cases. If both medicines are prescribed together, your doctor may change the dose or how often you use one or both of the medicines.

  • Acetyldigoxin
  • Alteplase, Recombinant
  • Amiloride
  • Arsenic Trioxide
  • Azathioprine
  • Azilsartan
  • Candesartan Cilexetil
  • Canrenoate
  • Cyclophosphamide
  • Deslanoside
  • Digitalis
  • Digitoxin
  • Digoxin
  • Droperidol
  • Eplerenone
  • Eprosartan
  • Flecainide
  • Irbesartan
  • Ketanserin
  • Levomethadyl
  • Lithium
  • Losartan
  • Methotrexate
  • Metildigoxin
  • Olmesartan Medoxomil
  • Ouabain
  • Potassium
  • Proscillaridin
  • Sotalol
  • Spironolactone
  • Telmisartan
  • Triamterene
  • Valsartan

Using moexipril and hydrochlorothiazide with any of the following medicines may cause an increased risk of certain side effects, but using both drugs may be the best treatment for you. If both medicines are prescribed together, your doctor may change the dose or how often you use one or both of the medicines.

  • Aceclofenac
  • Acemetacin
  • Alacepril
  • Amtolmetin Guacil
  • Aspirin
  • Azosemide
  • Bemetizide
  • Benazepril
  • Bendroflumethiazide
  • Benzthiazide
  • Bepridil
  • Bromfenac
  • Bufexamac
  • Bumetanide
  • Bupivacaine
  • Bupivacaine Liposome
  • Buthiazide
  • Capsaicin
  • Captopril
  • Carbamazepine
  • Celecoxib
  • Chlorothiazide
  • Chlorpropamide
  • Chlorthalidone
  • Cholestyramine
  • Choline Salicylate
  • Cilazapril
  • Clonixin
  • Clopamide
  • Cyclopenthiazide
  • Cyclothiazide
  • Delapril
  • Dexibuprofen
  • Dexketoprofen
  • Diclofenac
  • Diflunisal
  • Dipyrone
  • Enalaprilat
  • Enalapril Maleate
  • Ethacrynic Acid
  • Etodolac
  • Etofenamate
  • Etoricoxib
  • Felbinac
  • Fenoprofen
  • Fepradinol
  • Feprazone
  • Floctafenine
  • Flufenamic Acid
  • Flurbiprofen
  • Fosinopril
  • Furosemide
  • Ginkgo
  • Glipizide
  • Gold Sodium Thiomalate
  • Gossypol
  • Hydrochlorothiazide
  • Hydroflumethiazide
  • Ibuprofen
  • Ibuprofen Lysine
  • Imidapril
  • Indapamide
  • Indomethacin
  • Ketoprofen
  • Ketorolac
  • Licorice
  • Lisinopril
  • Lornoxicam
  • Loxoprofen
  • Lumiracoxib
  • Meclofenamate
  • Mefenamic Acid
  • Meloxicam
  • Methyclothiazide
  • Metolazone
  • Moexipril
  • Morniflumate
  • Nabumetone
  • Naproxen
  • Nepafenac
  • Niflumic Acid
  • Nimesulide
  • Oxaprozin
  • Oxyphenbutazone
  • Parecoxib
  • Pentopril
  • Perindopril
  • Phenylbutazone
  • Piketoprofen
  • Piretanide
  • Piroxicam
  • Polythiazide
  • Pranoprofen
  • Proglumetacin
  • Propyphenazone
  • Proquazone
  • Quinapril
  • Quinethazone
  • Ramipril
  • Rofecoxib
  • Salicylic Acid
  • Salsalate
  • Sodium Salicylate
  • Spirapril
  • Sulindac
  • Temocapril
  • Tenoxicam
  • Tiaprofenic Acid
  • Tolfenamic Acid
  • Tolmetin
  • Topiramate
  • Torsemide
  • Trandolapril
  • Trichlormethiazide
  • Valdecoxib
  • Xipamide
  • Zofenopril

Interactions with Food/Tobacco/Alcohol

Certain medicines should not be used at or around the time of eating food or eating certain types of food since interactions may occur. Using alcohol or tobacco with certain medicines may also cause interactions to occur. Discuss with your healthcare professional the use of your medicine with food, alcohol, or tobacco.

Other Medical Problems

The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of moexipril and hydrochlorothiazide. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:

  • Angioedema (swelling of the face, lips, tongue, throat, arms, or legs), history of—May increase the risk of this condition occurring again.
  • Anuria (not able to pass urine) or
  • Diabetic patients who are also taking aliskiren (Tekturna®) or
  • Sulfa drug allergy (e.g., sulfamethoxazole, Bactrim®, Septra®)—Should not be used in patients with these conditions.
  • Asthma, history of—May increase likelihood of having an allergic reaction.
  • Collagen vascular disease (an autoimmune disease) together with kidney disease—Increased risk of blood problems.
  • Congestive heart failure or
  • Dehydration or
  • Diarrhea or
  • Heart or blood vessel disease or
  • Hyponatremia (low sodium in the blood) or
  • Kidney disease—These conditions may cause the blood pressure to fall too low with moexipril and hydrochlorothiazide.
  • Diabetes or
  • Kidney problems—Increased risk of potassium levels in the body becoming too high.
  • Edema (swelling or fluid in the body) or
  • Electrolyte imbalance (e.g., low levels of magnesium, potassium, salt or sodium in the body) or
  • Fluid imbalance (due to excessive perspiration, vomiting, diarrhea) or
  • Glaucoma, secondary angle closure or
  • Gout or
  • Heart disease (e.g., ischemic heart disease, aortic stenosis, cerebrovascular disease) or
  • Hypercalcemia (high calcium in the blood) or
  • Hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol in the blood) or
  • Liver disease or
  • Myopia, acute (changes in the eyeball causing vision problems) or
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)—Use with caution. May make these conditions worse.

Proper Use of moexipril and hydrochlorothiazide

moexipril and hydrochlorothiazide should not be the first medicine you use to treat your condition. It is meant to be used only after you have tried other medicines that have not worked or have caused unwanted side effects.

In addition to the use of moexipril and hydrochlorothiazide, treatment for your high blood pressure may include weight control and changes in the types of foods you eat, especially foods high in sodium (salt). Your doctor will tell you which of these are most important for you. You should check with your doctor before changing your diet.

Many patients who have high blood pressure will not notice any signs of the problem. In fact, many may feel normal. It is very important that you take your medicine exactly as directed and that you keep your appointments with your doctor even if you feel well.

Remember that moexipril and hydrochlorothiazide will not cure your high blood pressure but it does help control it. Therefore, you must continue to take it as directed if you expect to lower your blood pressure and keep it down. You may have to take high blood pressure medicine for the rest of your life. If high blood pressure is not treated, it can cause serious problems such as heart failure, blood vessel disease, stroke, or kidney disease.

It is best to take moexipril and hydrochlorothiazide on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before meals.

Dosing

The dose of moexipril and hydrochlorothiazide will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of moexipril and hydrochlorothiazide. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For oral dosage form (tablets):
    • For high blood pressure:
      • Adults—1 or 2 tablets once a day.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of moexipril and hydrochlorothiazide, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.

Storage

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.

Precautions While Using moexipril and hydrochlorothiazide

It is very important that your doctor check your progress at regular visits to make sure moexipril and hydrochlorothiazide is working properly. Blood and urine tests may be needed to check for unwanted effects.

Using moexipril and hydrochlorothiazide while you are pregnant can harm your unborn baby. Use an effective form of birth control to keep from getting pregnant. If you think you have become pregnant while using moexipril and hydrochlorothiazide, tell your doctor right away.

moexipril and hydrochlorothiazide may cause serious types of allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis can be life-threatening and requires immediate medical attention. Call your doctor right away if you have a rash, itching, hoarseness, trouble breathing, trouble swallowing, or any swelling of the face, arms, legs, eyes, lips, tongue, or throat while you are using moexipril and hydrochlorothiazide.

Call your doctor right away if you have severe stomach pain (with or without nausea or vomiting). This could be a symptom of a condition called intestinal angioedema.

Dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting may also occur, especially when you get up from a lying or sitting position or if you have been taking a diuretic (water pill). Make sure you know how you react to the medicine before you drive, use machines, or do other things that could be dangerous if you are dizzy or not alert. If you feel dizzy, lie down so you do not faint. Then sit for a few moments before standing to prevent the dizziness from returning. If you faint, stop using moexipril and hydrochlorothiazide and call your doctor right away.

Check with your doctor right away if you become sick while taking moexipril and hydrochlorothiazide, especially with severe or continuing nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. These conditions may cause you to lose too much water or salt and may lead to low blood pressure. You can also lose water by sweating, so drink plenty of water during exercise or in hot weather.

Tell your doctor immediately if you have a fever, chills, or sore throat. These may be symptoms of an infection resulting from low white blood cells.

moexipril and hydrochlorothiazide may affect blood sugar levels. If you notice a change in the results of your blood or urine sugar tests, or if you have any questions, check with your doctor.

Check with your doctor right away if you have any symptoms of liver problems, such as dark-colored urine or pale stools, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, pain in your upper stomach, or yellow skin or eyes.

Check with your doctor immediately if blurred vision, difficulty in reading, eye pain, or any other change in vision occurs during or after treatment. Your doctor may want an eye doctor to check your eyes.

Hyperkalemia (high potassium in the blood) may occur while you are using moexipril and hydrochlorothiazide. Check with your doctor right away if you have the following symptoms: abdominal or stomach pain, confusion, difficulty with breathing, irregular heartbeat, nausea or vomiting, nervousness, numbness or tingling in the hands, feet, or lips, shortness of breath, or weakness or heaviness of the legs. Do not use supplements or salt substitutes containing potassium or without first checking with your doctor.

Make sure any doctor or dentist who treats you knows that you are using moexipril and hydrochlorothiazide. You may need to stop using moexipril and hydrochlorothiazide several days before having surgery or medical tests.

Black patients may be less sensitive to the blood pressure-lowering effects of moexipril and hydrochlorothiazide. In addition, the risk of a serious allergic reaction involving swelling of the face, mouth, hands, or feet may be increased.

Do not take other medicines unless they have been discussed with your doctor. This especially includes over-the-counter (nonprescription) medicines for appetite control, asthma, colds, cough, hay fever, or sinus problems, since they may tend to increase your blood pressure.

moexipril and hydrochlorothiazide Side Effects

Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:

Less common
  • Blurred vision
  • confusion
  • decreased urination
  • dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
  • dry mouth
  • fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat
  • muscle cramps or pain
  • numbness, tingling, pain, or weakness in the hands or feet
  • rapid breathing
  • seizures
  • sunken eyes
  • sweating
  • thirst
  • trembling
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • weakness and heaviness of the legs
  • wrinkled skin

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

Less common
  • Dry cough

Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

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