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Do I need to taper off hydrochlorothiazide/spironolactone 25mg-25mg or can I just stop it?

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Laura Bosnyak 1 March 2022

I currently take 25 mg hydrochlorothiazide in the morning I also take 50 mg of losartan at night is it safe for me to stop taking hydrochlorothiazide

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Elliottastronomy 10 April 2018

I’ve been taking Hydrochlorothiazide 12.5mg for 3 days now in the morning and have had severe muscle cramps in my legs and just soar all over and i just want the leg aches to stop... I’m also very restless and jittery... i have been trying to eat but i am nauseous and just feel reaallllly bad... i really want to get off of this right away is it safe to do so? Is it safe to stop it?

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phunke 1 May 2018

You may want to try drinking more water. I drink about a gallon of quality water a day while I was taking Hydrochlorothiazide. You might try hawthorn berry and dandelion as an alternative to HCT. Hawthorn berry has been a good replacement, at least for me, for HCT.

LaurieShay 15 Feb 2011

Hey NatalieE,

I have to reiterate and add to what has been said. You can stop these medications without tapering but you run the risks of electrolyte and hormonal imbalance. You need to be under a doctor's care so to avoid complicaitons like high blood pressure, hyperkalemia, and hypokalemia, to name just a few.

The signs of imbalance are as follows:

Warning signs or symptoms of fluid and electrolyte imbalance include dryness of mouth, thirst, weakness, lethargy, drowsiness, restlessness, muscle pains or cramps, muscular fatigue, hypotension, oliguria, tachycardia, and gastrointestinal disturbances such as nausea and vomiting.

High blood pressure can be symptomless, but life threatening if gone untreated.

Please consult your doctor before discontinuing these medications.

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NatalieE 15 Feb 2011

Thanks for the answer. I have stopped the Spirono/Hctz. I am monitoring my blood pressure at home. Also, I am on a diet and losing weight. Hopefully, if all goes as planned, I won't have to restart the HBP med. However, I will keep the warning signs and/or symptoms in mind.

NOLA9 23 April 2017

Those "warning signs or symptoms" of imbalance are very similar to the adverse effects in the warnings for HCTZ.

Nodrajnyc 1 Oct 2018

I'm having the fatigue symptom while taking it. Got to get off of it. I feel worse than when I was taking a higher dose of a different diuretic.

caringsonbj 15 Feb 2011

it's not that this medication cannot be discontinued the thing of it is you need to talk with your doctor as see if this is OK with him before doing this. I wish you the very best

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NatalieE 15 Feb 2011

Thanks for the answer. I have stopped the Spirono/Hctz. I am monitoring my blood pressure at home. I am losing weight from being on the Nutrisystem. Hopefully, if all goes as planned, I won't have to restart the HBP med.

Marvell 15 Feb 2011

You can just stop taking hydrochlorothiazide and spironolactone... you don't need to taper off. However, before stopping please discuss this with your doctor. Your blood pressure will need to be monitored when you come off this, and perhaps your doctor may wish to put you on some other medicine.

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NatalieE 15 Feb 2011

Thanks for the answer. I have stopped Spirono/Hctz. However, I am monitoring my blood pressure at home. I am on a Nutrisystem diet and losing weight. So far, my blood pressure is normal.
If my blood pressure should rise abnormally, I will start back on the HBP med. Hopefully, all will go as planned!

Tootsie73 25 March 2012

Thank goodness because I feel like if I take the hydro... one more day I won't be able to walk across the room. I have been telling my Dr. my symptoms but he just says it's my knees and a touch of arthritis... but I never had anything like this until I started taking this pill and Crestor. I monitor my pressure at home and it is fine... until I get to the Dr. office and that's when it elevates. I am a very active person in my community and I want to get back to business. I hope I can get some good advice to help me through this. thanks!

suecal78 8 Feb 2015

Get off the Crestor. Statins are poison. Almost destroyed my muscles. I went down like a rubber band.

spiderbat6 16 June 2015

Iv'e been taking hydrochlorothiazide . for about 1 month my blood is fine at home but everytime i go to the dr. to get a blood pressure my pressure elevates. now my dr want to increase my medication to hydrochlorothiazide 25 mg and lisinopril 20 mg..Does anyone have any comments?

evoc 4 June 2018

It was safe for me to stop HCTZ, no taper off, no side effects. HCTZ can cause unusual side effects a physician may not be aware of, but his nurse may have heard people mention them. One of them, for me, and according to the nurse, is irregular heartbeats. I got that right away and passed out four times in a row. I stopped the pill and no more irregular beats, no passing out.

Nodrajnyc 1 Oct 2018

I am waiting to tall to my doc. I have been taking it since July and in the morning my no is low and I can barely make it out to the living room. free discount card

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