Accuretic (Quinapril/HCTZ) contains 2 medications: quinapril, and hydrochlorothiazide. It is used to treat high blood pressure. Lowering high blood pressure could prevent strokes, heart attacks, and kidney problems. Quinapril belongs to a class of drugs known as ACE Inhibitors. It works by relaxing blood vessels so blood can flow more smoothly. Hydrochlorothiazide belongs to a class of drugs known as diuretics. It works by producing more urine to help your body get rid of extra salt and water.
We currently have the brand Accuretic from Canada and New Zealand by Pfizer. The generic Quinapril/HCTZ comes from Canada by a different manufacturer.
Seek emergency medical help if you have any signs of an allergic reaction to this medication. The common side effects of Accuretic may include cough, dizziness, headache, muscle pain, and tired feeling.
Contact your doctor immediately if any of these serious side effects occur:
• A light-headed feeling, like you might faint;
• Changes in vision, blurred or tunnel vision, seeing halos around lights;
• Eye pain;
• High or low potassium level;
• Low levels of sodium;
• Shortness of breath;
• Sudden weakness or ill feeling;
• Swelling or weight gain
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Please call your doctor if you have any further concerns or questions.
You should not use Accuretic if you are allergic to Quinapril or Hydrochlorothiazide or if you are unable to urinate or if you have:
• A history of angioedema;
• Ever had a severe allergic reaction to any ACE inhibitor;
• Recently took a heart medicine called sacubitril
Do not take Accuretic within 36 hours before or after taking any medications that contain sacubitril. Do not use Accuretic together with any medication that contains aliskiren if you have diabetes and kidney disease. Prior to taking this medication, tell your doctor about your medical history and if you are on a low salt diet or if you have ever had:
• An allergy to sulfa drugs or penicillin;
• Congestive heart failure;
• Kidney disease;
Drinking alcohol with this medication can cause side effects. HCTZ may increase your risk of skin cancer. Avoid sunlight and tanning beds, wear protective clothing and use sunscreen when you are outdoors. Do not use salt substitutes or potassium supplements while taking this medication unless advised by your doctor. Avoid getting up too fast from a sitting or lying position, or you may feel dizzy. Avoid becoming overheated or dehydrated during exercise, in hot weather or by not drinking enough fluids. Tell your doctor about all the medications you take including prescription, nonprescription, herbal products, and vitamins. There may be a drug interaction between Accuretic and other medications such as blood pressure medications, lithium, everolimus, antibiotics, NSAIDs, etc. Do not use Accuretic if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. This medication should not be used by anyone younger than 18 years of age.
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