What is Lozol (Indapamide) prescribed for?
Lozol is a medication used to treat High Blood Pressure. Indapamide, the active ingredient in Lozol, is used to reduce the extra fluid within the body that is caused by heart failure, and in turn reduces any kind of swelling as well. This medication is classified as a “water pill”. Technically it works by make your body produce more urine, thus helping your body dispose of any extra salt and water.
In turn this can lessen such symptoms as shortness of breath or swelling in the ankles and the feet. Also by lowering ones blood pressure, it also helps curtail the threat of strokes, heart attacks an various kidney problems.
Remember to take this medication every day, even if you feel well. Since most patients with high blood pressures do not feel unwell. Although keep in mind it may take up to several weeks before you may gain the full benefit of this medication.
Consult with your doctor on any further matters.
This medication is taken by mouth, and can be taken with or without food. And usually once a day, in the morning. While it is not recommend you may take this medication at bedtime, although you may need to wake up in the middle of the night to urinate.
If you are taking other drugs that lower your cholesterol, such as cholestyramine or colestipol. Then take Lozol at least 4 hours before or at least 4 hours after these other medications.
Before taking this medication, it is best to advise your doctor if you are allergic to Indapamide; or to any other medications or allergies in general.
Also it is best to notify your doctor of your medical history. Inform you doctor if you have had any serious health issues in the past, such as; diabetes, gout, kidney problems, liver disease, lupus.
Severe sweating, diarrhea, or vomiting can increase the risk for a serious loss of body water (dehydration). Report prolonged diarrhea or vomiting to your doctor. To prevent dehydration, drink plenty of fluids unless your doctor directs you otherwise.
If you have diabetes, this product may increase your blood sugar. Check your blood sugar regularly as directed and share the results with your doctor. Tell your doctor right away if you have symptoms of high blood sugar such as increased thirst/urination. Your doctor may need to adjust your diabetes medication, exercise program, or diet.
This medication may decrease your level of potassium in the blood. Before using potassium supplements or salt substitutes containing potassium, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
This medication may make you more sensitive to the sun. Limit your time in the sun. Avoid tanning booths and sunlamps. Use sunscreen and wear protective clothing when outdoors. Tell your doctor right away if you get sunburned or have skin blisters/redness.
Some of these side effects may occur when taking this medication; they are as follows; Dizziness or headache may occur. Fatigue or fever may also occur However if any of these effects persist or worsen, contact your doctor right away.
If you are experiencing any of these rare but very serious side effects, seek medical help right away. The side effects are as follows; decrease in vision, eye pain.
Indapamide may cause a loss of too much body water (dehydration) and salt/minerals. Tell your doctor right away if you have any symptoms of dehydration or mineral loss, including: extreme thirst, very dry mouth, muscle cramps/weakness, fast/irregular heartbeat, confusion, decreased urination.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?
There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before stop taking this medication.
What is the best dosage to take?
The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your treatment. Work with your doctor closely for dosage and dosing schedules.
What happens if I miss a dose?
You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.
What is the best way to store this medication?
This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in the wastebasket. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.