Microzide is one of a new class of blood pressure medications called angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Microzide works by preventing the hormone angiotensin II from narrowing the blood vessels, which tends to raise blood pressure. Microzide may be prescribed alone or with other blood pressure medications, such as diuretics that help the body get rid of excess water. Microzide HCT provides just such a combination. It contains Microzide plus the common diuretic hydrochlorothiazide.
Microzide also has a stimulative effect on the heart and is prescribed for heart failure in patients who can't tolerate another type of medication called ACE inhibitors.
Microzide side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
- Viral Infections;
- Upper Respiratory Infections;
- Swollen Mouth And Throat;
- Sore Throat;
- Sinus Inflammation;
- Runny Nose;
- Low Blood Pressure;
- Joint Pain;
- Blurred Vision;
- Back Pain;
- Allergic Reactions;
- Abdominal Pain;
High Blood Pressure
The usual starting dose is 80 or 160 mg or more once a day. If your blood pressure does not go down, your doctor may increase the dose or add a diuretic to your regimen. The maximum recommended dose is 320 mg a day.
The usual starting dose is 40 mg taken twice a day. The doctor may increase the dose to 80 or 160 mg twice daily depending on your tolerance for the drug. The maximum dose is 320 mg daily.
The usual starting dose when switching from Microzide to Microzide HCT is one 80 mg/12.5 mg or one 160 mg/12.5 mg tablet daily. Daily dosage may be increased to a maximum of 160 mg of valsartan and 25 mg of hydrochlorothiazide.