* Treat high blood pressure * May be used alone or in combination with other medications that reduce blood pressure, especially thiazide diuretics (water pills). * Also used to treat mild to moderate congestive heart failure in combination with other medications such as diuretics and digoxin. * It may also be used to decrease the risk of further cardiac (heart) events after a recent heart attack or for people with coronary artery disease.
Side-effects:Contact your doctor if you experience these side effects and they are severe or bothersome. * constipation * cough (dry, persistent) * diarrhea * dizziness * feeling weak * headache * loss of taste * metallic taste in mouth * muscle cramps * nausea * unusual tiredness Although most of the side effects listed below don't happen very often, they could lead to serious problems if you do not seek medical attention. * signs of bleeding (e.g., bloody nose, blood in urine, coughing blood, cuts that won't stop bleeding) * signs of low blood pressure (e.g., dizziness, lightheadedness, fainting) signs of liver problems (e.g., nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, weight loss, yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes, dark urine, pale stools) signs of too much potassium in the body (e.g., confusion, irregular heartbeat; nervousness; numbness or tingling in hands, feet, or lips; shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; weakness or heaviness of legs) skin rash, with or without itching, fever, or joint pain vision changes Stop taking the medication and seek immediate medical attention if any of the following occur: fever and chills signs of a serious allergic reaction (i.e., abdominal cramps, difficulty breathing, nausea and vomiting, or swelling of the face and throat)
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