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Aldoril-15
Methyldopa W/hctz-Oral


This combination medication is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). Methyldopa relaxes blood vessels resulting in lowered blood pressure. Thiazide diuretics, water pills, reduce fluid accumulation (edema) by increasing urination.

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aldoril-15
Methyldopa/hydrochlorothiazide

Uses
This combination medication is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). Methyldopa relaxes blood vessels resulting in lowered blood pressure. Thiazide diuretics, water pills, reduce fluid accumulation (edema) by increasing urination.


Storage
  • Store at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture.


Overdose
  • If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
  • Symptoms of overdose include excessive sleepiness, weakness, fatigue, dizziness, slowed heartbeat, confusion, vomiting, constipation, and diarrhea.

How To Use
  • May be taken with food or milk to avoid stomach irritation.
  • Take Aldoril-15 exactly as prescribed.
  • Try to take it at the same time(s) each day.
  • It is important to continue taking Aldoril-15 even if you feel well.
  • Most people with high blood pressure do not feel sick.
  • Do not stop taking Aldoril-15 without consulting your doctor.
  • Some conditions may become worse when Aldoril-15 is suddenly stopped.

Side Effects
  • Dizziness, drowsiness, blurred vision, headache, gas, dry mouth, fatigue or stomach upset may occur the first few weeks as your body adjusts to the medication.
  • Aldoril-15 causes increased urination.
  • Expect this effect.
  • To avoid dizziness and lightheadedness when rising from a seated or lying position, get up slowly.
  • Aldoril-15 may increase sensitivity to sunlight.
  • Inform your doctor if you develop: chest pain, difficulty breathing, depression, severe stomach cramps, unusual bleeding or bruising, rash, flu symptoms, yellowing of the eyes or skin.
  • If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions
  • Tell your doctor your medical history, especially of: liver problems, drug allergies.
  • Limit alcohol intake to minimize dizziness and lightheadedness.
  • Aldoril-15 may increase your sensitivity to sunlight.
  • Wear protective clothing and a sunscreen.
  • Avoid sunlamps.
  • Aldoril-15 is not recommended for use during pregnancy.
  • Aldoril-15 appears in breast milk.
  • Consult with your doctor before breast-feeding.

Missed Dose
  • If you miss a dose, take as soon as remembered; do not take if it is almost time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
  • Do not "double-up the dose to catch up.

Drug Interactions
  • Aldoril-15 is not recommended for use with: dofetilide.
  • Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details.
  • Tell your doctor of all medicines you may use (both prescription and nonprescription), especially of: lithium, digoxin, MAO inhibitors (e.g., furazolidone, linezolid, phenelzine, selegiline, tranylcypromine), levodopa, antidepressants, iron supplements.
  • Avoid any drugs that increase your heart rate like the decongestants phenylephrine or phenylpropanolamine.
  • These drugs are commonly found in cough-and-cold products and may affect your blood pressure medicine.
  • If you take cholestyramine or colestipol for high cholesterol, take this high blood pressure medicine 1 hour before or 4 hours after.
  • Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

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