Accuretic (Quinapril/HCTZ) Product Information
Accuretic is a combination medication of an angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor and thiazide diuretic, or a water pill used for treating patients whose bodies are prone to storing excess salt. This medication helps by preventing your body from absorbing too much salt, which can cause fluid retention.
If you are prone to water retention, the last thing that you need is an excess of salt in your body, which would cause you to not pass water as you should. This drug contains a water pill – thiazide diuretic – that can prevent the excess salt being stored. Classed as an angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor, ACE inhibitor – Accuretic works to help lower high blood pressure.
As with all medication it should be taken in the way that the doctor has prescribed it. It is likely that your doctor may change the dosage until they get the right one, so bear with them and trust that they will get it right. Part of the treatment may include having blood and urine tested to make sure there are no adverse effects and you need to keep well hydrated. As you may need to be on this medication for good, you should do all you can to get the correct dosage sorted out.
There are a couple of strict rules when it comes to the medication. Firstly, store it correctly and ensure it is not kept where it is damp, or too hot. Also, if you forget to take a dose, don’t double up, but wait until you are due your next does then carry on as normal.
The medication is oral and you can choose if you take it with food. It is advisable to take the tablet during the morning. As it increases urine output, taking at night could lead you to a disrupted night’s sleep. It is not recommended that you take it less than 4 hours before bed.
If there is an allergic reaction, this cannot be ignored and emergency treatment is needed. This will normally mean difficulty breathing and facial swelling. Other issues will need to be dealt with but normally a trip to the doctor should be arranged if:
- You feel that you may faint
- Vision is impaired
- You gain weight without obvious reasons
- Cold symptoms – chills, cold sores
- Weakness and a difficulty being mobile
- Confusion – this will tend to be caused by a low potassium rate.
- Slurred speech
As Accuretic contains both hydrochlorothiazide and quinapril, you need to tell your health care provider if you are allergic to either of them. You also need to let them know if: –
- You are finding it hard to urinate
- You know that you have, or have had angioedema
- You have used sacubitril in the recent past – there should be at least 36 hours between taking the two types of tablet
- You have an allergy to other ACE inhibitors including benazepril or fosinopril
Conditions that may prevent you from taking this medicine are:
- Kidney disease
- Liver disease
If you are pregnant you should not take this medication and if you discover that you are pregnant while taking it, you should stop right away. By the second trimester, it could prove to be fatal. The same applies to when you are nursing a child. The choice has to be made between breastfeeding and taking the medication.