Hydrochlorothiazide and quinapril are utilized in the management of hypertension, with the objective of reducing the incidence of strokes, heart attacks, and renal complications. Quinapril belongs to the class of angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, which acts by inducing relaxation of blood vessels, promoting improved blood flow. Hydrochlorothiazide, on the other hand, is classified as a diuretic, commonly referred to as a “water pill.” It functions by increasing the volume of urine produced by the body, thereby facilitating the elimination of excess water and salt.
Uses and Dosage
Administer this medication orally as instructed by your physician, with or without food, usually once daily in the morning. Taking this drug too close to bedtime may necessitate waking up to urinate. It should be at least 4 hours before retiring to bed.
The appropriate dose will depend on your medical condition and response to therapy. To derive the maximum benefits, take this medication consistently at the same time each day.
Continue taking this medication even if you feel fine since most individuals with hypertension do not experience symptoms. It may take several weeks before experiencing the full therapeutic effects of this product.
Magnesium is an ingredient in this product that may interfere with the absorption of certain medications. Consult your pharmacist for additional information.
If you are also taking specific medications to reduce your cholesterol levels, such as bile acid-binding resins like cholestyramine or colestipol, take this product either 4 hours before or 4 to 6 hours after taking these medications.
Inform your physician if your condition fails to improve or worsens, indicated by persistently high or increasing blood pressure readings.
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention:
- back pain
- lack or loss of strength
- sleepiness or unusual drowsiness
- trouble sleeping
Inform your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any serious side effects:
- cough producing mucus
- difficulty breathing
- large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
- tightness in the chest
Prior to taking this medication, inform your physician or pharmacist if you are allergic to quinapril or hydrochlorothiazide, other ACE inhibitors (such as captopril, lisinopril), thiazides, or any other substances. This product may include inert ingredients that can cause hypersensitivity or other complications.
Before using this medication, report your medical history to your physician or pharmacist, especially any instances of an allergic reaction that involved facial/lip/tongue/throat swelling (angioedema), blood filtration processes, gout, kidney issues, liver disease, dehydration, untreated mineral imbalances, lupus, or skin cancer.
This drug may cause dizziness. The use of alcohol or marijuana may exacerbate this effect. Refrain from driving, operating machinery, or engaging in activities requiring alertness until you can do so safely.
Excessive sweating, diarrhea, or vomiting can heighten the risk of dehydration. Inform your physician of prolonged diarrhea or vomiting. To avoid dehydration, drink plenty of fluids unless otherwise instructed by your doctor.
This medication may increase your sensitivity to sunlight and raise your risk of skin cancer, especially if taken for an extended period. Limit your sun exposure, avoid tanning booths and sunlamps, use sunscreen, and wear protective clothing when outside. Notify your physician promptly if you develop sunburn, skin blisters/redness, or new or altered moles/skin lesions.
This product may impact your potassium levels. Before taking potassium supplements or salt substitutes containing potassium, consult your physician or pharmacist.
If you have diabetes, this product may affect your blood sugar levels. Monitor your blood sugar frequently as recommended and share the results with your physician. Notify your doctor immediately if you experience symptoms of high blood sugar such as increased thirst or urination. Your doctor may need to modify your diabetes medication, exercise regimen, or diet.
Older adults may be more susceptible to the adverse effects of this drug, particularly changes in urine output (kidney issues) and dizziness.
Inform your physician if you are pregnant or planning to conceive. You should avoid pregnancy while using quinapril/hydrochlorothiazide. This medication may harm a developing fetus. If you become pregnant, speak with your doctor immediately about the advantages and disadvantages of using this medication.
This medication is excreted in breast milk. Consult your doctor before nursing.
Form and Strength
Accuretic is available in the following forms and strengths:
hydrochlorothiazide and quinapril tablet:
Do you need to drink plenty of water with Accuretic?
It’s important that you drink the right amount of water everyday, especially when you’re taking Accuretic as it contains a diuretic.
What is the best time of day to take Accuretic?
If you are to take a single dose a day, take it in the morning after breakfast. If you are to take more than one dose a day, take the last dose no later than 6pm, unless otherwise directed by your doctor.