Indapamide is a tablet form medication for oral use. The FDA has already approved this prescription. This helps prevent your body from absorbing too much salt and helps control your blood pressure.
What condition does Indapamide treat?
Indapamide is a thiazide diuretic used to treat fluid retentions or also known as edema in people with congestive heart failure. This is a thiazide diuretic that helps your body to avoid absorbing excessive salt that causes fluid retention.
This medication is also used to lower high blood pressure. Well-controlled blood pressure helps prevent kidney complications, heart attacks, or strokes.
How does Indapamide work?
Indapamide is a diuretic medication that removes too much fluid from the body. It does this by increasing the production of urine by the kidneys. This medicine works mainly by increasing the number of salts that are filtered out of the blood into the urine by the kidneys. Once these salts are filtered out, they draw water along with them. This lowers the total of fluid in the blood vessels and lowers blood pressure.
On the other hand, at the recommended dosage for high blood pressure, this medication works by causing the blood vessels to widen. It decreases the pressure inside the blood vessels.
What is the dosage of Indapamide?
Usually, this medication is taken once a day in the morning. Do not take this medicine too late in the day or at night, otherwise, you may have to wake up to go to the toilet. The usual dose of this medication is:
- For edema in people with congestive heart failure: It is 2.5 mg to 5 mg taken once a day.
- For high blood pressure: It is 2.5 mg to be taken once a day. Conversely, if you are taking slow-release Indapamide, you will be having a lower dose which is 1.5 mg.
The recommended dosage for each condition depends on your age, medical condition, and how you react to the first dose. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results. Do not use this drug in smaller or larger amounts or for longer than it is recommended by your doctor.
Treatment with this medication should not be stopped suddenly without talking to your doctor. If you suddenly stop taking this medicine, it may cause your blood pressure to spike and increases your risk of stroke and heart attack. If you miss a dose or don’t take the medicine on schedule, your medicine may not work as well or may stop working completely. For Indapamide to work well, a certain amount needs to be in your body at all times. If you have any signs of overdose such as weakness, nausea, stomach problems, call for medical assistance right away.
What are the precautions in using Indapamide?
- You must not take a dose of Indapamide if you are allergic to the medicine, you ever had an allergy to sulfa drugs, or you are incapable to urinate.
- To be sure that this drug is safe for you, let your doctor know if you have diabetes, gout, kidney disease, liver disease, or you are on a low-salt diet.
- This drug may cause changes in your blood sugar levels. Check with your doctor if you have these problems or if you have noticed a change in the results of your urine and blood sugar tests.
- Make sure that any doctor or dentist who will give you treatment knows that you are taking Indapamide. Your doctor may require you to stop taking a dose of this medication several days before having medical tests or surgery.
- This medicine can make some people feel dizzy. You should make sure you know how you react to it before operating machinery or driving. If affected, avoid doing these potentially harmful activities.
- Do not take any medications unless they have been discussed with your doctor. This includes certain prescriptions or over-the-counter medicines for appetite control, cough, asthma, or sinus problems. Taking Indapamide with any other medicine may increase your blood pressure.
- This drug may reduce the level of potassium in your blood. Before using any potassium supplements, consult your doctor first.
Indapamide may make you more sensitive to the sun. Avoid tanning booths and limit your time in the sun. Let your doctor know right away if you have blisters or get sunburned.