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What to do if I have hypertension and take avalide (hydrochlorothiazide and irbesartan) which is part diuretic?
Hypertension: Avalide (hydrochlorothiazide and irbesartan) contains same blood pressure medication (Irbesartan) as in Avapro plus weak diuretic (water pill), Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ). HCTZ may lower potassium while Irbesartan may increase potassium, thus canceling out each other's potential side effect. Monitor your blood pressure at home (after resting/keeping still) at least 5 minutes) and bring in BP cuff for calibration. Go see ur family doc ...Read more
My insurance will only pay for diovan, yet the doctor prescribed avalide (hydrochlorothiazide and irbesartan). What is the difference?
The price.: Avalide (hydrochlorothiazide and irbesartan) and Diovan are similar drugs from the same class called "angiotensin receptor blockers"; the only real difference is the price (Avalide (hydrochlorothiazide and irbesartan) (hydrochlorothiazide and irbesartan) is more expensive). Ask your doctor if there is a reason that he/she prescribed Avalide (hydrochlorothiazide and irbesartan) instead of diovan, and if so, does it justify the higher price? ...Read more
Withdrawal: Is group of symptoms that occur upon sudden discontinuation or decrease in dose of medication or recreational drugs. The symptoms vary with the type of drug, how long u have been on it, its half-life, and whether other drugs are taken at same time. ...Read more
Withdrawal from ?: I assume you are talking about opiates. Use of tylenol (acetaminophen) or NSAIDs like Ibuprofen or Naproxen will reduce pain, as will hot baths, hot back, hot showers. Massage and acupuncture can also help. If withdrawal symptoms are severe and you are at risk of relapse, get help with medically assisted withdrawal. Many meds, like clonidine, Buprenorphine and Methadone can help short or long-term.Get support! ...Read more
This is a BZD wd!: Nitrazepam is a benzodiazepine. The withdrawal can be very difficult and prolonged. It is better to do this under medical supervision. It looks like it is not available in the U.S. The places with more experience with bzd withdrawal are substance abuse rehabilitation treatment centers. ...Read more