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Treating High Blood Pressure with Propranolol HCTZ

Hypertension is described as a repeated increase in blood pressure. The blood pressure exceeds 140 over 90 mm Hg. There are no symptoms of high blood pressure. It is also called as a silent killer. If the condition remains for a long time, it can cause damage to other parts of the body. It can harm heart muscles, kidney, and the brain.

Propranolol HCTZ combination is used to treat high blood pressure.

How do Propranolol HCTZ works?

It is a combination of two drugs.

  1. Propranolol: – It belongs to the class of beta blocker. It blocks certain receptors in your heart. This lowers your heart and blood pressure. It does not allow your heart muscle to contract as often or as forcefully. The workload on the heart reduces. It decreases the heart rate and blood pressure. It reduces stress on the heart and blood vessels. Thus it prevents future damage to the heart kidney and blood vessels.
  2. HCTZ (Hydrochlorothiazide): – It is a diuretic. It helps your body to get rid of extra salt and water. The drug also helps to relax the blood vessels to allow easy flow of blood.

How to take Propranolol HCTZ?

Propranolol/HCTZ is an oral medicine in the form of pills. It is available in strengths (i) 40/25 mg (ii) 80/25 mg.

     Adult Dosage.

  1. Initial Dose- 40 mg/25mg two times in a day.
  2. Maximum dose- 160 mg/50 mg in a day.
  • Your dosage may depend on the following;
  • Your blood pressure.
  • Previous medication that you have used.
  • Your response to the treatment.

Comments: –

-Follow your doctor’s instructions.

-Another anti-hypertensive agent may be added if needed.

-Withdraw gradually over a period of about 2 weeks.

-Safety and efficacy are not established for children younger than 18 years.

-Take the drug 4 hours prior to the bedtime to avoid to wake up for Urinate

-If you are taking medicine for cholesterol, take at a period of 4 hours.

What are the uses of Propranolol HCTZ?

The drug is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension).

  • Relax blood vessels to allow easy flow of blood.
  • It helps to reduce heart rate.
  • It also decreases strain on the heart.
  • Helps to remove extra salt and water from the body.
  • All these changes reduce the blood pressure.
  • Lowering blood pressure prevents strokes, heart attacks, and kidney problems.                       

What are the precautions in taking Propranolol HCTZ?

It is necessary to check with the certain medical condition while you start with Propranolol HCTZ. Inform your doctor if you are/have,

  • Allergic to any beta blocks.
  • Medical history of
  • Breathing problems.
  • Diabetes
  • Heart failure or other heart problems.
  • Kidney disease.
  • Liver disease.
  • Blood circulation problems.
  • Mental/ mood disorders.
  • Certain muscle/ nerve disease.
  • Other problems like,
  • Dehydration
  • Untreated mineral imbalance.
  • Dental or other upcoming surgery.
  • Pregnancy/breastfeeding.

The drug may make you feel dizzy. Avoid thing to do that need to be alert.

Limited alcoholic beverages. Drink plenty of fluid to avoid dehydration.

Limit your time in the sun. The drug can make you more sensitive to the sun.

Cost of Propranolol/HCTZ (generic and brand).

Both generic and brand drugs contain same active ingredient as Propranolol/HCTZ.  So the effect remains the same. Brand makers launch a new drug that needs a huge amount to spend on the search of large-scale drug testing. They also spend for marketing and advertising the drug. This increases the cost of a brand drug.

The generic drug does not include these expenditures. This allows us to sell a cheap generic drug.

  • Cost of generic Propranolol HCTZ.

30 pills of 40/25 mg cost $ 6, per unit cost of is $ 0.2.

30 pills of 80/25 mg cost $ 12, per unit cost of is $ 0.4.

  • Cost of a brand Inderide.

30 pills of 40/25 mg cost $ 19.05, per unit cost of is $ 0.63.

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