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Indapamide is a type of medicine called a diuretic that is used to treat high blood pressure. It can also be used to reduce the build-up of fluid in the body caused by heart failure.
Indapamide works by increasing the body's production of urine, allowing it to flush out excess fluids and salts. This helps to reduce blood pressure and other symptoms like swollen ankles and shortness of breath.
Indapamide will start to work within two hours but it will usually take a week for it to have a noticeable effect on your blood pressure, and up to 12 weeks for full effect. High blood pressure does not usually cause symptoms so you may not feel any different after taking indapamide. This does not mean that the medication isn't working.
High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, puts additional strain on your heart, blood vessels and organs, making it harder for blood to be pumped around the body. This can increase your risk of experiencing serious conditions like:
Taking medication to get your blood pressure under control will lower your risk of experiencing any of these conditions.
There are a number of factors that can contribute to developing high blood pressure. These include:
Underlying health conditions can trigger high blood pressure:
Certain medications can also increase your blood pressure. These include:
The active ingredient in Indapamide is Indapamide hemihydrate.
The other ingredients are microcrystalline cellulose, magnesium stearate, lactose, croscarmellose sodium, hypromellose, macrogol 400 and titanium dioxide.
Please note: different manufacturers of indapamide may use different inactive ingredients, so you should always check the patient information leaflet to be aware of any allergens.
While it is possible to have a severe allergic reaction to indapamide, it is still rare. If you do have a severe allergic reaction to this medication, it will present with lip or facial swelling, difficulty breathing, hives, severe dizziness and chest tightness. Please make sure to get medical attention if you notice any of these symptoms shortly after taking Indapamide.
It is likely that you will need to take indapamide long term. Many people will take it for the rest of their lives.
Indapamide is designed for long term use so it's safe to use in this way. You will need to see your GP or nurse regularly for checkups to make sure the medication is working correctly.
Indapamide is usually taken once a day in the morning. It should be swallowed whole with a glass of water and can be taken with or without food.
If you forget to take Indapamide, you should miss out the forgotten dose and take the next one as usual. Do not take double the dose to make up for a missed one.
If you take too much indapamide seek medical assistance right away. Take the medication with you so that the hospital know what it is you have taken.
Common side effects of indapmide may include:
Uncommon side effects may include:
Rare side effects may include:
If you experience any of the following serious side effects, seek immediate medical assistance and stop taking the medication:
Tell your doctor if you experience:
Do not take Indapamide if you:
Talk to your doctor if you have:
The following medications may interfere with the way Indapamide works. Tell your doctor if you are taking:
It's best to avoid alcohol when you first start taking indapamide as alcohol can lower your blood pressure and increase the effect of the medication. Once you have got used to the medication you may be able to drink alcohol in moderation. Drinking large quantities can affect your blood pressure, causing dehydration and dizziness.
Indapamide is not recommended during pregnancy. Speak to your doctor if you think you might be pregnant or if you are trying to start a family.
Indapamide can make you feel dizzy and tired which can affect your reactions while driving. This is more likely to happen when you first start taking the medication. Do not drive or operate machinery until you have got used to the medication and know how it affects you.
Indapamide will not have an impact on your fertility but if you are trying to get pregnant then this medication may not be suitable.
Indapamide will not affect hormonal contraceptives. The combined pill is not usually suitable for women with high blood pressure however so it's important that you discuss this with your doctor if you are taking the pill.
Other diuretics include bendroflumethiazide and furosemide which work in a similar way to Indapamide to treat high blood pressure. There are also other types of medicines given to treat high blood pressure:
Everyone with high blood pressure is encouraged to make lifestyle changes to improve their overall health and lower their blood pressure. This includes:
These changes can help you to prevent high blood pressure from occurring and reduce your need for medication.
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