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Old 08-05-2004, 01:39 PM   #1
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? about going off of my HCTZ

I am considering trying to go off of my HCTZ w/potassium. Does anyone know how long it stays in your system or if I should be able to tell immediately whether or not it was a good idea? Thanks for any help you can offer!

 
Old 08-06-2004, 01:27 PM   #2
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Re: ? about going off of my HCTZ

When I was taken off just the plain HCTZ my doc said it takes 3 to 5 days.
I was taken off because my potassium was depleted. My blood was tested for potassium 5 days after I got off and was normal.
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Old 08-06-2004, 01:50 PM   #3
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Re: ? about going off of my HCTZ

I recently went off of hctz. It took a week for it to get out of my system. I know this because I didn't urinate alot and my bp went up drastically. I read an article that said direutics were a good defense against hbp. I had to go back on hctz. I took zip2play's advice and started taking 25mgs instead of the 50 prescribed by my gp. My endo agreed with Zip. Good luck.

 
Old 08-06-2004, 09:18 PM   #4
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Re: ? about going off of my HCTZ

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I recently went off of hctz. It took a week for it to get out of my system. I know this because I didn't urinate alot and my bp went up drastically. I read an article that said direutics were a good defense against hbp. I had to go back on hctz. I took zip2play's advice and started taking 25mgs instead of the 50 prescribed by my gp. My endo agreed with Zip. Good luck.
Can someone tell me exactly what HCTZ stands for? and what strengths does it come in and why do people want to get off of this? Thanks.

 
Old 08-07-2004, 04:50 AM   #5
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Re: ? about going off of my HCTZ

HCTZ is hydrochlorothiazide. THe thiazides were the first drug used to combat HBP in the 1950's...before that people with numbers in the 200's had to rely on phenobarbitol and MUCH sedation (FDR had to put up with this.)

They work at the most basic level of BP control...dump excess sodium from the body (and the blooodstream) via the kidneys. Since death ensues with a VERY teeny change in sodium concentration, the body IMMEDIATELY compensates by dumping an appropriate amount of water to keep balance . Less water- Less pressure.

Only problems come because thiazides dump and save a whole cascade of other ions (charged molecules of various blood components) to preserve electriacl balance.
Prime concerns are an increase in Uric Acid leves (gout) and a decrease in potassium. MANY other chemicals are affected but these two are of the most concern.
If you OD on the thiazides you COULD get excess sodium depletion and dehydration...this is the only DEADLY consequence ...one should learn the symptoms of depleted sodium, potassium and check the uric acid levels periodically.

The government has recently concluded that diuretics are perhaps the BEST way to control BP and it's only drug company greed and doctor's stupidity and lack of care for patients that has all these EXPENSIVE alternatives rammed down our gullets.
(FDA actually said first line should be cheap thiazides and cheap beta blockers...doctors HATE the word "cheap.")

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Old 08-07-2004, 11:13 AM   #6
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Re: ? about going off of my HCTZ

Thanks for your answers. I'll be back if I have more questions as I try to do this!

 
Old 08-08-2004, 02:04 PM   #7
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Re: ? about going off of my HCTZ

Thanks you for your respnose. I asked for "water pills' yesterday as my BP is always in the 140/88 range and I want it in the 130/70 range. The doc gave me Tosemide 10 mg. with an RX for potassium pills. I really did not want anything this elaborate so I am cutting the Tosemide into 5mgs. and cutting the potassium in 1/2 also. The Tosemide RX said to eat a banana daily. I will see in one month if this brings my BP down. Thanks for sharing.

 
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