It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....

High & Low Blood Pressure Message Board

  • Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) over Lisinopril or Micardis for Hypertension?

  • Post New Thread   Closed Thread
    Thread Tools Search this Thread
    Old 01-17-2010, 04:51 PM   #1
    Junior Member
    dolby's Avatar
    Join Date: Dec 2009
    Location: U.S.
    Posts: 17
    dolby HB User
    Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) over Lisinopril or Micardis for Hypertension?

    My aunt has Hepatitis B and also high blood pressure. She takes Hepsera 10mg for her Hepatitis and Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) for her hypertension. She stopped taking HCTZ, however, about a month ago since both she and doctor agreed that her hypertension has stabilized.

    Well, this weekend, she hit 200/110 twice and 180/105 another time. Her BP is usually normal but at times of stress, they often skyrocket. I wanted to take her to the ER but she said this happens rarely and is entirely episodic. Her BP is mostly 120/80 most of the time.

    I put her on some HCTZ which had been left over and stabilized her. Has anyone taken HCTZ for hypertension? It seems to work by acting as a diuretic to get rid of excess salt. In fact, redressing hypertension seems to be its secondary (not primary) function.

    In the past, I used to take Lisinopril 20mg and Micardis for my hypertension. Does anyone know why doctors would prescribe HCTZ over more widely-prescribed medications such as Micardis or Lisinopril? [Could that perhaps be related to her Hepatitis B?] What are the advantages of HCTZ over, say, Lisinopril?

    Shouldn't someone who has episodic hypertension (as opposed to consistent hypertension) still be on medication? What treatment is available for someone whose BP skyrockets at moments of stress? Pharmacologically, that is. We all know that she has to learn to relax.

    Last edited by dolby; 01-17-2010 at 04:52 PM.

    Sponsors Lightbulb
    Old 07-06-2010, 07:32 PM   #2
    Senior Member
    evelyn1's Avatar
    Join Date: Apr 2004
    Posts: 108
    evelyn1 HB User
    Re: Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) over Lisinopril or Micardis for Hypertension?

    I would love to know the answers myself. I was on Benicar 20 mg and took HCTZ occasionally. Last year my BP became very labile, going as high as 210/110 (ending up in ER on Xmas Day) and then as low as 100/65. Now I take Benicar 20mg and HCTZ 12.5 mg every day, and it is mostly stable. But I have some side effects, and if Micradis or another drug would work better than the HCTZ,I would love to know about it!

    Closed Thread

    Related Topics
    Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
    Can someone help me understand side effects of Lisinopril & Hydrochlorothiazide? nice2nou422 High & Low Blood Pressure 10 03-25-2012 09:27 PM
    Benicar HCTZ questions bcub High & Low Blood Pressure 3 12-13-2008 01:33 PM
    How Long for results--HCTZ added to Lisinopril? daff High & Low Blood Pressure 5 12-08-2008 04:54 PM
    Any Experience with Prinzide (Lisinopril) HCTZ? mrt123 High & Low Blood Pressure 5 05-21-2008 05:21 PM
    Lenin, Cozaar HCTZ Question Exegesis High & Low Blood Pressure 7 05-25-2007 12:41 PM
    Benicar, Lisinopril, Clonidine and Hydrochlorothiazide strong_one High & Low Blood Pressure 2 02-07-2007 04:56 PM
    High triglycerides - lisinopril HCTZ to blame? mattsmom32 High Cholesterol 5 07-20-2006 05:56 PM
    Anyone take Prinizide? (Lisinopril w/ Hydrochlorothiazide) cujo25 High & Low Blood Pressure 8 08-18-2005 03:57 PM
    ?? about new diagnosis HBP and put on Hydrochlorothiazide happy4us High & Low Blood Pressure 21 12-12-2004 12:20 PM

    Thread Tools Search this Thread
    Search this Thread:

    Advanced Search

    Posting Rules
    You may not post new threads
    You may not post replies
    You may not post attachments
    You may not edit your posts

    BB code is On
    Smilies are On
    [IMG] code is Off
    HTML code is Off
    Trackbacks are Off
    Pingbacks are Off
    Refbacks are Off

    Sign Up Today!

    Ask our community of thousands of members your health questions, and learn from others experiences. Join the conversation!

    I want my free account

    All times are GMT -7. The time now is 08:50 AM.

    © 2020 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved.
    Do not copy or redistribute in any form!