How does HCTZ compare versus Dyazide? What is the difference between dyazide and HCTZ?
Dyazide is brand name for a combination of two diuretics or water pills. One is HCTZ (hydrochlorothiazide) and the other is triamterene, also a water pill. The combination is used to reduce blood pressure and reduce the excess fluid in the body. The same combination is also available under the brand name Maxzide.
HCTZ is often used alone and works well in many people. However, sometimes it causes low potassium levels in some patients. Adding triamterene helps because it is a potassium sparing diuretic – that means it helps the body remove excess fluid, but retains the potassium. There is a still a chance for electrolyte imbalance and your healthcare provider will monitor that with lab tests.
High blood pressure often responds to diet and lifestyle changes. Be sure to talk to your doctor before making any changes in your medications of diet/lifestyle.
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