Propranolol/hydrochlorothiazide (By mouth)
Hydrochlorothiazide (hye-droe-klor-oh-THYE-a-zide), Propranolol Hydrochloride (proe-PRAN-oh-lol hye-droe-KLOR-ide)
Treats high blood pressure. This medicine is a combination of a beta blocker and a diuretic (water pill).
Brand Name(s):There may be other brand names for this medicine.
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:This medicine is not right for everyone. Do not use it if you have had an allergic reaction to propranolol, hydrochlorothiazide, sulfa drugs, or certain blood pressure medicines, or if you cannot pass urine, or if you have asthma or certain blood circulation or heart problems. Ask your doctor about these problems.
How to Use This Medicine:
- Take your medicine as directed. Your dose may need to be changed several times to find what works best for you.
- Swallow the tablet whole. Do not crush, break, or chew it.
- Missed dose: Take a dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then and take a regular dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
- Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid:
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
- Some medicines can affect how propranolol/hydrochlorothiazide works. Tell your doctor if you are using any of the following:
- Aluminum hydroxide gel, antipyrine, chlorpromazine, cimetidine, epinephrine, fentanyl, haloperidol, lidocaine, lithium, norepinephrine, phenobarbitone, phenytoin, reserpine, rifampin, theophylline, thioridazine, thyroxine
- Other blood pressure medicine (including amiodarone, clonidine, deserpidine, digoxin, ketanserin, verapamil)
- Insulin or oral diabetes medicine
- NSAIDs (including aspirin, celecoxib, diclofenac, ibuprofen, naproxen)
- Steroid medicine (including cortisone, prednisone)
- Ask your doctor before you use any medicine, supplement, or salt substitute that contains potassium.
- Alcohol, narcotic pain relievers, or sleeping pills may cause you to feel more lightheaded, dizzy, or faint when used together with this medicine.
Warnings While Using This Medicine:
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have kidney disease, liver disease, blood vessel disorders, chest pain (angina), congestive heart failure, diabetes, gout, lung problems, lupus, overactive thyroid, or Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome.
- This medicine may cause the following problems:
- New or worsening heart failure
- Eye or vision problems, including glaucoma, myopia
- Low blood sugar
- Serious skin reactions, including Stevens-Johnson syndrome, toxic epidermal necrolysis, exfoliative dermatitis, erythema multiforme
- High uric acid in the blood
- Parathyroid gland problems
- Increased risk of skin cancer
- Do not stop using this medicine suddenly without asking your doctor, or you could develop life-threatening heart problems.
- Tell any doctor or dentist who treats you that you are using this medicine, especially before you have any type of surgery.
- This medicine may make your skin more sensitive to sunlight. Wear sunscreen. Do not use sunlamps or tanning beds.
- Your doctor will do lab tests at regular visits to check on the effects of this medicine. Keep all appointments.
- Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine:
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
- Blistering, peeling, or red skin rash
- Blurred vision or changes in vision
- Change in how much or how often you urinate
- Chest pain, trouble breathing, cold sweat, and bluish-colored skin
- Confusion, dry mouth, increased thirst, muscle cramps or twitching, nausea, vomiting
- Fast, slow, or uneven heartbeat
- Lightheadedness, dizziness, or fainting
- Numbness, tingling, or burning pain in your hands, arms, legs, or feet
- Sores, reddish patch or irritated area, shiny bump, pink growth, or white, yellow or waxy scar-like area on the skin
- Swelling in your hands, ankles, or feet
- Unusual tiredness or weakness
- Yellow skin or eyes
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Diarrhea, constipation, loss of appetite
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088
Last Updated: 6/10/2021