General Information on Lozol
Lozol is a water pill used for treating edema or fluid retention in patients having congestive heart failure. Its generic name is Indapamide, and it belongs to the class of thiazide diuretics. Sometimes, your doctor may also recommend you to buy Lozol in order to treat hypertension or high blood pressure.
The medicine is available in the form of oral tablets. It works by preventing the patient’s body from absorbing excess salt, which is responsible for causing fluid retention.
Side effects of Lozol
Before you buy Lozol, inform your doctor if you have allergy to it, or if you are suffering from a kidney or liver disease, gout or diabetes or if you have a history of certain nerve surgery or sympathectomy.
As the drug makes you dizzy, you should avoid driving a vehicle, operating a machine or doing any such activity that needs complete alertness. Ignoring this may result in an unfortunate mishap. Also, limit consumption of alcohol during Lozol treatment, as it may worsen the side effects.
The drug may decrease potassium level in your blood. Therefore, do not use any salt substitutes or potassium supplements during Lozol treatment. As the drug may increase your sensitivity to the sun, you should avoid being exposed to it, or to sunlamps or tanning booths. Always make sure that you wear protective clothes and use sunscreen while going out.
Some of the common side effects associated with Lozol include dizziness, mild skin rash or headache. However, you should seek medical help if you develop weakness, drowsiness, restlessness, lightheadedness, dry mouth, vomiting, nausea, thirst, muscle weakness, pain, or uneven or fast heartbeat.
Some hypersensitive patients may also develop an allergic reaction to the medicine. Symptoms of an allergy include severe dizziness, facial swelling, difficulty breathing or hives on body.
Dosage of Lozol
In order to treat edema in patients with congestive heart failure, a single daily dose of Lozol 2.5mg is recommended initially. The dosage can be increased to Lozol 5mg per day after one week, depending on your response to the treatment.
In order to treat high blood pressure, a single dose of Lozol 1.25mg per day is recommended to be taken in the morning. After 4 weeks, the dosage can be increased to Lozol 2.5mg per day, depending on your response to the treatment. Your doctor may recommend you to take other anti-hypertensive medicines along with Lozol.
You can take the tablet with or without meals. Your doctor will usually recommend you to take the tablet in the morning. Avoid taking it during night, as it may increase your need to urinate, which may disturb your sleep.
Drug Interactions of Lozol
Your doctor will not recommend you to take Lozol if you are already taking other medicines to treat blood pressure, steroids (e.g. prednisone), salicylates (e.g. aspirin), ACE inhibitors (e.g. benazepril or rapipril), NSAIDs (e.g. ibuprofen or piroxicam) or oral medicines for treating diabetes.
Apart from these, inform your doctor about all the other medicines you are taking at present. This includes prescription as well as non-prescription drugs, health supplements and herbal products.