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Indapamide (Generic Lozol)
What Is Indapamide?
Indapamide is a medication classified as a thiazide-like diuretic – a drug that is designed to help remove excess water and salt from the body. This is done through the urine and if left untreated can lead to conditions such as water retention and high blood pressure, both of which can present themselves as serious conditions particularly further down the line.
How Does Indapamide Work?
The primary function of Indapamide is to act on the kidneys to block the process of reabsorbing sodium and chloride ions from the urine and passing it back to the bloodstream. The way this works is that it attaches to and inhibits the sodium-chloride symporter, reducing the amount of sodium that can be reabsorbed into the blood.
This helps to prevent water retention and high levels of salt in the body. In the process of doing this it also helps the blood vessels to relax and widen which allows more blood to flow through. This brings blood pressure down and reduces the chance of more serious conditions such as a heart attack from happening.
What Is Indapamide Used For?
While Indapamide is primarily used for the treatment of high blood pressure, it also has a few other uses that it could be prescribed for. This includes:
Edema – Edema is when fluids build up in the body and can be as a result of medical conditions such as heart failure, kidney issues, or problems with the liver. Indapamide increases the amount of urine you produce which in turn removes fluid from the body and can help with the symptoms accompanied with Edema such as shortness of breath and swelling.
Heart issues – There are many cardiovascular disorders that Indapamide can treat thanks to its blood-pressure-lowering properties. By opening the blood vessels it prevents them from becoming blocked and reduces the chances of things such as a heart attack, stroke or other related problems.
What Are the Side Effects of Indapamide?
Indapamide is a very useful medication, but as with any treatment, there is a chance of some side effects occurring that it’s important to be aware of. These include:
Most common side effects:
These are some of the more common side effects of taking Indapamide. Be sure to consult your healthcare provider if you are worried about any of these.
- Frequent Urination
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Fatigue or feeling weak
- Skin reactions
- A change in your kidney function
- Muscle cramps
- Nausea, vomiting and stomach upset
- Low blood potassium
More serious side effects
These are some of the more serious side effects of Indapamide – be sure to call an ambulance if you experience any of these.
- Swelling of the face, ankles and hands
- Unusual tiredness and weakness
- Trouble breathing
- Drowsiness and feeling unable to stay awake
How to Take Indapamide?
When taking Indapamide, it’s important to follow your medical professional’s advice and guidance to ensure it works properly and side effects are minimized.
The dosage you take can depend on your medical condition and how you respond so listen to your doctor on how much to take and how often to do so. It tends to be given once a day and during the morning so you don’t need to keep getting up to go to the toilet. It can be swallowed whole and with or without food. If you forget to take a dose, be sure to take it as soon as you remember.
Frequently Asked Questions About Indapamide
What Are the Most Common Side Effects of Indapamide?
The main side effects of taking Indapamide include frequent urination, dizziness or lightheadedness, and fatigue or feeling weak. More serious side effects can occur such as swelling of the face, ankles, and hands, breathing difficulty, drowsiness, and feeling unable to stay awake.
As with any medication, it’s important to speak to your doctor before taking this medication to ensure that you do not have any contraindications.
Be sure to also let your doctor know if you experience any side effects as soon as possible so they can be addressed quickly.
If you have difficulty breathing or significant drowsiness seek immediate medical care.
What to Avoid While Taking Indapamide?
When taking Indapamide you should avoid the following:
- Alcohol – Alcohol can lower your blood pressure and may enhance some side effects of Indapamide.
- High-sodium foods – Consuming too much salt can counteract the blood pressure-lowering effects of the medication.
- Dehydration – Diuretics like indapamide increase urine output, so it’s easier to become dehydrated. Avoid activities that could cause dehydration.
- Potassium supplements – They can cause high levels of potassium in the blood (hyperkalemia) when taken with indapamide.
- Medication – Medication such as NSAIDs, blood pressure medication, lithium, and some anti-diabetic medications can either directly interact with Indapamide or reduce its effectiveness. Make sure to speak to your doctor before taking any other medications while on Indapamide.
The list above is not exhaustive. Be sure to speak to your healthcare provider for more information on what you should and shouldn’t do while taking Indapamide.
How Long Does It Take for Indapamide to Work?
Indapamide can start to work within a few hours of taking it, however, it may take up to a week to see any noticeable effects and up to 12 weeks to see the full effect.
Indapamide doesn’t cure blood pressure but it helps to keep it at a healthy level.
It is important to keep taking Indapamide even if you don’t feel any different. It is also important to speak to your doctor if you are not seeing any improvements after 12 weeks as they may need to adjust your dosage or try an alternative medication.
What Is the Typical Dosage for Indapamide?
The dosage will depend on the individual and the medical condition being treated. The usual adult starting dose is between 1.25-2.5mg once a day and can be increased up to 5mg daily if needed.
It is important to follow your doctor’s instructions when taking Indapamide – do not take more or less than prescribed as this could either reduce its effectiveness or cause serious side effects.
Do You Need a Prescription for Indapamide?
Yes, Indapamide is a prescription-only medication and you will need to speak with a doctor before being able to obtain it.
Can You Get Indapamide Over-The-Counter (OTC)?
No, Indapamide is a prescription-only medication and cannot be purchased over the counter.
Can You Get a Prescription for Indapamide From DrHouse?
Yes, if the medical professionals on the DrHouse platform evaluate your condition and determine that indapamide is appropriate for your treatment plan, they can issue a prescription.
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Frequently asked questions
Can I Get a New Prescription or Refill an Existing One Through DrHouse?
Yes, you can get a new prescription or refill an existing one online through DrHouse. You just need to start a consultation with one of our licensed providers and they will be able to assess your needs and provide you with a prescription if necessary.
Please note that the final decision always rests with the doctor based on their professional judgment and your health needs.
What Medications Can't be Prescribed Online By DrHouse?
There are certain medications that cannot be prescribed online by DrHouse physicians due to safety reasons. These include controlled substances, such as opioids and other narcotics, as well as drugs with a high potential for abuse or dependence. DrHouse physicians also don’t prescribe Gabapentin, medical marijuana, muscle relaxants, and HRT medications.
How Do I Get an Online Prescription from DrHouse?
With DrHouse getting a new prescription or a refill for your current Rx is a straightforward and quick process. All you need to do is follow a few easy steps:
- Download the DrHouse telehealth app on your mobile device.
- Create an account by providing basic information and medical history.
- Start an on-demand virtual video consultation with one of our licensed physicians.
- Discuss your medical needs and concerns with one of our physicians.
- A doctor will review your medical history, symptoms, and current medications (if any) to determine if an online prescription is appropriate for you.
- If a physician approves, they will electronically send a new prescription or refill request to the pharmacy of your choice.
- Pick up your medication from the pharmacy.
DrHouse makes it easy for you to get an online prescription from the comfort of your own home. No more waiting in line at the doctor’s office or pharmacy, and no need to take time off work to see a doctor. Our telehealth platform allows you to access quality medical care from anywhere with an internet connection.
For more information about how our telehealth platform works visit our “How DrHouse Works” page.
What Will My Appointment for a New Prescription or Refill Look Like?
During your virtual consultation with a DrHouse physician, you will have the opportunity to discuss your medical needs and concerns.
The consultation will consist of a video call where a physician will assess your medical history and ask you questions about your symptoms and any other relevant information. This is to ensure that a physician has all the necessary information to make an informed decision about your prescription.
You can also ask any questions or clarify any doubts you may have about your condition or medication. Our physicians are happy to address any concerns you may have.
Once a physician has assessed your needs, they will determine if and what type of prescription is appropriate for you. If a new prescription or refill is approved, a doctor will send it electronically to your chosen pharmacy.
How Long Does It Get To Get a Prescription Online With DrHouse?
With our on-demand telehealth service, you have the opportunity to see the first available doctor in as little as 10 to 15 minutes. However, the exact consult time will depend on the complexity of your case and the thoroughness required by the healthcare provider to make an informed decision.
Is It Safe to Get an Online Prescription from DrHouse?
Absolutely, it is safe to get an online prescription from DrHouse. We are committed to ensuring the highest standards of patient safety and privacy.
All our providers are highly qualified US-based physicians and often affiliated with major hospitals. They are board-certified and from the top U.S. medical schools with an average of 20 years of experience.
We strictly adhere to HIPAA regulations, ensuring your personal and medical information is kept secure and confidential. Also, we comply with all applicable state and federal laws related to telehealth and the prescribing of medications.
Therefore, you can rest assured knowing that your safety and privacy are our top priorities when you use DrHouse’s services.
How Much Does DrHouse Cost?
DrHouse strives to provide accessible and affordable telehealth services. DrHouse urgent care, primary care, and specialist visits are $129 or your copay. This includes everything from your initial consultation through to the prescription of your medication.
The cost of a doctor’s visit may be covered fully by your insurance. A typical copay is around $25. We recommend checking with your insurance provider to understand the extent of your coverage for telehealth services.
To learn more about how much DrHouse costs, visit our pricing page
Does DrHouse Accept Insurance?
Yes, DrHouse accepts most major insurances, including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, and Medicare. The extent of coverage may vary depending on your individual plan.
What Is DrHouse’s Prescription Refill Policy?
Our physicians are able to prescribe up to a 90-day prescription without labs for any previously prescribed medication if it’s medically appropriate and is not classified as a controlled substance.
DrHouse physicians also don’t prescribe Gabapentin, medical marijuana, muscle relaxants, and HRT medications.
DrHouse physicians use their medical judgment to determine whether to prescribe and the duration.
In certain cases, the prescription may be limited to 30 days or less. There also may be a 12-month cap for some prescriptions without labs. For medications requiring annual monitoring (such as blood work or imaging), the maximum prescription limit is 90 days within a year without labs.
DrHouse physicians can refer patients to labs for longer prescription periods or refills.