Can hctz cause constipation?

A: It is always important to be aware of the side effects of a medication so you can recognize the symptoms if they occur. The most commonly reported side effects for hydrochlorothiazide include constipation, diarrhea, dizziness, nausea, loss of appetite, and headache.

Is HCTZ bad? Most people tolerate hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) well and do not appear to experience any side effects or problems while taking it. However, there are some potential dangers with hydrochlorothiazide that you should be aware of before starting the medication. Hydrochlorothiazide may cause extreme low blood pressure in some people.

How to stop taking hydrochlorothiazide? You can stop these medications without tapering but you run the risks of electrolyte and hormonal imbalance. You need to be under a doctor’s care so to avoid complicaitons like high blood pressure, hyperkalemia, and hypokalemia, to name just a few.

Does hydrochlorothiazide raise potassium? Hydrochlorothiazide causes low potassium in dose related fashion. It almost always causes some degree of low serum potassium at dose of 25mg or higher. On the other hand, lisinopril does not usually lower potassium. It raises serum potassium in 2–10% of patients taking it.

Can hydrochlorothiazide cause muscle cramps? The side effects of Hydrochlorothiazide often include muscle weakness, cramps, headache, and nausea. This medication can also aggravate symptoms of certain conditions, including diabetes and gout, and may interact with other drugs you are taking.



  • Avoid taking within 4 hours of bedtime
  • May make you dizzy. Use caution when driving.
  • Drink fluids and try to avoid getting too hot
  • Avoid taking within 4 hours of bedtime
  • May make you dizzy. Use caution when driving.
  • Drink fluids and try to avoid getting too hot
  • May cause high blood sugar in diabetics
  • Tell doctor of irregular pulse and muscle cramps.
  • Tell MD about sunburn or new moles. Use sunscreen.
  • It is important to check blood pressure regularly.
  • Tell doctor your complete medical history

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Was this helpful?Is it safe to stop taking HCTZ? It was safe for me to stop HCTZ, no taper off, no side effects. HCTZ can cause unusual side effects a physician may not be aware of, but his nurse may have heard people mention them. One of them, for me, and according to the nurse, is irregular heartbeats.

Does HCTZ affect creatinine? Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) is a diuretic and may cause a slight elevation in the serum creatinine as your blood pressure falls.

What does HCTZ mean on drugs? HCTZ stands for hydrochlorothiazide and when this chemical is combined with valsartan, the result is a medication for hypertension. Commercially, the name of the medication is known as Diovan HCT.

Can HCTZ affect kidney function? Yes. As long as the kidney function is normal it protects it! YES. Diovan hctz (hydrochlorothiazide) (blood pressure med) which is now available generically is a combination of a diuretic (water pill) which does increase “kidney function” and a drug valsartan which is an arb.