What is fosinopril-hydrochlorothiazide?

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Fosinopril-hydrochlorothiazide is a prescription medication that treats high blood pressure. It is a combination of two medications, fosinopril and hydrochlorothiazide. Fosinopril is an angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor that relaxes blood vessels. Hydrochlorothiazide is a thiazide diuretic that rids the body of excess fluid, causing blood vessels to relax. Hydrochlorothiazide enhances the effectiveness of fosinopril in lowering blood pressure. By lowering blood pressure, the two medications help reduce the heart's workload. This helps lower the risk for heart attack, stroke and kidney failure. While fosinopril-hydrochlorothiazide does not cure high blood pressure, it can help you control it. It is also known by the brand name Monopril.