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Is Hyzaar recommended for people with hypertension?

Hyzaar (losartan and hydrochlorothiazide) is a drug that treats high blood pressure (hypertension). However, because it's a combination of two drugs, each of which has potential side effects, doctors typically don't use it unless a person hasn't responded to single-drug therapy. It can be used as first-line treatment when a person's blood pressure is so high that the need to bring it down quickly outweighs the risks involved with using a combination medication.

Hyzaar is also recommended for people with hypertension and left ventricular hypertrophy; it can reduce the risk of stroke for people with this combination of problems. However, there is evidence that the drug may not be as protective for black people in this situation.

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