Does taking hydrochlorothiazide pose any risks to my health?

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Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) is prescribed to treat edema caused by congestive heart failure or kidney or liver disease. Older adults taking HCTZ do have an increased risk for other liver, kidney and heart problems. It's important to discuss medical history and current health with the doctor before taking HCTZ. The doctor may use urine or blood tests to monitor the effects of hydrochlorothiazide on the body and to prevent severe risks to overall health.