What should I know about methyclothiazide before taking it?

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Do not take methyclothiazide if you are allergic to it or to sulfa drugs. Tell your doctor if you have asthma, allergies, kidney or liver disease, diabetes, thyroid or parathyroid disease, or gout. Tell your doctor before taking the medication if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Do not drive until you know how methyclothiazide affects you, as it can cause drowsiness. Do not drink alcohol with methyclothiazide, as it can intensify the medication's side effects. Before taking methyclothiazide, you should inform your doctor about any medications, vitamins, or nutritional supplements that you are taking. Specifically, tell your doctor if you are using any of the following: lithium (Eskalith, Lithobid); prednisone or other corticosteroids; diabetes or high blood pressure medications; ibuprofen, acetaminophen, naproxan sodium, or other anti-inflammatory pain relievers; or probenecid (Benemid). If you take cholestyramine or cholestipol, wait to take them until one hour after taking methyclothiazide.