How can I manage the side effects of methyldopa and hydrochlorothiazide?

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Methyldopa and hydrochlorothiazide is a blood-pressure lowering drug that contains two ingredients; one that blocks chemicals that raise blood pressure, one that removes water from the body (diuretic). If you experience any side effects, check with your doctor to see if they are typical. However, many side effects can be managed by chewing gum, sucking on ice chips or eating hard candy to relieve dry mouth. Be mindful of sun exposure and use sunscreen as your skin may become more sensitive to the sun's rays. Take your pills in the morning if you need to urinate often at night. Get up slowly and wait for a few seconds before taking a few steps to avoid dizziness. Spread out smaller meals over the course of the day to reduce nausea. Add some extra fiber to your diet to control constipation. Include more foods that contain potassium such as bananas or orange juice and eat less foods containing salt. Limit your alcohol intake. Check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking any new prescription, over-the-counter remedy, or dietary herbal or vitamin supplements.