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What should I avoid while taking Microzide?

Avoid unnecessary sun exposure if you are taking Microzide (hydrochlorothiazide), a diuretic, or water pill, prescribed for high blood pressure and fluid retention. The medication may make you more sensitive to the sun, so stay inside during midday, and if you have to be out, cover up, wear a hat and sunglasses, and use sunscreen. Microzide also may make you drowsy, so don't drive until you know how this drug affects you. Also, consider avoiding alcoholic beverages, which can dangerously enhance the drowsiness caused by Microzide. If you're taking other drugs, you may need to make some changes, because some medications interact with Microzide. Tell your doctor about any prescription and over-the-counter drug you take, as well as any dietary supplements.

You shouldn't breastfeed while you're taking Microzide. If you are nursing a baby, consider switching to formula-feeding, or talk with your doctor about whether a different medication would work for you.

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