What is hydrochlorothiazide?

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Hydrochlorothiazide is used to prevent and treat edema caused by congestive heart disease, liver disease, or kidney disease. Edema can also be caused by steroid or hormone therapy. Hydrochlorothiazide medications treat edema (fluid retention) by increasing the amount of salt that is removed from the body, which also helps rid the body of excess fluid. Unlike over-the-counter water pills, hydrochlorothiazide medications are only available by prescription. Hydrochlorothiazide is also used to treat high blood pressure.