What should I know about methyldopa and hydrochlorothiazide?

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Do not take methyldopa and hydrochlorothiazide if you are allergic to it or to other sulfonamide medications. Tell your doctor if you have adrenal gland or liver problems, difficulty urinating, autoimmune hemolytic anemia, lupus, low sodium or potassium levels, bronchial asthma, gout, or diabetes.

Tell your doctor before taking the medication if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Do not drive, operate machinery or move quickly from a seated position until you know how methyldopa-hydrochlorothiazide affects you; it can cause blurry vision, dizziness, and drowsiness. Do not drink alcohol with methyldopa and hydrochlorothiazide as it can intensify these side effects. If you have any lab tests or surgery, tell the health care professional that you take methyldopa and hydrochlorothiazide.

Before taking methyldopa and hydrochlorothiazide, you should inform your doctor about any medications, vitamins, or nutritional supplements you are taking. Specifically, tell your doctor if you are taking: narcotics, other high blood pressure medicines, corticosteroids, barbiturates, digoxin, monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors, diazoxide, lithium, ketanserin, dofetilide, cholestyramine or cholestipol, iron supplements, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), insulin and other medications for diabetes.

You may become more sensitive to sunlight while on this medication, so wear protective clothing while outdoors.