What should I know about Microzide before taking it?

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Before you take Microzide (hydrochlorothiazide), a diuretic prescribed to treat high blood pressure and fluid retention, you should know why it is being prescribed for you and what kind of side effects you may experience. You should know if you are allergic to any sulfa drug; if so, tell your doctor, because it may mean that you shouldn't take Microzide. You should also tell your doctor about any other prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs (including painkillers) and dietary supplements you take. Tell your doctor if you have ever had diabetes, gout or diseases of the kidney, liver, thyroid or parathyroid. Also tell him or her if you are pregnant or plan to get pregnant, or if you are breastfeeding.

You should know that Microzide can make you drowsy, so be careful about drinking alcoholic beverages, which can add to that effect. Also, Microzide may make you especially sensitive to sunlight, so when you are outside, wear sun-protective clothing (including a hat) and sunglasses, and use sunscreen.