When you are first prescribed Bendroflumethiazide, your GP will explain how often you have to take your tablets. It is important that you follow your doctor’s advice carefully and that you attend regular check-ups to monitor your blood pressure. Usually, Bendroflumethiazide is taken in the morning, to avoid frequent urination at night. Swallow your tablets whole with a drink of water.
Your doctor will decide which dosage is best for you. The usual Bendroflumethiazide dosage for the treatment of blood pressure is 2.5mg per day. Which exact dosage you require depends on your blood pressure, how you respond to the treatment and which other medications you are taking. Combination medications such as Prestim contain Bendroflumethiazide as well as a beta blocker, reducing the amount of tablets you need to take in a day. Elderly patients and patients with impaired kidney function may be prescribed a lower dosage. Please note, product packaging may differ from the image above.
During long term treatment with Bendroflumethiazide, your doctor may carry out blood or urine tests to monitor your blood levels of certain chemicals as well as your kidney function.
Will Bendroflumethiazide affect my ability to drive and use machinery?
Some patients experience spells of dizziness while taking Bendroflumethiazide tablets. Make sure this does not apply to you before driving a car or working with machinery, especially if you have just begun your treatment. If the side effect of dizziness persists, speak to your doctor who may need to adjust your medication.
Who can not take Bendroflumethiazide?
Bendroflumethiazide tablets are not suitable for you if:
Tell your doctor before taking Bendroflumethiazide if:
- you are allergic to any ingredients
- have severely impaired kidney or liver function
- high blood levels of calcium
- low blood levels of potassium
- low blood levels of sodium
- have or have had gout
- have addison’s disease
- your kidney or liver function is mildly impaired
- you suffer from liver disease caused by alcohol abuse
- have diabetes
- suffer from a condition called systemic lupus erythematosus
- suffer from an inherited blood disorder which causes skin blisters, abdominal pain and disorders affecting the nervous system
Bendroflumethiazide is not to be taken during pregnancy or while breastfeeding.
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