Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often. Your dose may need to be changed several times in order to find out what works best for you. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
You may take this medicine with or without food.
Be sure to drink plenty of fluids if you exercise, sweat more than usual, or have diarrhea or vomiting while you are using this medicine.
If a dose is missed:
If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to use the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using other blood pressure medicines, or diuretics ("water pills") such as furosemide, torsemide, Demadex®, Lasix®, spironolactone, triamterene, Aldactone®, Maxide®, indapamide, metolazone, Lozol®, Zaroxolyn®.
Tell your doctor if you are also using digoxin (Lanoxin®), cholestyramine (Questran®), colestipol (Colestid®), lithium, steroids, ACTH, muscle relaxers, pain or arthritis medicine. Tell your doctor if you use insulin, or diabetes medicine that you take by mouth (such as glyburide, metformin, Actos®, Glucophage®, Glucotrol®).
Do not use potassium tablets or salt substitutes that contain potassium, unless your doctor tells you to.
Do not drink alcohol while you are using this medicine.
Using this medicine while you are pregnant can harm your unborn baby. Use an effective form of birth control to keep from getting pregnant. If you think you have become pregnant while using the medicine, tell your doctor right away.
Make sure your doctor knows if you are breast-feeding, or if you have liver disease, diabetes, cirrhosis, kidney disease, lupus, congestive heart failure, gout, asthma, or high cholesterol.
Your doctor will need to check your blood or urine at regular visits while you are using this medicine. Be sure to keep all appointments.