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What Is Indapamide?

ndapamide is a prescription medicine used to treat high blood pressure.

It's also given to people who suffer from edema (fluid retention) due to congestive heart disease or another medical condition.

Indapamide is a diuretic (water pill) that works by helping the kidneys rid the body of unneeded water and salt.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved indapamide in 1983. It's manufactured by various pharmaceutical companies as a generic drug (no brand-name version is available).

How it works

Indapamide belongs to a class of drugs called diuretics (water pills). A class of drugs is a group of medications that work in a similar way. These drugs are often used to treat similar conditions.

Indapamide makes your body get rid of extra water and salt through your urine. This results in less swelling and lowered blood pressure.

Indapamide may interact with other medications

Indapamide oral tablet can interact with other medications, vitamins, or herbs you may be taking. An interaction is when a substance changes the way a drug works. This can be harmful or prevent the drug from working well.

To help avoid interactions, your doctor should manage all of your medications carefully. Be sure to tell your doctor about all medications, vitamins, or herbs you’re taking. To find out how this drug might interact with something else you’re taking, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

Indapamide Warnings

Before taking indapamide, tell your doctor if you have, or have ever had, any of the following:

  • Diabetes
  • Gout (a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid crystals in the joints)
  • Any type of heart problem
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease
  • Problems urinating
  • Lupus (a chronic inflammatory condition)
  • Thyroid or parathyroid disease

Indapamide Side Effects

Tell your doctor if any of the following side effects become severe or don't go away:

Frequent urination (this symptom should decrease after a few weeks of treatment)

  • Mild dizziness or lightheadedness (especially when standing or sitting up)
  • Back pain
  • Constipation
  • Mild diarrhea
  • Drowsiness
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Runny nose
  • Nervousness

Indapamide and Other Interactions

Indapamide may make you drowsy.

Don't drive or perform activities that require alertness until you know how this medicine affects you.

Indapamide and Alcohol

Alcohol may worsen certain side effects of indapamide.

Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages while using this medicine.