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 5  my blood pressure was above normal loss of fluid It's got to be another medicine that can help,although am thankful. F 55 1 days
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12/11/2014

 1  hypertension thundering pulse, irregular HR, joint pain For 24 hr BP control this drug fails, indapamide and chlorothalidone are better. According to the ACCOMPLISH trial this drug with an ACE increases your risk of CV events, kidney dx. by LOTS. In another trial this drug taken for borderline hypertension ... increased heart attacks!! This drug may do the job for some and it has been on the market the longest but it is no longer the best. I wish doctors would pull their heads out of their butts and read some of the trials!!! I was administered it for nighttime elevations in BP, I also am on an ACE ....... BUT the trials are saying it is crap for 24 hr control and with an ACE, your death rate increases. I have mentioned these trials to the doctor but he just dismisses it. It pisses me off that these legalized drug pushers are not even up on the clinical trials .. they are pushing drugs with incomplete knowledge. M 58 1 months
12.5 1X D
11/30/2014

 1  high blood pressure I start taking this meds for about 8 yrs. Now I didn't know that it was making my eyes hurting and blurred vision. I thought my eyes was just getting bad. But now i believe that ths medicine has something to do with my eyes being blurry. if i stop taking the meds will my eyes get better or is it to late, I'm going to see the doctor in January to let her know as soon as i can. F 51 8 days
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11/29/2014
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 2  High blood pressure Horrible headaches. Pulse rate high!!! Very fatigue, could barely walk to the next room. Blurred vision. It did a great job at removing the fluids and bringing down blood pressure But dissatisfied with side effects F 39 3 days
25
11/26/2014

 1  High blood pressure Chest pain,heart flurried,joint pain,headache,cramping jaw and face I went from feeling find to feel like I was 80 years old in 11 months back and forth to the ER and they couldn't find the problem. F 48 11 months
12.5 1X D
11/19/2014
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 1  High BP Exhaustion, blood sugar fluctuations, heartburn, arrhythmia, chest pains, headache, shortness of breath, dizziness After paying almost $2,000 out of pocket for an ER visit, and a treadmill test, plus various other blood tests, I believe I will discontinue this so-called by my doctor "harmless" medicine. I am allergic to sulfa drugs, even though it's reported this medicine shouldn't give you side effects if you are, I wonder. F 45 6 months
12.5 mg 1X D
10/30/2014

 1  prevent kidney stones/flu 30 pounds gained since July. Severe foot pain. Tightness in chest and Gasp for air after working out and sometimes even during normal activity. Tired all the time. Heart rate higher. Potassium level down. I'm stopping this medicine. It makes me feel awful. I do not recommend. F 37 1 days
10/15/2014

 3  Hypertension Fainting was the only major side effect My doctor started me on another antihypertensive first called lisinopril 20 MG./day. He said it wasn't working well enough so he added the hydrochlorothiazide to it. One time I came home after having a few beers and ate dinner. Felt just fine, relaxing on my bed reading. Went to the fridge to get a soda and blacked out from attack of LOW blood pressure. Woke up on the floor a few seconds later not knowing where I was. Doctors are notorious for trying to get peoples bp way down. Be sure to get your own bp monitor so you know where you stand on this issue and don't take un-needed medicine. M 50 3 months
25 MG. 1X D
10/9/2014
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 1  water retention severe hair thinning and extremely tired all the time are my worst symptoms F 43 1 months
25 1X D
10/8/2014

 1  High Blood Pressure Thinning hair w/ hair loss, Insomnia, joint aches, especially knees & elbows, Heart fluttering, bowel problems, frequent bowel movements, dizziness, nausea, anxiety attacks, brown patches on my face (melasma), not sure if this is caused by this med or not? Reaction to the sun.. have now been diagnosed w/hyperthyroidism within the last 6 months after taking this med for at least 15 yrs.. F 47 15 years
25mg 1X D
9/24/2014
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 1  Hypertension Within the first 2 days started getting flu like symptoms. Then started coughing alot then vomiting. After taken for almost a week started getting stomach pains then back pains. Then just 3 days ago my left leg started hurting real bad.I am the type of person who walks really fast in the malls but on this medicine it really slows you down and it makes you feel really tired very fast. Im only 44 in good health besides my hypertension but it makes me feel 104 with every know sickness you can think of. My last dose was yesterday and I refused to take another one. I'm feeling a little better now. Recap of my symptoms:flu like symptoms. Leg pain. Trouble sleeping. Trouble walking. Stomach pains. Back pain.irritable cranky. Lost of appetite. This medicine will make you feel like you are on your death bed. F 44 2 weeks
25 MG
9/22/2014
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 1  edema and blood preasure Just about every one of them but the cramping, dry skin, blurred vision and weight gain was the worst things but there are more effects. No one could tell me what was causing all of my problems so I research the net and found what it was. I told the pharmacy about it and he told me that if you are allergic to sulfa the chances are you will ne sensitive to this drug. The doctor and pharmacy both knew about the sulfa so appartently they dont look to close to your record to see if it is okay to take. The pharmacys always knows more about the drugs than the doctors so check with them on any RX you get. They will tell you. They have to keep up with all the drugs there are. F 59 5 months
25mg
9/19/2014

 1  High Blood Pressure Low white blood cell count and Positive ANA F 61 7 years
25mg 1X D
9/11/2014
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 2  Swollen ankles and hypertension Hair loss , excessive sweating, sun sensitivity, extremely painful thigh cramps at night, itching, loss of desire for sex, insomnia, i have begged Drs to find out why I had some of these symptoms and not one has said it might be this med. I have been to internist(2) Gynecologist, endocrinologist (2). It has controlled my swelling feet and hypertension but at a huge cost. 20 years and not one looked at this drug. Especially the excessive sweating and hair loss have been blamed on menopause for 20YEARS! How can this happen? F 66 10 years
12.5mg
9/1/2014

 5  Acute renal failure I am sweating so much, I'm embarrassed to go out. My hair and head used to get soaked now my whole body is sweating. Is this why? F 60 1 days
12.5
8/26/2014

 4  Extreme Hypertension Muscle cramping in feet, legs and abdomen due to potasssium depletion. ACE-K as a potassium supplement helped. Lowered my BP but diastolic still too high, so Dr. supplemented with Norvasc which works as a good combination. Eliminated my leg and ankle swelling. Works great for me, but I think it's my low dosage. Others seem to have higher dose prescriptions. F 48 10 years
25 mg 1X D
7/23/2014

 1   Severe shoulder blade pain,Insomia, fatique, weakness, in bed for days unable to live my life. The ER Dr. gave me this pill and my regular doctor continued it. After reading the reviews I will stop the pill tomorrow and hope that I will get better. I cannot stand the pain I am feeling and the days of weakness. M 79 23 days
25 mg 1X D
7/23/2014
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 1  To help bring BP down Dizziness; shortness of breath; nausea; headache; flue like symptoms; fatigue My doctor knows I have asthma and have an allergic reaction to penicillin and sulfa drugs and yet I was given this med anyway. F 57 7 days
25vmg 1X D
7/17/2014
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 1  high blood pressure Light headed tired all the time muscle aches just felt really bad all the time exhausted. Stopped taking this two days ago blood pressure is good and feeling better but not back to where I was before I started this medicine. Also felt like I was having heart palpation all the time. M 45 3 years
25mg
6/5/2014

 5  EdemA I take this medication and do just fine with it and it takes away all the swelling. No side effects... F 28 1 years
5/22/2014

 1  edema Had excessive swelling of the feet and ankles for 3 days. BP was 157/98 so dr started me on this. In 5hrs I started having tingling in feet and then 12 hrs later dizzy, light headed, anxiety attacks, weak and slept all day. I can't live like that. I home school two children and if I can't function then they fall behind.I read these reviews and so thankful I did. People have said hair loss is a side effect... I already have that because of thyroid. Don't need to lose the little I have left. DON'T TAKE THIS MEDICINE! F 34 1 days
20mg
4/27/2014

 1  HBP Tiredness, muscle weakness, thinning hair. Generally feeling like crap! Talked to my Dr last year about tiredness....told me to take Vit. D! (Level was a little low). That didn't help. Finally after about a year of feeling like crap, I looked online and all my symptoms that I was having are side effects of this drug. I don't know why my Dr never even brought it up. I have stopped taking this crap and I feel so much better!!! Blood pressure with no medication today was 126/86. I am going to work on lowering my blood pressure by eating right and exercise. I do not recommend this drug at all! F 54 1.5 years
12.5 1X D
3/20/2014
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 1  prevent kidney stone formation Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia, a variant of lichen planopilaris. This is an autoimmune condition. I lost all of my eyebrow hair and started losing hair all around my hairline. The scarring of the hair follicles causes permanent hair loss. If I had known this medicine could induce Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia, an autoimmune condition causing permanent hair loss, I would never have used this medicine. F 58 12 months
25 mg 1X D
2/11/2014
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 1  hbp Dizziness, headache, weight gain, constipation, dry skin, blurred vision, muscle cramps, tired all the time. This drug is dangerous! !!!! Lo wee sex drive depressed.! Been off know about 3 weeks still not quite back to normal but feeling a whole lot better. F 40 2 days
25
2/3/2014
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 3  Hbp None F 67 1 years
12.5 1X D
1/26/2014
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 1  High BP Loss of hair,cant sleep and my legs are always hurting. No energy like before I started taking the med.decided today to get off the pill.I will never take this pill again.Funny how all these Dr's.are saying its not the pill.Also gained 40 lbs. F 62 2 years
25 mg
1/25/2014

 2  borderline HTN Works great,can't handle the insomia. I'm talking getting 4 hrs of sleep and that's it. Began two days after starting this medication. F 48 7 days
25 mgs
1/17/2014
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 3  high blood pressure i believe it works my pressure drops and no side effects i have no idea why people are complaining.. two thumbs up. M 36 2 years
25 mg 1X D
1/4/2014

 5  high blood pressure Severe muscle cramps in feet, legs, back, and caves, mostly while sleeping F 54 6 years
25mg
12/11/2013

 1  high blood pressure Extreemly tired, all joints hurt, loss of sleep, hungry all the time, chapped lips, feet sweats a lot. M 52 1 years
12.5
12/9/2013

 1  Blood pressure I have a bald spot on my hand thanks to this stupid medication. I feel like suing my stupid doctor ovet this because he never told me anything about this drug and refused to give me another type of diuretic. This drug is dangerous simple as that. M 29 5 months
25mg
11/26/2013
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 1  Hypertension Within 2 weeks of taking this RX I was feeling real ill- tired, sleepy, stomach pains, nausea. Then tingling of arms started , the worst being cramping of arms from shoulder to fingers. My palms were really burning! Often I was out of breath and needed to catch my breath even over the phone. Headaches started and became worse over time, I couldnt stand sunlight over my eyes any more. I have since stopped taking the med and most of the effects are gone, but now I wake up in the night with painful hands and wrists and my fingers are so numb I cant bend them.. They tingle all day and I pray this will be over too. F 54 1 months
25
11/17/2013

 1  BP Chest wall pressure / EXCESSIVE sweating / Twitching / Leg pain / Fatigue / Weakness / A little dizziness / Tiredness This drug has made me feel really ill. I just stopped taking it and hope I will start to feel better soon. Do not take this drug. M 39 1 months
12.5 1X D
10/19/2013

 1  Water Retention 2 years ago, I was given this med as a combo with Lisinopril, another deadly med, and had to come off them, myself! As stated here, prior to taking this med, I was NOT a sickly person. At 42, I felt 92!!!! A couple of "wellness" doctor visits and a quick BORDERLINE high blood pressure diagnosis landed me on these lethal drugs! Went back to doc this past July for a rattle and wheeze in my chest I just couldn't seem to shake. I specifically asked was it due to s respiratory infection and got a quick no, but was told it was flour related and was prescribed HCTZ this time, as a standalone drug. BIG MISTAKE!!! I was so eager to get rid of that wheezing that kept me up at night, until I didn't do the proper research I normally do before taking any drug, OTCs as well. This time around, I got socked with a whollop of aggressive symptoms: hair shedding, if my hair wasn't so coarse and thick it would be noticeable. Terrible muscle cramps, hands, feet, sternum area, explosive bouts of nausea, increased defecation and chalky in color and texture at times upon sight of it. Stomach and abdominal discomfort do bad until I stayed doubled over a lot! Shortness of breaths, hard to breath at times as if I was going into cardiac arrest! Numbness and tingling in toes. ALL of this and some I've probably forgotten, just for water retention!!!???? No thanks! I am I believe 6 days now officially off this toxic poison and can only pray it has not done irreversable damage to my F 42 4 months
10mg
10/14/2013

 1  high blood pressure Leg cramps and joint pain so severe I can't sleep. I eat bananas etc. Still bad. I already take Diovan for bp but doc wanted it lower. It is 3 am and I can't sleep because of the leg/muscle pain. I am done with this medication. I will lose 20lbs and see how that helps the bp. F 56 3 months
25 mg
10/13/2013

 3  High Blood Pressure Intense hair loss, loss of appetite, dizziness, decrease in sex drive. This medication initially worked awesome in controlling my blood pressure. It was significantly lower in less than three weeks of taking it. I also lost about 12 pounds due to no longer retaining water and lack of appetite, however my hair loss while on this medication has been SEVERE. I used to have incredibly thick hair and I'd imagine I've lost 1/4 of it since March of 2013 from this medication alone. I visited a doctor last week due to concerns of hair loss and realized my BP was skyrocketing again! (We're taking 150's over nearly 100) and this was while being medicated! It no longer is effective for me and the hair loss is much more of a concern than the hypertension itself. F 23 6 months
25 1X D
9/22/2013

 1  High blood pressure My third day into taking this drug I couldn't sleep at night and am so sluggish I could barely stay awake at work. I already suffer from depression so this is a side effect I cannot deal with. I will quit using my ecigarette and try to lower my blood pressure that way. It's not worth feeling like this. M 43 3 days
12.5 Mg 1X D
9/4/2013
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 1  high blood pressure When I was on this drug I had heart palpations, dry mouth, light headed, felt tired all the time, lost lots of hair, anxiety, mood swings, after I stopped taking this I developed nerve issues tingling hands feet face and vertigo palpatations went away most of these side effects didnt start until 3 months after i started taking Do not use this drug. F 30 7 months
12.5 mg
7/2/2013
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 1  High BP Made me so tired I could not function. Messed up my period. F 32 4 months
25
6/26/2013
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 2  to lower blood pressure Hungry all the time. Lost 3 pounds and it's all good except for slight itching all over body. I am allergic to sulfanomides but a dose like this doesn't bother me all that much. My blood glucoise levels are up 10-20 points. If you are pre-diabetic (about 100 in the morning) you can expect to be 110-120 in the morning before breakfast. Do NOT take this drug 2 days before a job physical if you are close to 100 in the morning on blood glucose---you WILL fail!!!! F 61 5 days
12.5mg 1X D
4/20/2013
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 1  blood pressure insomnia (slept only 2.5 to 3 hours per night), felt off-center and headachy during the day everybody reacts to medication in a different way. My roommate has taken this for 3 years with absolutely no side effects of any kind but I was a wreck after only 3 days and decided the side effects were unacceptable F 72 3 days
25MG 1X D
4/16/2013
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 1  High Blood Pressure Major Anxiety, Depression. Disconnect from reality, unknown and anomolous sensations. Tingling hands and feet. Confusion. Blurry Vision. I am worst off taking this medication. My only resolve was fasting and clean eating, with exercise. This stuff needs to be removed from the market, it will ruin your life. M 33 3 months
12.5 1X D
3/26/2013

 2  high blood pressure Anxiety, muscle pain and cramps in arms and legs, hamstring pain, back pain, blurry vision, dry and irritated tongue, and always thirsty. M 40 6 months
25 MG
3/17/2013
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 1  high b/p Cramping all over body cramps lightheadedness, nausea, can't eat. Cramps are bad. I'm also taking lisinpril 20 mg I can't hang with the cramps. Went and got liquid potassium. What can I do to stop cramping , Ihave been drinking powerade too. Help!! F 46 4 days
25 mg
12/10/2012
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 3  Water retention due to birthcontrol EXTREME INSOMNIA... I haven't slept in three days and am utterly exhausted, but just can't fall alseep. I'm starting to wonder when I'm going to pass out... I can't sleep at all, but it has helped my water retention moderatly. F 19 1 months
25 mg 1X D
10/28/2012

 2  mild hypertension Improved bp from 147/90 to 128/0's. Began having Extreme joint and muscle pain/cramps in back, leg, and feet. Sciatic paint significantly worsened. Having difficulty sitting at work. Gait changes due to left knee pain. Two weeks of physical therapy only to discover that the symptoms began after taking this med. No energy for exercise, . Had to decrease daily walks Wish I had read these comments before taking this med. Will not happy take after today. But took potassium to see if pain will decrease. NOT HAPPY. Almost started to consider MRI. Will see what happens after I take my self off this drug. F 59 2 months
mg 1X D
10/28/2012

 1  HBP Anxiety, loss of hair,loss of libido,IBS - like symptoms,nervousness, weak erection and weak stream during ejaculaion,insomnia,irritability,gout,Tendonitis,etc M 61 10 years
25mg
10/11/2012

 5  water retainage None. By taking this drug my blood pressure is stable. I urinate at least 6 times a day. Without the drug I seldom urinate. However, I do not have to go to the bathroom at night. F 75 10 years
20
8/20/2012
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 3  High Blood Pressure Hair loss, heart palpitations, restless legs at night. The side-effects that concern me most: if I miss a pill I start my period, even if its not time yet (28 day cycle). Through consuming more protein and fresh veggies, and exercising daily I got by bp down; so the doctor took me off HCTZ. While off the drug my menstrual flow became excessively heavy with lots a large clots. I am back on HCTZ because my bp has crept back up (hereditary), and I am experiencing all symptoms previously mentioned. I have spoken to different doctors in a few different states about my concerns and they all make comments along the lines that it's all in my mind. The last doctor I spoke with has told me he hasn't read anything "written" on the subject, so I must be mistaken. I wouldn't recommend this drug. If you can lower your bp by diet and exercise, it is a much better choice to do it that way. If you consume at least 20 grams of lean protein at every meal it should have the same effect as a diuretic. I don't know why doctors won't tell you that. F 41 8 years
25mg 1X D
8/12/2012
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 3  HBP/Adema I am experiencing many side affects - constipation, bloating/gas, no energy, tingling in hands/feet, muscle cramps if potassium not taken. This drug has brought my BP and adema in my lower legs/ankles under control. I do not like taking any drugs, but I could not get my BP or swelling down. I am trying to take off some weight and exercise more so that I can get off of these meds - I really don't like how it's making me feel. F 54 2 months
25 MG 1X D
8/6/2012

 1  High blood pressure About three years ago started having extreme vertigo. Was followed by what doc diagnosed as severe panic attacks. Was sent for multiple test but no findings. Continued to get worse including facial numbness, tingling, temporary blindness, severe acid reflux, sleep apnea, insomnia, severe thirst, diarhea, blood sugar drops of 40 to 50 points in two minutes, symptoms similar to a stroke and MS. Actually went through 3 months of mri s and testing for auto immune diseases with all coming back negative. Have gained over 100 lbs and only eat 1500 calories a day because of stomach problems. Diagnosed with increased spinal pressure and had dose doubled three months ago and symptoms magnified tenfold. Thought I was going crazy or dying. Told doc I was going off the hctz and four days later symptoms are almost all gone with just some residual face numbness. I feel like a new woman. This med is EVIL! F 40 4 years
25 mg
7/28/2012
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 1  HBP Since I started taking hctz I've noticed the following. increased anxiety, chest tightness, upset stomach, diarreah, insomnia, and an increase in allergy symptoms. I looked up hctz and found out you shouldn't take it if you are allergic to sulfa drugs. I am and my doctor knows this. so does my pharmacy. I don't think I will be taking it any more, especially since its done nothing for my blood pressure just feel miserable F 27 1 months
7/22/2012

 1  high blood pressure My doctor did blood work on me and found that I had excessive calcium in my blood. This was not normal for me and can indicate a parathyroid tumor or side effect of this med. Took me off the med and checked blood in one month. Is was normal. I actually did not know this was happening as I felt fine. Did little to lower blood pressure tho. Thank goodness I have a great doctor who spotted this side effect or I would have been in serious trouble!!! F 68 2 months
12.5 mg 1X D
7/19/2012

 1  hypertension Leg Cramps,muscle pain,shortness Of breath,dry cough,anxiety,tightness of the chest. M 44 1 years
.25mg
7/4/2012

 2   feeling nauseous most the time, no energy/listlessness. loss of patience- feels like I did when I was going through menopause. was hoping this would help with my bp, but it seems to be about the same. I don't feel like I have any energy to do anything anymore F 59 17 days
25 mg 1X D
6/20/2012
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 1  HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE EXTREME NERVOUSNESS F 85 10 days
100-12.5
5/29/2012
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 4  High blood pressure Heart palpitations, massive migrains, F 15 6 months
12.5
4/27/2012
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 1  High Blood Pressure Hair loss, burning soles of feet, tingling in my legs, burning in left hand up to shoulder and back, stomach cramps, very frequent urination, restless legs that wake me up at nights. I sit around the house and do nothing, which is very unusual for the type of person I used to be: spotless home and beautiful flower garden. For some time now I have not had the motivation to do much, now I know why. This drug should be taken off the market, never in my life have I felt so uncomfortable that it is hard to concentrate while doing anything, due to the discomfort in my feet and stomach. I also get a flushed and warm feeling in my stomach and chest. I never realized that my hair loss was caused by this medication, the top of my hair is very thin that you are able to see my scalp. I got a mamogram last week just to ease my mind. The thing that worry me most is the fact that I am having all these horrible symptoms and not able to quiet my mind, wondering is something terrible is wrong with me. I did not wait for the doctor to tell me, over a week ago I stop taking it and still have the symptons, with just a little relief. I cannot wait for it to go away completely. I am going for blood work in a few days. This is a warning to go on a stricter diet so I would not have to consume these lethal medications. F 60 1 years
12.5 1X D
4/24/2012
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 3  Blood Pressure Dry hacking cough, constipation, dry hair, rash on stomach, severe fatigue, heart palpitations. F 37 7 months
20 mg
4/11/2012

 4  High blood pressure I am new too this medicine along with lisinopril. I have not had any hair loss yet concern with the uncomfortable feeling I have at times. I do know being a first time medicine user my body has too adjust too the changes. I have my next appointment this week so hoping they see something F 37 4 days
25mg
3/20/2012

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