Proper Use

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Take this medicine exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not take more or less of it, and do not take it more often than your doctor ordered. Your dose may need to be changed several times in order to find out what works best for you.

In addition to the use of this medicine, treatment for your high blood pressure may include weight control and changes in the types of foods you eat, especially foods high in sodium (salt). Your doctor will tell you which of these are most important for you. You should check with your doctor before changing your diet.

Many patients who have high blood pressure will not notice any signs of the problem. In fact, many may feel normal. It is very important that you take your medicine exactly as directed and that you keep your appointments with your doctor even if you feel well.

Remember that this medicine will not cure your high blood pressure, but it does help control it. You must continue to take it as directed if you expect to lower your blood pressure and keep it down. You may have to take high blood pressure medicine for the rest of your life. If high blood pressure is not treated, it can cause serious problems such as heart failure, blood vessel disease, stroke, or kidney disease.

It is best to take your medicine on an empty stomach, 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals.

For patients taking the oral liquid:

  • The oral solution may be mixed with fruit juice or applesauce. If mixed with fruit juice or applesauce, take immediately after mixing. Be sure to take all of the mixture to get the full dose of the medicine.

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For high blood pressure:
    • For oral dosage form (oral solution):
      • Adults—40 to 200 milligrams (mg) per day, divided into two or four doses.
      • Children—Dose is based on body weight and must be determined by your doctor. The dose is usually 0.75 to 7.5 milligram (mg) per kilogram (kg) of body weight per day, divided into two or four doses.
    • For oral dosage form (tablets):
      • Adults—At first, 10 milligrams (mg) four times a day. Your doctor may adjust your dose as needed. However, the dose is usually not more than 50 mg four times a day.
      • Children—Dose is based on body weight and must be determined by your doctor. The starting dose is usually 0.75 milligram (mg) per kilogram (kg) of body weight per day, divided into four doses. The doctor may adjust the dose as needed. However, the dose is usually not more than 7.5 mg per kg of body weight per day or 200 mg per day.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.

Storage

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.