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What is Bendroflumethiazide?
Bendroflumethiazide tablets are used in the treatment of hypertension (high blood pressure) and fluid retention (oedema) from kidney, liver or heart problems.
This medication should only be used as prescribed. Taking Bendroflumethiazide for other reasons can cause kidney damage.
How does Bendroflumethiazide work?
Bendroflumethiazide tablets belong to a group of medicines called thiazide diuretics, or water tablets. Diuretics increase the amount of urine you produce. Bendroflumethiazide is the active ingredient in these tablets.
How do you take Bendroflumethiazide?
Always take the Bendroflumethiazide dose prescribed by your GP or pharmacist.
Adults should take one tablet each morning, as prescribed by your GP, with water. It’s easiest to take these tablets in the morning so that you’re not woken in the night needing to go to the bathroom.
You should avoid alcohol when you are being treated with these water retention tablets as it can affect the way the medication works.
How effective is Bendroflumethiazide?
As long as it is taken as prescribed, Bendroflumethiazide is a clinically proven treatment for high blood pressure.
There are some lifestyle changes you can make to help your medication work more effectively. It’s important to maintain a healthy weight, which you can do by exercising and eating a healthy diet. Try to limit your salt intake and incorporate a variety of fruits and vegetables. You should also avoid smoking and drinking too much alcohol and caffeine.
What are the main side effects of Bendroflumethiazide?
This medication should only be used to treat high blood pressure and fluid retention caused by kidney, liver or heart problems.
Taking Bendroflumethiazide for other reasons can cause kidney damage.
Like all medicines, Bendroflumethiazide diuretic tablets can cause side effects, although not everyone will experience them. The most common side effects of Bendroflumethiazide are:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Diarrhoea or constipation
- Allergic reactions including skin rashes, sensitivity to light, a viral infection of the lungs and fluid in the lungs.
For a full list of Bendroflumethiazide side effects, please see the patient information leaflet.
It’s also possible that Bendroflumethiazide will cause dizziness, drowsiness and mental confusion, so you should be certain you’re not experiencing any of these before driving or operating machinery.
Frequently Asked Questions
What do water tablets do?
Water tablets are diuretics, which means they increase the amount of urine you produce.