Dithiazide, or hydrochlorothiazide, is a prescription medication available in Australia used to treat a type of swelling in your lower limbs and extremities called edema. Despite its effectiveness, Dithiazide poses a risk for side effects in some patients.
According to clinical studies published by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), side effects from dithiazide are most common in patients being treated with daily dosages of 25 mg or more.
Types of Common Side Effects
Common side effects of Diathizide include nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, diarrhea, constipation, abdominal cramps, dizziness, lightheadedness, headaches, restlessness, weakness and blurred vision.
Taking barbiturates or narcotics with Dithiazide poses a risk for high blood pressure in some patients. When combined with the psychiatric drug lithium, your chance of developing side effects from both lithium and Dithiazide increases.
Some patients develop potentially life-threatening allergic reactions, causing itching, swelling of the face and extremities, shortness of breath, chest pains, the appearance of red welts or shock. If you experience any symptoms of an allergic reaction while taking Dithiazide, seek prompt medical attention.
Doctors typically reserve use of Dithiazide in pregnant women to cases when there are no other safe treatment options available. If you have a history of diabetes, gout, lupus, high cholesterol, or kidney or liver disease, your doctor may not prescribe Dithiazide for you due to its potential side effects.