HCTZ has been a life saver for me. Diagnosed at 16 years old with high blood pressure, I have been on HCTZ for almost 20 years and it is still effective for me. It keeps the water off of me so therefore, I urinate frequently. I take it first thing in the morning to ensure it doesn't interefer with my nightly rest. I feel so much lighter when I take it. I usually swell in the hands and legs and feet if I do not take HCTZ. Part of having high blood pressure is water retention. The only side effect I have is dizziness at times. When my pressure is low and I suddenly change positions such as from sitting to standing, I feel light headed. I have been dieting and recently lost 50 lbs so I have a Dr. appointment to have my dosage lowered. I am told, that will take that side effect away. I am currently on 25mg. I recommend HCTZ to anyone that has high blood pressure. It has relieved all of my high blodd pressure symptoms. And with weight loss being a major goal of mine, it helps when I eat salty foods!
Virginia Beach, VA