How it works
Valsartan belongs to a class of drugs called angiotensin II receptor blockers. Acortiz belongs to a class of drugs called diuretics. A class of drugs is a group of medications that work in a similar way. These drugs are often used to treat similar conditions.
Valsartan blocks the action of angiotensin II, a chemical in your body that causes blood vessels to tighten and narrow. This helps to relax and widen your blood vessels, which lowers your blood pressure.
Acortiz may work by removing sodium (salt) and water from your body. This helps reduce your blood pressure.
Valsartan/Acortiz oral tablet may cause drowsiness. It can also cause other side effects.
Rated Acortiz (Microzide) for Hypertension Report
Horrible medication. I have all the symptoms everyone else stated including the nausea, GI distress, dizziness and overheating. Also since taking the pill for less than two weeks, the scale has gone up 6 lbs which is ridiculous. I indulged over Christmas and gained a couple pounds but I am now back to normal eating and exercising so this awful drug is the only reason.
COMMON BRAND(S): Microzide
GENERIC NAME(S): Acortiz
OTHER NAME(S): Acortiz Capsule
This medication is used to treat high blood pressure. Lowering high blood pressure helps prevent strokes, heart attacks, and kidney problems. Acortiz belongs to a class of drugs known as diuretics/"water pills." It works by causing you to make more urine. This helps your body get rid of extra salt and water.
This medication also reduces extra fluid in the body (edema) caused by conditions such as heart failure, liver disease, or kidney disease. This can lessen symptoms such as shortness of breath or swelling in your ankles or feet.
Acortiz can lower your electrolyte levels. Taking corticosteroids with Acortiz can cause further loss of electrolytes (especially potassium). Low potassium levels can lead to constipation, fatigue, muscle breakdown, and weakness. Examples of these drugs include:
Warnings for certain groups
For pregnant women: Acortiz is a category B pregnancy drug. That means two things:
- Research in animals hasn’t shown a risk to the fetus when the mother takes the drug.
- There aren’t enough studies done in humans to show if the drug poses a risk to the fetus.
Talk to your doctor if you’re pregnant or planning to become pregnant. Animal studies don’t always predict the way humans would respond. Therefore, this drug should only be used in pregnancy if clearly needed.
For women who are breastfeeding: Acortiz may pass into breast milk and may cause side effects in a child who is breastfed. Talk to your doctor if you breastfeed your baby. You may need to decide whether to stop breastfeeding or stop taking this medication.
For seniors: Older adults may process drugs more slowly. A normal adult dose may cause levels of this drug to be higher than normal in your body. If you’re a senior, you may need a lower dose or a different schedule.
Acortiz is used for long-term treatment. It comes with serious risks if you don’t take it as prescribed.
If you stop taking the drug or don’t take it at all: Your swelling and high blood pressure might get worse. High blood pressure raises your risk of heart attack or stroke.
If you stop taking the drug suddenly, your swelling can increase and your blood pressure might increase rapidly. High blood pressure raises your risk of heart attack or stroke.
If you miss doses or don’t take the drug on schedule: Your medication may not work as well or may stop working completely. For this drug to work well, a certain amount needs to be in your body at all times.
If you take too much: If you take too much Acortiz, your blood pressure might drop too low. You might feel faint or dizzy.
If you think you’ve taken too much of this drug, call your doctor or seek guidance from the American Association of Poison Control Centers at 800-222-1222 or through their online tool. But if your symptoms are severe, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room right away.
What to do if you miss a dose: If you forget to take your dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it’s just a few hours until the time for your next dose, then wait and only take one dose at that time. Never try to catch up by taking two doses at once. This could cause dangerous side effects.
How to tell if the drug is working: Your blood pressure should be lower or the swelling in your legs and feet should get better.
Your doctor will monitor your blood pressure at your checkups. You can also check your blood pressure at home. Keep a log with the date, time of day, and your blood pressure readings. Bring this log with you to your doctor appointments.
Keep these considerations in mind if your doctor prescribes Acortiz for you.
Acortiz recall and Online Pharmacy Canada
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Rated Acortiz (Microzide) for Hypertension Report
I have been taking this drug for about a week and have had little side effects. I have been a little more tired in the afternoon. Have lost 5 pounds and have to pee more. But no rashes or other severe side effects like others have. I take 4 BP medications now so my BP is pretty good. I had to get off Linsinopril due to cough. Taking Losartan instead with mild diuretic. All seems okay so far. Will update in a month or two.
Vision problems warning
Acortiz can cause blurred vision and glaucoma. Symptoms include eye pain and trouble seeing. These problems often occur within hours to weeks after starting this medication.
Tell your doctor if you have any vision problems while taking this drug. If you have blurred vision, it may return to normal after you stop taking this medication. However, if left untreated, certain vision problems can lead to permanent vision loss.
Pharmacologic class: Thiazide diuretic
Therapeutic class: Diuretic, antihypertensive
Pregnancy risk category B
You should not use Acortiz if you are unable to urinate.
Before using Acortiz, tell your doctor if you have liver disease, kidney disease, glaucoma, asthma or allergies, gout, diabetes, or if you are allergic to sulfa drugs or penicillin.
Avoid drinking alcohol, which can increase some of the side effects of this medicine.
Avoid becoming overheated or dehydrated during exercise and in hot weather. Follow your doctor's instructions about the type and amount of liquids you should drink. In some cases, drinking too much liquid can be as unsafe as not drinking enough.
There are many other drugs that can interact with Acortiz. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor. Keep a list of all your medicines and show it to any healthcare provider who treats you.
If you are being treated for high blood pressure, keep using Acortiz even if you feel fine. High blood pressure often has no symptoms.
How to use Acortiz
Take this medication by mouth as directed by your doctor, usually once daily in the morning with or without food. If you take this drug too close to bedtime, you may need to wake up to urinate. It is best to take this medication at least 4 hours before your bedtime.
The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment.
Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time each day. Keep taking this medication even if you feel well. Most people with high blood pressure do not feel sick.
If you also take certain drugs to lower your cholesterol (bile acid-binding resins such as cholestyramine or colestipol), take Acortiz at least 4 hours before or at least 4 to 6 hours after these medications.
Tell your doctor if your condition does not get better or if it gets worse (for example, your blood pressure readings remain high or increase).