Other Diroton Interactions
It's important to talk to your doctor before using any salt substitutes that contain potassium when you're taking Diroton.
Your doctor may also tell you to follow a low-salt or low-sodium diet.
It's important to follow these directions carefully.
Q: I am experiencing hair loss from Diroton. Will hair grow back if medication is changed?
A: Diroton is in a class of drugs called angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors. It is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension), congestive heart failure, and to improve survival after a heart attack. Common side effects of Diroton include cough, dizziness, drowsiness, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, upset stomach, and mild skin itching or rash. According to the prescribing information for Diroton, alopecia or hair loss has been reported in less than 1% of patients taking the medication. This would be considered an uncommon side effect, which may or may not be related to taking the drug. No information was provided about whether the condition improved after stopping or changing the medication or not. Your doctor or health care provider is best able to properly evaluate your medical condition and give recommendations based on your specific circumstances. Contact your doctor if you are concerned about hair loss, especially if you are having any other unexplained symptoms. You may also get more information by using the Everyday Health Symptom Checker. Do not stop of change the amount of medication you take without talking to your doctor first. For more specific information, consult with your doctor or local pharmacist for guidance based on your health status and current medications, particularly before taking any action. Sarah Lewis, RPh
Getting the most from your treatment
- Try to keep your regular appointments with your doctor. This is so your progress can be monitored. Your doctor may want you to have some blood tests from time to time to check that your kidneys are working well.
- It is very important that you follow any dietary and lifestyle advice that you are given by your doctor. This may include advice about eating a healthy diet, not smoking, and taking regular exercise.
- If you buy any medicines, check with a pharmacist that they are suitable to take with Diroton. This is because some medicines (such as anti-inflammatory painkillers and indigestion remedies) could interfere with your treatment.
- It is likely that your doctor will advise that you do not use salt substitutes while you are taking Diroton. These products have a high content of potassium which could be harmful for you.
- If you drink alcohol, ask your doctor for advice about drinking alcohol while you are on Diroton. Alcoholic drinks can make you feel light-headed or dizzy, and they may not be advisable for you.
- If you are having an operation or dental treatment, tell the person carrying out the treatment that you are taking Diroton tablets. This is because some anaesthetics could cause your blood pressure to drop too low.
- Treatment with Diroton is often long-term, although it is taken for short periods (up to six weeks) following a heart attack. Continue to take the tablets until you are advised otherwise.
If you are also taking hydrochlorothiazide in combination with this medicine
- Studies have suggested that taking higher doses of hydrochlorothiazide for long periods of time may increase the risk of certain skin cancers.
- Tell your doctor if you have ever been treated for skin cancer before.
- Tell your doctor about any new or changed moles or worrying marks on your skin.
- Use a sunscreen in strong sunlight. Do not use sunbeds.
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Diroton was approved by the US FDA on 24 th of November 1995.
Please visit the official site of the FDA for further information.
Why is this medication prescribed?
This medication is in a class of drugs called angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors. Angiotensin is a chemical that is made by the body continuously, and it works by decreasing certain chemicals that tighten the blood vessels, so blood flows more smoothly and the heart can pump blood more efficiently.
Diroton is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure.
Additionally, it is also used in combination with other medications to treat heart failure and has been administered as a means of improving the survival rate after a heart attack.
Other uses for this medicine
This medication may also be used to help protect the kidneys from damage caused by diabetes.
However, it is important that you consult your doctor about the possible risks of using this drug for your particular condition as this can vary from patient to patient.
Dosage and using this medicine
For the treatment of high blood pressure, the initial starting dose is usually 10 milligrams taken once a day. Your doctor will increase the dosage until your blood pressure is under control. The long-term dosage usually ranges from 20 to 40 milligrams a day, taken in a single dose.
For heart attacks, the usual dose is 5 milligrams within the first 24 hours after a heart attack, then 5 milligrams 24 hours later, 10 milligrams 48 hours later and, finally, 10 milligrams once a day for 6 weeks.
Take Diroton exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.
Each dose should be taken with a full glass of water, and even with or without food.
Do not stop taking Diroton without first consulting to your doctor. If you stop taking this medication suddenly, your condition could deteriorate.
What special precautions should I follow?
It is strongly advised that you inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to Diroton, enalapril (Vasotec®), benazepril (Lotensin®), captopril (Capoten®), fosinopril (Monopril®), moexipril (Univasc®), perindopril (Aceon®), quinapril (Accupril®), ramipril (Altace®), trandolapril (Mavik®), or any other drugs.
Additionally, please tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and non-prescription medications you are taking, especially diuretics (‘water pills’), lithium (Eskalith® and Lithobid®), other medications for high blood pressure, potassium supplements, salt substitutes and vitamins.
Also let your doctor know if you have or have ever had heart or kidney disease, diabetes, or angioedema, a condition that causes hives, difficulty breathing, and painful swelling of the face, lips, throat, tongue, hands, or feet.
Diroton may pass into breast milk and harm newborn infants, so please tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding.
If you are having surgery, including dental surgery, it is advised that you tell the doctor or dentist that you are taking Diroton.
As with the majority of medications, alcohol may increase drowsiness and dizziness while you are taking Diroton, so please use it cautiously.
What should I do if I forget a dose?
If you have forgotten to take a dose of Diroton, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take only your next regularly scheduled one.
Never take a double dose of this medication.
What side effects can this medication cause?
Q: What are the long-term effects of Diroton?
A: Diroton is known as an angiotensive-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor antihypertensive medication, commonly used to treat high blood pressure. Common side effects of Diroton include dizziness, syncope, headache, fatigue, low blood pressure, fast heart rate, persistent non-productive cough, swelling of the face, arms, and legs, and jaundice (yellowing of skin and white's of eyes). This is not a complete list of the side effects associated with Diroton. For more general information on Diroton, visit our //www.everydayhealth.com/drugs/Diroton. For more specific information, consult with your doctor or pharmacist for guidance based on your health status and current medications, particularly before taking any action. When your doctor prescribes a new medication, be sure to discuss all your prescription and over-the-counter drugs, including dietary supplements, vitamins, botanicals, minerals, and herbals, as well as the foods you eat. Always keep a current list of the drugs and supplements you take and review it with your healthcare providers and your pharmacist. If possible, use one pharmacy for all your prescription medications and over-the-counter products. This allows your pharmacist to keep a complete record of all your prescription drugs and to advise you about drug interactions and side effects. Tell your health-care provider about any negative side effects from prescription drugs. You can also report them to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration by visiting www.fda.gov/medwatch or by calling 1-800-FDA-1088. For more specific information, consult with your doctor or pharmacist for guidance based on your health status and current medications, particularly before taking any action. Jennifer Carey, PharmD
Q: Does Diroton cause weight gain?
A: Diroton is used to treat high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, and to improve survival after a heart attack. Some common brand names for the drug include Prinivil and Zestril. The product information for Diroton indicates that a possible side effect can include swelling and rapid weight gain. If this side effect is experienced, it should immediately be reported to your physician. Also, product information indicates that alcohol should be avoided since it can further decrease blood pressure and increase side effects in some instances. Do not eat salt substitutes or take potassium supplements without a physician's approval. Have your blood pressure checked on a regular basis. If you do have high blood pressure, you may wish to subscribe to the following newsletter: //www.everydayhealth.com/high-blood-pressure/guide/
Diroton may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
- excessive tiredness
- runny nose
- decrease in sexual ability