Indapamide are tablets for high blood pressure. They help prevent some serious health complications that high blood pressure can cause if it's not controlled properly.
To make sure you do not miss any doses of your medications, you can reorder treatment with Zava. Fill in a short online assessment and your Zava Doctor will check to make sure treatment is still right for you. If it is, you can have you treatment delivery at no extra cost, or you can collect from a local post office.
How to take indapamide
- Indapamide can be taken with or without food
- Take one pill of indapamide at the same time each morning
- You may be able to cut or crush the tablet depending on the type of tablet you’re taking - always check with your pharmacist first, or send us a message through your Zava account. If you have problems with swallowing these, then it’s best to talk to your doctor about this
Factors that affect which indapamide dosage is right for you
- Your age
- Your condition (blood pressure or oedema)
- How severe your condition is
- Any other medical conditions you might have
- How your body reacts to the first dose
It's usually prescribed for high blood pressure – indapamide is a medication usually prescribed to lower blood pressure in people with high blood pressure. Even though it’s used to help control blood pressure, it doesn’t cure it. By controlling blood pressure, in the long-term, it might also prevent heart attack or stroke.
Indapamide is also used to treat oedema – this is when salt and fluids are kept in the body and cause swelling in people with conditions like congestive heart failure. It’s used to help control the swelling or fluid retention. If it’s taken in the long-term, then it might keep your heart failure from getting worse.
What effect does it have? – it might be hard to tell straight away if indapamide is working, but you’ll be able to see the changes when you’re taking it regularly for:
- High blood pressure – you will not be able to feel your indapamide working, but you should have lower readings for your blood pressure
- Oedema – you should notice that there’s less swelling or fluid retention
Why is proper treatment important? – the danger of high blood pressure is that it can cause damage to a lot of areas in your body in different ways. This is because it affects the blood vessels, which are like a gateway to all the organs of the body, so when high blood pressure damages these, it can have effects anywhere in the body. Some examples are:
- Damage to your blood vessels (arteries) – high blood pressure can damage the cells lining the inside of your arteries and eventually, the walls can become less elastic so that less blood and nutrients reach your body. If the high blood pressure continues, a section of the wall of a weakened artery can become bigger and form a bulge (aneurysm). This could rupture and cause serious bleeding inside your body
- Damage to your heart – there are a lot of ways that the heart can be affected by high blood pressure. For example, high blood pressure forces your heart to work harder than needed, which can cause a part of your heart (left ventricle) to thicken. This can limit its potential to pump to the body and/or end up weakening your heart muscle, so that you have an increased risk of heart attack or failure
- Damage to your brain – high blood pressure can damage and weaken your brain's blood vessels, causing them to narrow, rupture or leak. High blood pressure can also cause blood clots to form in the arteries delivering blood to the brain, which means that the blood is blocked from reaching the brain and a stroke can occur
- Damage to your eyes – high blood pressure can damage the blood vessels in the eye causing retinopathy. The damaged blood vessels can bleed leading to blurred vision, or complete loss of vision
Indapamide is part of one group of blood pressure medications – indapamide belongs in a family of drugs called diuretics (water pills). More specifically, its active ingredient is indapamide hemihydrate. They work by making your body remove extra water and salt through your urine. This should result in less swelling and lowered blood pressure.
What does it do in the body? – indapamide has these effects on the body by changing the way your kidneys filter blood so that more fluid leaves your body as urine. Indapamide can also cause the muscles that surround your blood vessels to relax. This means that the blood vessels have room to expand and allow more blood to pass through, which lowers the blood pressure.
What's in an Indapamide pill? – indapamide can be prescribed as a slow release 1.25mg pill, or a 2.5mg pill for adults. In each of these pills, the active substance is indapamide hemihydrate. Other ingredients include microcrystalline cellulose, magnesium stearate, lactose, croscarmellose sodium, hypromellose, macrogol 400 and titanium dioxide.
You can reorder indapamide with Zava – we offer a few quick and easy steps get it processed for you:
- Pick the medication you want to order. If you’re looking to reorder, then you should have been using the medication for at least 3 months and should be happy to continue with it.
- Fill in a quick 3-minute questionnaire – this covers relevant aspects of your health, like medications you might be taking
- Wait for our doctor to assess your answers – based on your answers, they’ll check whether you can be prescribed indapamide
- Wait for your indapamide to be delivered straight to you, or collect from a local post office if you prefer
Starting treatment – in the same way, it’s easy to start the process with your doctor. You should have a talk with them first about your needs and any personal health aspects they should know about. Together you can then make a safe and effective decision on whether you can be prescribed indapamide. From here, once you’ve been taking the medication for at least 3 months, you can place your next order on our site.
Take it as instructed – when your doctor prescribes the medication for you, they will explain how to take it safely and effectively. It also helps to read the patient information leaflet that comes with it. If you have any questions, you shouldn’t hesitate to talk to your doctor. Instructions on how to take Indapamide are listed in the 'how to take indapamide section on the right.
Getting the most out of treatment – to make sure you get the most out of your treatment, there’s more that you can do than just taking your medication on time. Some things to consider are:
- Be organised – your doctor might suggest that you check your blood pressure at home. As part of checking this, you should also keep a log with the date, time of day, and your blood pressure readings. If you take this to your doctor appointments, then it could be useful in seeing if you’re making progress. Organisation is also key when it comes to remembering to take your pills on time. For example, setting alerts or reminders on your phone could be a great way to help you make sure you’re taking your pills on time without overwhelming you. If you do happen to miss your dose, which you normally take it in the morning, then only take your missed pill if it’s before 6pm. If it becomes any later then skip the missed dose and take your next dose as usual. You shouldn’t take two doses to make up for your missed one
- Manage your diet – your doctor might recommend a specific diet for you, which could include decreasing your salt or increasing your potassium intake
- Take care of your skin – indapamide may make your skin more sensitive to sunlight, so you should try to wear protective clothing and use sunscreen when you’re out in the sun
- Store your medication appropriately – don’t store/leave your medication in your car, especially when the weather is very hot or cold
Indapamide can cause side effects – just like any other medications. You might not be one of the people who experiences these, but it’s a good idea to become aware of them, since this can help you know what to look out for. General discussion with your doctor can be very valuable and help you in managing side effects, since it can raise recommendations like changing your dose or adopting some changes in your lifestyle that you hadn’t thought about before. These might help you in managing your symptoms and making your treatment experience more pleasant, safe and effective.
What side effects are there? – the product information leaflet that comes with indapamide can be a good place to look at first to get an idea of some of the side effects that are possible. Some of the most common side effects are:
- fatigue, weakness, or loss of energy
- muscle cramps or spasms
- increased peeing (urination) during the first few weeks of treatment
What to do about side effects – if these effects are mild, they may go away within a few days or a couple of weeks. In some cases, however, they’re more severe or seem to persist for a while, and this is one of the cases in which you should see your doctor.
Serious side effects – these can include the following:
- Fast, unexplained weight loss
- Skin rash with itching, swelling, blisters, peeling skin
- Difficulty breathing or swallowing
- Tightness in the chest or throat
- Swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue or throat
Symptoms of an overdose – these can include the following:
- Feeling sick (nausea) and/or being sick (vomiting)
- Extreme thirst
- Faintness, dizziness or weakness
- Muscle cramps
What to do about serious side effects – if you’re experiencing any serious side effects or take too many of your tablets, you should call your emergency services immediately. If you’ve accidentally taken an extra dose of your medication, it might not necessarily harm you, but you might not feel well and it’s best to immediately get medical attention. Have the packet of your medication with you when you go in to see the doctor and don’t try and drive yourself to the nearest hospital – get someone to do this for you.