Indicontin Tablet CR is a diuretic (water pill) medicine used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure). It also reduces excess fluid levels in the body and treats edema (fluid overload) associated with heart, liver, kidney, or lung disease.
Indicontin Tablet CR makes you lose excess water through urine. It may be used alone or in combination with other medicines. This medicine should be taken only during day time to avoid frequent urination at night. You must take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by the doctor and never stop it abruptly without consulting the doctor. Most people with high blood pressure do not feel ill, but if you stop taking this medicine, your condition could get worse.
It is important to have your blood pressure checked regularly. This medicine is only one part of a treatment program which should also include a healthy diet, regular exercise, smoking cessation, moderation of alcohol intake, and weight reduction. You can eat normally while taking this medicine, but try to reduce your salt intake.
BENEFITS OF INDICONTIN TABLET CR
In Hypertension (high blood pressure)
Indicontin Tablet CR is known as a water pill, which increases urine output thereby lowering blood pressure. If your blood pressure is controlled, you are less at risk of having a heart attack, stroke, or kidney problems. The medicine must be taken regularly as prescribed to be effective. You do not usually feel any direct benefit from taking this medicine, but it works in the long term to keep you well.
In Treatment of Edema
Edema is caused by your body retaining too much water. Indicontin Tablet CR helps get rid of the extra water and electrolytes from your body by increasing the amount of urine produced. This enables your body to get rid of extra water thereby relieving symptoms such as shortness of breath and swelling in your arms, legs, or abdomen. Therefore, you can carry out your daily activities more comfortably. Take it regularly and make appropriate lifestyle changes to get maximum benefits.
HOW TO USE INDICONTIN TABLET CR
Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Swallow it as a whole. Do not chew, crush or break it. Indicontin Tablet CR may be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.
HOW INDICONTIN TABLET CR WORKS
Indicontin Tablet CR is a thiazide diuretic. It lowers blood pressure by removing the extra water and certain electrolytes from the body. Over time it also works by relaxing blood vessels and improving blood flow.
Indicontin Tablet CR may cause excessive drowsiness with alcohol.
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Indicontin Tablet CR may be unsafe to use during pregnancy. Although there are limited studies in humans, animal studies have shown harmful effects on the developing baby. Your doctor will weigh the benefits and any potential risks before prescribing it to you. Please consult your doctor.
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Indicontin Tablet CR is probably unsafe to use during breastfeeding. Limited human data suggests that the drug may pass into the breastmilk and harm the baby.
Indicontin Tablet CR may decrease alertness, affect your vision or make you feel sleepy and dizzy. Do not drive if these symptoms occur.
Indicontin Tablet CR should be used with caution in patients with severe kidney disease. Dose adjustment of Indicontin Tablet CR may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Indicontin Tablet CR should be used with caution in patients with liver disease. Dose adjustment of Indicontin Tablet CR may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
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Interaction with drugs
Using the below medicines along with Indicontin CR Tablet may reduce the efficacy or cause side effects.
WHAT IF YOU FORGET TO TAKE INDICONTIN TABLET CR?
If you miss a dose of Indicontin Tablet CR, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.
Most side effects do not require any medical attention and disappear as your body adjusts to the medicine. Consult your doctor if they persist or if you’re worried about them
Common side effects of Indicontin
- Gastrointesinal symptoms
- Muscle cramp
Q. Can Indicontin Tablet CR cause gout?
Use of Indicontin Tablet CR may impact the patients already diagnosed with gout. Inform your doctor if you have gout before starting Indicontin Tablet CR. The reason being, this medicine can increase the levels of uric acid in blood in these patients. Such patients may experience episodes of gout while on Indicontin Tablet CR. Your doctor may advise regular monitoring of uric acid.
Q. Can Indicontin Tablet CR increase blood sugar?
Indicontin Tablet CR may increase blood sugar levels in diabetic patients. Tell your doctor if you have diabetes as your insulin requirements may change or the dose of your antidiabetic medicines may need modification. Regular monitoring of blood sugar levels is important in diabetes patients taking Indicontin Tablet CR.
Q. Does Indicontin Tablet CR make you sleepy?
No, Indicontin Tablet CR does not make you sleepy. But, if there is excessive loss of salts (hyponatremia, hypokalaemia, or electrolyte imbalance), then it may make you drowsy. Other warning signals of electrolyte imbalance include dry mouth, thirst, weakness, fatigue, lethargy, restlessness, muscle pain or cramps. Electrolyte imbalance may also lead to decreased urine output, increased heart beat and decreased blood pressure. In case you notice any of these symptoms, contact your doctor immediately.
Q. Does Indicontin Tablet CR make you urinate more?
Use of Indicontin Tablet CR tend to increase the frequency of urination in some patients. Indicontin Tablet CR belongs to thiazide class of medicines which are diuretics. These medicines make your body get rid of extra fluid through your kidneys. This also increases the amount of salts (sodium and potassium) and water that you get rid off from the body, helping in decreasing the blood pressure.
Q. How long does it take Indicontin Tablet CR to start working?
The action of Indicontin Tablet CR is gradual. While the initial effects may be seen within a week, it may take several months to experience the full benefits.
Q. Can I take Indicontin Tablet CR for weight loss?
No, Indicontin Tablet CR is not a medicine for weight loss. This medicine is used to lower high blood pressure and to reduce fluid overload in cases of heart failure. In case you experience weight loss while taking Indicontin Tablet CR, it may be due to fluid loss and not due to body fat.
Q. Is it safe to take Indicontin Tablet CR if I am ill?
If you are sick or have fever with sweating or are experiencing vomiting or diarrhea, you should contact your doctor. To cope up with these, you may be advised to stop Indicontin Tablet CR for 2-3 days and continue it after you are well. The reason being, if you are sick, then there can be electrolyte imbalance. Taking Indicontin Tablet CR may enhance this imbalance. Therefore, it should be stopped for 2-3 days.
Q. How much fluid should I drink while taking Indicontin Tablet CR?
It is usually best to drink normal amounts of fluids while taking Indicontin Tablet CR. It is important not to remain thirsty for long periods and to keep yourself hydrated. If you have heart failure or kidney failure, then you need to restrict your fluid intake after discussing with your doctor.
Always read the patient information leaflet before commencing treatment.
Important: We advise you to always read the patient information leaflet inside the medication box, as the generic medication may not always entirely match the patient information leaflet listed. Please contact us if you have any questions.