What is enalapril-HCTZ?
Enalapril-HCTZ is a prescription medication used to treat high blood pressure. A combination of two separate medicines - enalapril and hydrochlorothiazide - helps relax blood vessels, improve blood flow to the heart, and increases the flow of urine from the body. Excess fluid, and salt in urine, can cause increased blood pressure. Water pills encourage the body to get rid of this extra salt and fluid by urinating more frequently.
High blood pressure is a common but serious condition that affects nearly half of all Americans, according to the CDC. If left untreated, high blood pressure can cause damage to the brain, heart, blood vessels, kidneys, and other parts of the body. This can lead to adverse events like heart disease, heart failure, stroke, kidney failure, loss of vision, and more.
While enalapril-HCTZ has been shown to effectively reduce blood pressure, it should be taken along with lifestyle changes to help reduce risk of hypertension (high blood pressure). Lifestyle changes that can help lower blood pressure and improve heart health include: Quit smoking Eating a healthy diet Regular physical activity Drinking alcohol in moderation