Q: Are there any dietary restrictions I should follow as I have high blood pressure?
Limit intake of salt in diet, especially pickles and packaged foods like chips contain excess salt and should be avoided
Have less amount of potassium-containing foods like spinach, broccoli or banana
Limit meat intake
Instead of having packaged snacks, prefer fresh cut fruits as they are rich in vitamins and fibre
Q: What is Chlorthalidone? Is it same as Chlorothiazide?
A: Chlorthalidone is a diuretic (water pill - increases the production of urine) like Hydrochlorothiazide but it is not a thiazide diuretic. Chlorthalidone is more potent and longer-acting compared to Chlorothiazide. Chlorthalidone is commonly used for the treatment of high blood pressure and edema (fluid overload) associated with heart, kidney or liver diseases or due to other medications.
Q: Is there anything else I need to know before taking Biotel Ch Tab?
A: Serum electrolytes should be regularly monitored while on treatment with Biotel Ch Tab because it may alter blood potassium, sodium and chloride levels. Renal function also need to be monitored closely as this medicine can compromise the functioning of kidneys in some patients. This medicine should not be used in children and adolescents below 18 years of age.