Side effects of stopping certain medications.

Q: My elevated blood pressure (160/100) has been controlled with exercise, a better  diet and the drug Benicar HCT 40/25. My doctor has taken me off the water pill portion and prescribed Benicar 40ng and my blood pressure has remained stable at 120/70. Can I expect any withdrawal side effects such as weight gain or headaches when stopping the water pill portion of the medication?

A: You may experience a slight increase in your weight. The diuretic forced your body to get rid of fluid it might have kept. Without the diuretic, your body now can hold on to more fluid. Headaches don’t usually occur from stopping a mild diuretic like you were taking.

Further Reading:
Benicar Side Effects –
Hypertension: Side Effects of Diuretics –

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