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This content has been written and checked for quality and accuracy by
Adil Bhaloda Pharmacist GPhC: 2086262 Updated on: 23/02/2021 Next review: 23/08/2021

What is Bendroflumethiazide

Bendroflumethiazide, also available under the brand name Apronix, is a medication known as a diuretic or "water tablet". It used to lower high blood pressure and to treat fluid retention (oedema).

It is only obtainable on prescription and is available as a 2.5mg or 5mg tablets from Prescription Doctor.

To buy Bendroflumethiazide tablets online, simply complete our short online medical form and, if our doctor approves your order before 3pm, our UK registered pharmacy will send out your item the same day via a discreet next-day delivery service.

To begin your order, fill in our online consultation form for our doctor to review.


How Does Bendroflumethiazide Work?

While the diuretic effect of Bendroflumethiazide is understood, the hypotensive effects are not fully realised.

Bendroflumethiazide causes your kidneys to produce more urine and pass salts such as sodium and potassium.

Your kidneys filter your blood through specialised blood vessels, extracting nutrients, salts (sodium and potassium) and vitamins which can be used elsewhere in the body.

Salts such as potassium and sodium play a number of vital roles in your body - they help to retain water in your body to keep you hydrated and are used by smooth muscles. By causing your kidneys to flush out water and salt from your body, the amount of fluid in your blood vessels is reduced, which decreases your blood pressure.

Diuretics, such as Bendroflumethiazide, may be prescribed alongside another blood pressure lowering medication.


How Do I Take Bendroflumethiazide?

Your doctor will determine what dose you should be taking. This takes into account your reasons for taking it, your age and how well your kidneys work. Your dose may be lower if you are over 65 or have kidney problems.

Bendroflumethiazide is usually taken once a day in the morning. If you are prescribed it twice a day, is it best to take it once in the morning and once around midday.

You should try to take Bendroflumethiazide around the same time each day. If you have trouble remembering when to take medication, set a reminder on your phone.

Some people may only need to take Bendroflumethiazide two or three times a week. It should still be taken around the same time on the days you take it.

It is not advisable to take Bendroflumethiazide after 4pm or at night as you will likely disturb your sleep by causing you to wake up needing to use the toilet.

Bendroflumethiazide can be taken with or without food. Swallow tablets whole with a glass of water.

You should always take Bendroflumethiazide as prescribed by your doctor. If you are unsure how you should be taking Bendroflumethiazide, ask your doctor.

Your doctor may recommend taking Bendroflumethiazide alongside a healthy diet in order to efficiently lower your blood pressure.


Side effects and cautions

Like all medications, Bendroflumethiazide can cause side effects and may not be suitable for some individuals. Before you take Bendroflumethiazide, it is important to familiarise yourself with the information displayed in the patient information leaflet which comes enclosed with your medicine.

You can also view the leaflet online here.

Common side effects:

  • Dry mouth
  • Increase thirst
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach pain
  • Diarrhoea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Constipation
  • Joint pain
  • Dizziness

This is not an exhaustive list of side effects. Further information regarding the safety of Bendroflumethiazide, as well as a complete list of side effects, can be found within the leaflet enclosed with your treatment.

If you experience any side effects, regardless of whether they are listed above or in the patient information leaflet supplied with your medicine, raise it with your doctor or speak to a pharmacist.

Important: During your course of treatment with Bendroflumethiazide, it is important to keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day.

Allergies

Do not take Bendroflumethiazide if you are allergic to bendroflumethiazide or any of the other ingredients listed on the packaging or the patient information leaflet.

Bendroflumethiazide tablets contain lactose. Speak to your doctor before taking it if you are lactose intolerant.

If you experience an allergic reaction after taking Bendroflumethiazide, inform your doctor straight way. For cases of severe allergic reaction, such as suspected anaphylaxis, stop taking the medicine and seek immediate emergency medical attention by going straight to your nearest A&E department.

Signs of an allergic reaction include:

  • Chest tightening
  • Dry, red and cracked skin
  • Itchy, red watery eyes
  • Raised, itchy, red rash (hives)
  • Swelling of the lips, tongue, eyes or face
  • Tummy pain, nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea
  • Wheezing

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

Do not take Bendroflumethiazide if you are pregnant, think you might be pregnant or breastfeeding. Speak to your doctor or a pharmacist for more information.

If you become pregnant while taking Bendroflumethiazide, inform your doctor as soon as possible.

Other safety information

Always seek your doctor's advice before you buy Bendroflumethiazide online from Prescription Doctor.

It is important to inform our prescriber of all the medicines you are currently taking, including those bought-over-the-counter, prescribed by your doctor, as well as health and herbal supplements. This is to ensure our doctor can safely prescribe Bendroflumethiazide for you.

Do not take Bendroflumethiazide past the expiry date printed on the packaging. The date refers to the last day of the specified month.

Never throw away medicine via household or water waste. Take unwanted or expired medicine to your local pharmacy and ask them to dispose of it appropriately on your behalf.

Always keep medicine out of sight and reach from children and pets.

Never share your medicine with anybody else, even if they are experiencing the same symptoms or suffering from the same condition as you.


Getting the most out of treatment

Taking medication isn't the only way you can manage your high blood pressure. There are other changes you can make to your lifestyle in order to lower your blood pressure and improve your overall health.

First and foremost, it is important to eat a healthy low-fat diet. Aim to eat 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day. Avoid eating more than 6g of salt per day.

Reduce your caffeine intake. Caffeine is usually consumed in beverages such as tea, coffee, cola and energy drinks. Make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day.

Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol can increase your blood pressure over time, so it's a good idea to limit your alcohol consumption. Avoid drinking more than 14 units of alcohol per week. Alcoholic drinks are also high in calories and can contribute to weight gain.

Living an active lifestyle can help you manage your blood pressure. Even small changes can have a marked improvement in your overall health. Try walking more throughout the day by taking the stairs instead of the lift, walking or cycling to the shop, or getting off the bus a stop earlier and walking the rest of the way. Start with small exercises like walking or light jogging and build up to running or cycling.

If you are a smoker, quitting smoking can help you manage your blood pressure and reduce your risk of complications associated with high blood pressure, such as a heart attack or stroke.

Speak to your doctor for advice on managing high blood pressure. Your doctor can provide tailored advice, refer you to specialists or provide an action plan for you to follow in order to manage your condition.


Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do if I forget to take Bendroflumethiazide when I should?

If you forget to take Bendroflumethiazide when you should, take it as soon as you remember unless it is after 4pm. If this is the case, leave out the missed dose and take your next dose at your usual time.

Do not take more of the medicine to make up for the dose you missed.

If you regularly forget to take you dose, you should set an alarm to remind yourself.

What should I do if I take too much Bendroflumethiazide?

If you take too much Bendroflumethiazide and feel unwell, it is important to go to A&E as soon as possible.

Do not drive yourself. Get someone to drive you there. Take your medication packaging and any leftover tablets with you so doctors know exactly what you took.

Can I drink alcohol while taking Bendroflumethiazide?

Drinking alcohol can affect your blood pressure which, when combined with blood pressure lowering medication, can make you feel dizzy. It is advisable to avoid alcohol altogether when first taking Bendroflumethiazide, or after increasing a dose, in order to determine how the medication affects you.

If you find that the medication does not cause you to feel dizzy or nauseated, you can drink alcohol in moderation (no more than 14 units of alcohol per week). However, excessive alcohol consumption, about the recommended limit, could raise your blood pressure and cause you to feel dizzy or cause dehydration.

Will Bendroflumethiazide impact my ability to drive or operate machinery?

Bendroflumethiazide may cause you to feel dizzy. If this is the case for you, do not drive, ride a bike, use tools or operate heavy machinery until you feel that it is safe for you to do so.

It is important to determine how your medicine will affect you before engaging in activities which require your undivided attention.

How long does Bendroflumethiazide take to work?

Bendroflumethiazide typically takes 2 hours to start working. Your kidneys will create more pee within 3 to 6 hours after taking Bendroflumethiazide.

How long does Bendroflumethiazide stay in the body?

The effects of Bendroflumethiazide usually last up to 24 hours.

What happens if you stop taking Bendroflumethiazide?

You should not stop taking this medicine without first speaking to your doctor. If you stop taking Bendroflumethiazide, it is likely your blood pressure will remain high.

Why is Bendroflumethiazide taken in the morning?

Taking Bendroflumethiazide or other diuretics during the evening may disturb your sleep by making you need the toilet while you are asleep.

Will Bendroflumethiazide affect my contraception?

Bendroflumethiazide should not affect contraceptive pills, including the morning after pill. However, your doctor may recommend against the use of hormonal contraceptives if your blood pressure is high. For advice and information, speak to your doctor.


Where Can I Buy Bendroflumethiazide online?

You can buy Bendroflumethiazide online from Prescription Doctor following an online consultation with our registered prescriber.

Prescription Doctor is a UK registered online pharmacy that offers a discreet and private service to help make purchasing your prescription simple.

As well as Bendroflumethiazide, Prescription Doctor stocks a number of blood pressure lowering treatments including:

  • Amias
  • Amlodipine
  • Enalapril
  • Lisinopril
  • Losartan
  • Ramipril

Always read the accompanying leaflet before taking any medication.


References

NHS, 2018. Bendroflumethiazide

Accord, 2020. Bendroflumethiazide: Summary of Product Characteristics

Treatment information

  • Product Name: Bendroflumethiazide
  • Manufacturer: Accord
  • Active Ingredient(s): Bendroflumethiazide
  • Administration: Oral
  • Presentation: Tablet
  • Available Strength: 2.5mg, 5mg
  • Exemption: Prescription-only
  • Dosage: Take 1 tablet daily
  • Description: Bendroflumethiazide is a diuretic medicine used in the treatment of high blood pressure.
  • Drug Class: Diuretic
  • Alcohol Consumption: Avoid or limit alcohol consumption.
  • When Pregnant: Do not take if you are pregnant or think you might be pregnant. Speak to your doctor for further advice.
  • When Breastfeeding: Do not take while breastfeeding. Speak to your doctor for further advice.
Click here to view the Bendroflumethiazide - Patient Information Leaflet

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