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A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
This combination product contains two active ingredients: cilazapril and hydrochlorothiazide. Cilazapril belongs to the class of medications called ACE inhibitors. It works by relaxing blood vessels and helping the heart to pump blood that carries oxygen to the different parts of the body more efficiently. Hydrochlorothiazide belongs to the class of medications called thiazide diuretics or water pills, which help control blood pressure by getting rid of excess salt and water. This medication is used to treat mild-to-moderate high blood pressure. This combination medication is prescribed when your doctor feels it is appropriate for you to be taking both medications. You should already be taking each medication individually before starting this combination medication. It may take up to 2 weeks to see the full effects of this medication.
The usual recommended dose of this medication is one tablet taken once a day, with or without food. The dose will depend on your response to the medication, and on your liver and kidney function. This medication should be taken at the same time each day, preferably in the morning. This combination medication is used to make dosing more convenient for people who are already taking both of these medications, cilazapril and hydrochlorothiazide, separately.
Cilazapril - hydrochlorothiazide should not be taken by anyone who: * is allergic to cilazapril, hydrochlorothiazide, or to any of the ingredients of the medication * is allergic to other medications belonging to the called ACE inhibitors (e.g., fosinopril, enalapril, ramipril, quinapril) * is allergic to sulfonamide medications (e.g., sulfamethoxazole) * is pregnant or breast-feeding * cannot pass urine * has had a history of angioedema (a serious allergic reaction that causes the area around the throat and tongue to swell) after taking an ACE inhibitor