Q. Can I feel dizzy after taking Omnitan?
Yes, the use of Omnitan can make you feel dizzy. This may occur when you suddenly get up from lying or sitting position. To lower the chance of feeling dizzy or passing out, rise slowly if you have been sitting or lying down.
Q. Is Omnitan a good blood pressure medicine?
Omnitan is used by many people for lowering blood pressure. This medicine generally has very few side effects. In addition to lowering blood pressure, it also protects kidney function in high blood pressure patients having diabetes and impaired kidney function (diabetic nephropathy). It is also used to treat chronic heart failure when treatment with other medicines fails to prove effective. It also decreases the risk of stroke in patients who are hypertensive and have thicker left ventricle (heart chamber).
Q. What are some of the lifestyle changes I should make while using Omnitan?
Making lifestyle changes while taking Omnitan can boost your health. Avoid smoking, as smoking increases your risk of having heart attack and stroke. If you are overweight or obese, try to lose weight. You should maintain a healthy diet by including fruits and vegetable in your meals. Regular exercise can make your heart strong and reduce the risk of heart attack.
Q. For how long do I need to take Omnitan?
You may have to take Omnitan for a long term maybe even life long. Omnitan controls blood pressure but does not cure it. Talk to your doctor in case you have any concerns regarding Omnitan, but do not stop taking it without consulting the doctor.
Q. Does Omnitan cause weight gain?
No, Omnitan does not cause weight gain. However, if your kidney function deteriorates, then your body may swell due to accumulation of water, causing weight gain. Call your doctor if you experience unexplained weight gain or swelling in your feet, ankles or hands.
Q. What are the long-term side effects of Omnitan?
Long-term use of Omnitan is generally considered to be safe. However, in some cases, long-term use of Omnitan may adversely affect the functioning of the kidneys. Therefore, to keep a track of how well the kidneys are working, the doctor may prescribe regular blood tests.
Q. Is Omnitan hard on the kidneys?
Omnitan may impair kidney function in patients having severe heart failure, chronic kidney disease or narrow or blocked blood vessels that lead to the kidneys (renal artery stenosis). Its use may affect the kidney function in patients who have experienced severe fluid loss or dehydration due to vomiting, diarrhea or excessive use of diuretics. Therefore, Omnitan should be used cautiously in these patients and their kidney function should be regularly monitored.
Q. How long does Omnitan take to work?
The blood pressure lowering effect of Omnitan can be seen after about 6 hours of taking it and is maintained for 24 hours. You may take about 3-6 weeks to see the full benefits of this medicine.
Q. When and how should Omnitan be taken?
Take Omnitan exactly as per your doctor’s advice. Omnitan tablets are meant for oral intake. Swallow the tablet with water. You can take it with or without food. The dose will depend on the condition you are being treated for. It is recommended that you take your first dose before bedtime, as it can make you dizzy. After taking the first dose, you can take it at any time of the day but try to take it at the same time each day.
Q. What is the most important information that I need to know about Omnitan?
Taking Omnitan during the last 6 months of pregnancy can cause serious harm or even death of the unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Do not take Omnitan if you are pregnant. If you become pregnant while taking Omnitan, stop taking Omnitan and call your doctor immediately.