Quinapril and hydrochlorothiazide tablets USP 20 mg / 12.5mg recall is a medication used to treat hypertension and edema. The product was recalled due to the potential for serious side effects, including low blood pressure, fainting, and kidney problems. You must speak with your doctor about alternative treatment options if you have been taking this medication.
What is quinapril and hydrochlorothiazide?
Quinapril and hydrochlorothiazide are prescription medications used to treat high blood pressure. Quinapril and hydrochlorothiazide are also used to prevent kidney problems in people with diabetes.
The FDA (U.S. Food & Drug Administration) has announced a nationwide recall of quinapril and hydrochlorothiazide tablets due to the potential for serious side effects. The recall affected three lots of medication distributed between March 2017 and April 2018.
Patients taking quinapril and hydrochlorothiazide should contact their healthcare provider for further instructions.
Why are quinapril and hydrochlorothiazide being recalled?
Apotex Corp voluntarily recalls quinapril and hydrochlorothiazide tablets USP 20 mg/12.5 mg and 40 mg/25 mg to the consumer level. The products are being recalled due to the detection of N-nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA), a known animal and human carcinogen, in an Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) manufactured by Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals.
This precaution was taken after Zhejiang Huahai notified Apotex that one of its finished products tested positive for NDEA above the acceptable level. Although there has been no report of adverse events related to this recall to date, out of an abundance of caution, Apotex is taking this action.
Consumers are advised to contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems with taking or using these products. Patients should not stop taking their medication unless advised to do so by their physician or healthcare provider.
What are the potential side effects of taking quinapril and hydrochlorothiazide?
Quinapril and hydrochlorothiazide are two drugs that are often prescribed together to treat high blood pressure. The potential side effects of taking these two drugs together include:
-Muscle cramps or weakness
-Tiredness or fatigue
Contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of these side effects while taking quinapril and hydrochlorothiazide.
Who is at risk for experiencing side effects?
Patients taking quinapril and hydrochlorothiazide tablets USP 20 mg/12.5 mg or 40 mg/25 mg may be at risk of experiencing side effects. The most common side effects reported with quinapril and hydrochlorothiazide tablets USP include headache, dizziness, cough, fatigue, diarrhea, and nausea. These side effects usually go away after a few days of taking the medication. However, if you experience any of these side effects persistently or if they worsen, you should contact your healthcare provider.
What should you do if you have quinapril and hydrochlorothiazide tablets?
If you have quinapril and hydrochlorothiazide tablets, you should immediately discontinue and contact your healthcare provider. There is a potential for serious health consequences if these products are used.