Pharmaceutical company Accord Healthcare issued a voluntary recall throughout the nation of a popular medication used for blood pressure regulation named hydrochlorothiazide. It was done after several products were found to have been mislabeled, said Food and Drug Administration. FDA issued a statement on Monday saying that instead of containing 100 12.5mg hydrochlorothiazide tablets, the bottles actually have in them 100 25mg spironolactone tablets which treats kidney, liver and heart failure. The healthcare company believes that the other lots of the same tablets are not involved with the mix-up. They learned about the situation after they were alerted by a pharmacy company. However this recall does not affect the sales of the same medicine by other companies.
The medicine that accidentally replaced the hydrochlorothiazide tablets, spironolactone is used in the treatment of edema or fluid retention in patients suffering from liver, heart or kidney ailments. It is also used for controlling high BP and increasing potassium level in the blood. Side effects that come along with the use of it include vomiting, mild nausea, dizziness, diarrhea, headaches, leg cramps and problems while getting an erection. The FDA warned that using spironolactone could lead to increase in level of potassium in blood in few patients that could result in life-threatening situations. Arrhythmia could be caused if the drug is taken in high doses.
The medicine is sold under brand names CaroSpir and Aldactone. Patients experiencing chest pain or racing heart have been advised to visit their doctors immediately although no reports of injuries have come in yet reports the FDA. The actual hydrochlorothiazide tablets have a peach-like or light orange color, are round in shape and have an H and a 1 printed on either side of them. A statement was issued saying that if a patient possesses tablets that do not resemble the aforementioned description, they should return those to the doctor or pharmacy from where the drug was issued.
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