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Hydrochlorothiazide Capsules

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About this product.

Hydrochlorothiazide Capsules

  • Hydrochlorothiazide is a medication that helps the kidneys to remove excess water and salt from the body. It is mainly used in small animals to manage high blood pressure, heart failure, kidney or bladder stones containing calcium, and a rare disorder named nephrogenic diabetes insipidus. In horses, it may be used to treat a condition called hyperkalemic periodic paralysis (HYPP) as it helps in reducing potassium levels in blood.
  • Side effects of Hydrochlorothiazide that are common but not serious include increased frequency of urination, which can make the animal restless, and potential vomiting or diarrhea. It is important to allow the animal more opportunities to urinate, particularly when starting the medication or increasing the dosage.
  • Hydrochlorothiazide can be administered with or without food, but it’s important to provide access to fresh, clean water and to encourage normal food intake. If your animal vomits or becomes sick after taking the medication on an empty stomach, try giving the next dose with food or a small treat. If vomiting persists, contact your veterinarian.
  • As Hydrochlorothiazide can alter the electrolyte levels in the blood, your veterinarian may recommend more frequent blood tests while your animal is on this medication. It is important to not miss these scheduled follow-up visits.

Directions for administration.

  • Capsules and tablets may be coated with a small amount of gravy from wet food, olive oil or butter to promote easy passage into the pet’s stomach. You may also hide the pill or tablet in a small amount of food or inside of a Pill Pocket©.
  • A pill shooter, which is available for purchase upon request, is a device that allows pet owners to insert the pill or tablet into the back of the pet’s throat to promote swallowing.
  • If you are administering the capsule or tablet by hand, or with a pill shooter, ensure the capsule or tablet is placed on the back one-third of the pet’s tongue to stimulate the automatic swallowing reflex. Gently rubbing the nose or throat can help promote swallowing after the capsule or tablet has been placed.
  • After “pilling” is complete, it is a good idea to offer a treat or some other positive reinforcement to associate the pilling process with a positive reward.
  • If oral administration of a capsule or tablet is not possible for your pet, most medications can be formulated into an oral liquid and in some cases, a transdermal form. 

Medication storage.

  • Capsules and tablets should be kept in a sealed amber container to protect them from light. 
  • Capsules and tablets should be kept at a controlled room temperature.
  • Mini tabs can be stored in the refrigerator, which will make them firm and easier to cut into smaller pieces, if desired.
  • It is very important to know that storage requirements vary on a drug-by-drug basis. Please reference and follow the specific storage recommendations for each individual drug. These recommendations can be found on the prescription label or auxiliary label affixed to the prescription bottle.

How do I request a refill of my medication?

There are three ways to refill your prescription at Northwest Compounders:

  • Call the pharmacy at 503-352-3811 and press “0” to speak with any staff member. We will be happy to assist you with your refill request.
  • You may also call the pharmacy at 503-352-3811 and press “2” to leave a voicemail requesting a refill. We will call you when your order is complete to let you know that it is ready for pick up or that we are shipping it out (per patient preference).
  • Finally, you can request a refill online.

Can my order be shipped?

Northwest Compounders offers free shipping on every order. 

Can my order be shipped to me in a different state?

Northwest Compounders is currently licensed in and can ship medications to OR, WA, ID, ND, SD, WY, UT, CO, AZ, NM, MT and AK. Northwest Compounders has licenses pending approval in TX and CA and will be able to ship into these states soon.

How long will it take for my order to arrive?

Please allow a period of 1 to 3 business days from the time it was ordered for your medication to be delivered. Orders placed at 4:30pm or later may take up to 4 business days to arrive in rare circumstances.

I left my medication out of the fridge accidentally, is it still okay to use?

Most of our liquid medications are stored refrigerated for flavor purposes only. If your bottle is labeled with an auxiliary label that says “may refrigerate,” refrigeration is not required for stability. If your bottle is labeled with an auxiliary label that says “refrigerate,” it is best to call the pharmacy at 503-352-3811 to confirm stability after a period of unrefrigerated storage.

What is the proper way to dispose of unwanted medication?

  • Unwanted and unused drugs may be dropped at some police and sheriff stations.
  • Unwanted medications may also be brought to a hazardous waste facility or collection event in your area.
  • If you must dispose of the medication at home, the best way to do so is to fill a ziplock bag with kitty litter or coffee grounds and dump the medication into the ziplock bag. The ziplock bag containing the grounds/litter and medication can then be disposed of in your regular garbage.
  • If you have non-expired medication that you no longer need, you may be able to donate it to a veterinary clinic. It is best to check with the clinic beforehand to see if they are able to accept your donation. 

Is it possible to return an unused compounded medication for a refund?

Due to the custom-made nature of compounded medications, we are unable to accept returns and cannot offer refunds on medications once compounding has been performed.

How can we help you?

We’re here to answer any questions.

William Kenward, CPhT

project manager

Team member since 2015

Chris Gralian, CPhT

Quality Control Lead

Team member since 2019

Rose Hood, CPhT

Quality Control Lead

Team member since 2016

Matthew Peterson, CPhT

Quality Control Lead

Team member since 2016

Helen Dubintsov, CPhT

Quality Control Lead

Team member since 2016

Shannon Kimball, PharmD

Compounding Pharmacist

Doctor of Pharmacy, Pacific University 2022

B.S. Biohealth Science, Oregon State University 2019

Team member since 2018

Mark Liu, PharmD

Compounding Pharmacist

Doctor of Pharmacy, Oregon State University 2005

BA Biology, Reed College 1998

12 years of retail experience

Team member since January 2017

Jill Snyder, RPh

Compounding Pharmacist

B.S. Pharm. 1994 Oregon State University

5 years of retail pharmacy experience

17 years of long-term care experience

Certificate in Veterinary Pharmacy, 2016

Team member since May 2016

Scott Williams, RPh

Compounding Pharmacist

B.S. Pharm. 1992 Oregon State University

24 years of experience in Retail Pharmacy

Team member since November 2015

Certificates in CPR, Diabetes Management, Immunization, Cholesterol Management and Medication Therapy Management

Bob Templin, RPh

Director of Training

B.S. Pharm. 1976 Oregon State University

Certificate in Veterinary Pharmacy, 2019

Over 37 years of pharmacy experience

Over 33 years as a Pharmacy Manager

Team member since February 2013

Megan Gustafson, PharmD

Director of Training

Doctor of Pharmacy, Oregon State University 2021

B.S. Bio-Health Sciences, Oregon State University 2017

Team member since 2016

Sam Llona, PharmD

Director of Sterile Operations

Doctor of Pharmacy, Creighton University 2019

B.S. Biology, Santa Clara University

Certificate in Aseptic Compounding, PCCA 2014

Certificate in Human Compounding, PCCA, 2016

Certificate in Veterinary Compounding, PCCA, 2017

Team member since September 2019

Vivian Pham, PharmD

Senior Operations Manager,
Director of Accounting

Doctor of Pharmacy, Oregon State University 2016

Has worked as a technician, bookkeeper, pharmacy intern and now pharmacist for Northwest Compounders

Team member since May 2008

Jessie Vo, PharmD

Pharmacy Manager,
Director of Quality Assurance

Doctor of Pharmacy, Pacific University 2011

Preceptor for Pacific University SOP, Oregon State SOP

Team member since January 2006

Luke Eilers, PharmD

Chief Executive Officer

Doctor of Pharmacy, Pacific University 2014

B.S. General Science, Oregon State University 2011

Certificate in Veterinary Pharmacy, 2018

Certificate in Basic Compounding, PCCA 2014

Certificate in Aseptic Compounding, PCCA 2014

Preceptor for Pacific University SOP, Oregon State SOP

Team member since October 2005

Tom Eilers, RPh

Founder, Chairman

B.S. Pharm. 1976 Oregon State University

Founder, Northwest Compounders 2005

Member, International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists

Member, PCCA (Professional Compounding Centers of America)

Certificate in Basic Compounding Techniques, PCCA, 2001

Certificate in Aseptic Compounding, PCCA 2005

Preceptor for Pacific University SOP, Oregon State SOP, Washington State SOP

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