What is HCTZ?

Canadian Cycling Magazine - - INNOCENT BUT... -

Hy­drochloroth­iazide, com­monly known as hctz, is a ther­a­peu­tic di­uretic that stim­u­lates the kid­neys and in­creases the amount of urine the body ex­cretes. It’s of­ten pre­scribed in pill form by physi­cians to treat fluid re­ten­tion in pa­tients with cir­rho­sis of the liver, kid­ney dis­or­ders and peo­ple with con­ges­tive heart fail­ure. It can also be used to treat high blood pres­sure. hctz is found on wada’s Pro­hib­ited List be­cause of its abil­ity to be used as a mask­ing agent to cover up the use of per­for­mance-en­hanc­ing sub­stances.

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