what is a small blue octagon pill with LL on one side and B81 on the other

Not Medical Advice: The closest match is a small blue pill shaped like a hexagon (six-sided) and imprinted with B01 on one side and LL on the other, which is hydrochlorothiazide and lisinopril 12.5mg / 10mg. It marketed under the brand names Prinzide and Zestoretic.

Hydrochlorothiazide and lisinopril is an antihypertensive medication used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure. Hydrochlorothiazide is a water pill (thiazide diuretic) that prevents one's body from absorbing too much salt, and lisinopril is an ACE inhibitor (angiotensin converting enzyme), which lowers blood pressure and also works to relieve fluid retention symptoms.

Anyone allergic to other ACE inhibitors should not take this medication. You should consult your doctor before taking this drug if you have congestive heart failure, diabetes, gout, glaucoma, kidney disease (or on dialysis), liver disease, lupus, or allergies to penicillin or sulfa drugs.

Common side effects of hydrochlorothiazide and lisinopril include blurred vision, constipation, cough, depression, diarrhea, dizziness, fatigue, headache, increased sweating, mild skin rash, or upset stomach. Consult your physician if you experience any of these common side effects on a persistent basis.

Results publicized in September 2012 from a study done of approximately 300,000 women and men at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston showed that use of blood pressure medications such as ARBs and ACE inhibitors could increase the risk of appendicitis by as much as 63%.

Wednesday, October 10 2012