Chlorothalidone review

Chlorothalidone is a prescribed thiazide diuretic, more commonly known as a water pill, used to cure fluid retention (edema) caused by the bodys absorption of salt. It transfers excess water and salt into the urine through the kidneys. It is used in the treatment or control of hypertension, heart illness, kidney disorders, and side effects from taking steroids or estrogen. Its more popular brand names include Clorpres, Thaliton, and Hygroton.

It is essential that people who are unable to urinate not take this medication, as there may be severe side effects. It is also important to inform your doctor if you have asthma, kidney or liver illness, diabetes, renal dysfunction, lupus, or allergies to sulfa medications. Failure to do so may result in severe allergic reactions, sensitivity reactions, worst-case scenario, hepatic coma.

Studies have shown no adverse effects on unborn babies; however, breastfeeding women should tell their doctors first before taking Clorthalidone.

An orally ingested medication, Chlorothalidone is usually taken one or two times a day. If your physician prescribes otherwise, you should follow what they give you strictly. It should not be taken on an empty stomach, which may result in acute discomfort. If a dosage is missed, take it as soon as you remember, but do not take more than the prescribed amount at one time to compensate. In case of accidental overdosage, immediately seek medical attention. Symptoms include vomiting, nausea, muscle pain, and excessive weakness.

Sleep-inducing medicines, such as muscle relaxants, cough medicine, and sleeping pills should be avoided while taking Chlorothalidone, as these may exacerbate some of the side effects. If these medications must be taken, inform your doctor in advance to take extra precautions. When taking Chlorothalidone, make sure to avoid drinking alcohol as well - it can also worsen the potential side effects of the medication. Chlorothalidone also makes skin more sensitive to UV rays, so avoid being under the sun too much or using any tanning beds. Chlorothalidone makes the body get rid of water more quickly, so be certain to stay well hydrated through out the day.

While doctors often prescribe special diets to patients taking the medication, these are generally low in salt and sodium and high in potassium, all of which compensate for the body's rapid water disposal.

The primary - and certainly the most expected - side effect of taking Chlorothalidone is a significant increase in urination, although after a few weeks, this should also subside. Dizziness, muscle cramps, nausea, an upset stomach, vomiting, weakness, and baldness are all potential side effects, but these are often very minimal. To be safe, immediately inform your physician if they become quite severe. In case of numbness, bruising, excessive bleeding, difficulty breathing, or fever, approach your doctor right away and have yourself checked.

Have regular blood and urine tests with your physician to make sure there are no adverse long-term effects. The medication must be stored at room temperature in a dry location. Once past the expiration date, get rid of it immediately.

Chlorothalidone has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of chlorothalidone

• Molecular formula of chlorothalidone is C14H11ClN2O4S
• Chemical IUPAC Name is 2-chloro-5-(1-hydroxy-3-oxo-1,2-dihydroisoindol-1-yl)-benzenesulfonamide
• Molecular weight is 338.767 g/mol
Chlorothalidone available : 25mg tablets, 50mg tablets, 100mg tablets

Generic name: Chlorthalidone

Brand name(s): Chlorphthalidolone, Chlorphthalidone, Chlorthalidon, Clodronic Acid, Higroton, Hygroton, Igroton, Isoren, Natriuran, Oradil, Phthalamodine, Phthalamudine, Renon, Saluretin, Tenoretic, Thalitone, Zambesil

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