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Thalitone
(chlorthalidone)

Edecrin
(ethacrynic acid)

Lowers blood pressure. Removes extra water from your body. Thalitone (chlorthalidone) is a well-tolerated water pill that's increasingly used to treat high blood pressure.Coming soon.
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How it works
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Thalitone (chlorthalidone) is a thiazide-like diuretic (water pill) that makes you urinate more. It works in the kidneys to remove extra water and certain electrolytes, while lowering blood pressure and reducing swelling.Coming soon.
Type of medication
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Prescription only
Available as
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  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for
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  • Edema
Risk factors for serious side effects
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  • History of gout
  • History of diabetes
  • History of kidney disease
  • History of acute kidney failure
  • History of azotemia
Detailed Thalitone (chlorthalidone) risks & warnings »
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    Pregnancy

    Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

    Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

    Kidneys and liver
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    • Thalitone (chlorthalidone) works on the kidneys to help increase the amount of fluids removed from the body. This also causes a loss of electrolytes. Your doctor will perform routine blood tests to monitor your electrolyte levels.
    • Thalitone (chlorthalidone) can increase the kidney's retention of uric acid, which can increase your risk of gouty attacks. Let your doctor know if you have a history of gout.
    • Thalitone (chlorthalidone) works on the kidneys. For people with a history of kidney problems, this can put more pressure on your kidneys and make it harder for them to work. Let your doctor know if you have a history of kidney disease.
    • Requires routine blood tests to check your kidney function.
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    Upsides and benefits
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    • Does a good job getting rid of extra fluids in your body by making you urinate more.
    • A good blood pressure treatment for people who haven't responded well to other thiazide diuretics. Works especially well for people of African descent.
    • Lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke.
    • Good option if you have high blood pressure and heart failure.
    • Can be good for patients with osteoporosis since it raises the body's level of calcium.
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    Downsides and risks
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    • Makes you urinate more often.
    • Doesn't work well in people with severe kidney problems.
    • Since Thalitone (chlorthalidone) works longer in the body than other thiazide diuretics, it has a higher chance of causing electrolyte changes.
    • Thalitone (chlorthalidone) can lead to more gouty attacks in people with gout.
    • Don't use this if you have a sulfa allergy.
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    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
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    • Take Thalitone (chlorthalidone) in the morning with a meal. It starts working in two hours, so don't take it at night; otherwise you'll go to the bathroom more overnight.
    • Can cause dizziness in the first few days.
    • Check your blood pressure 1 week after starting this medicine, and tell your doctor if it hasn't improved.
    • Tell your doctor about any dizziness, tiredness, or muscle weakness that doesn't go away.
    • Requires routine blood tests to check your kidney function.
    • Your skin will be more sensitive to the sun while taking this, so don't forget to use sunscreen.
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