Thalitone

(chlorthalidone)

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Lowers blood pressure. Removes extra water from your body.

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Thalitone (chlorthalidone) is a well-tolerated water pill that's increasingly used to treat high blood pressure.

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Quick facts about chlorthalidone
  • Drug class: Cardiovascular
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (chlorthalidone)

Upsides

  • 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

  • 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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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.

Quick facts about chlorthalidone
  • Drug class: Cardiovascular
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (chlorthalidone)

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What to expect when you take Thalitone (chlorthalidone) for High blood pressure

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  • Possible side effects
  • Increased urination
  • Dizziness
  • Upset stomach
  • Low potassium levels
  • High blood sugar
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Risks and Warnings for Thalitone (chlorthalidone)

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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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

This medication treats edema (fluid retention) associated with congestive heart failure (CHF), hepatic (liver) cirrhosis, renal (kidney) dysfunction, and corticosteroid and estrogen therapy.

Who is this drug for?

This medication treats edema (fluid retention) associated with congestive heart failure (CHF), hepatic (liver) cirrhosis, renal (kidney) dysfunction, and corticosteroid and estrogen therapy.

Common concerns from people taking Thalitone (chlorthalidone)

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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.

Tip: Always talk with your doctor before you take any medication while pregnant.
FDA pregnancy category for chlorthalidone
BProbably safe
Kidneys and liver
  • 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.