GENERIC NAME: chlorthalidone
BRAND NAME: Hygroton, Thalitone (both discontinued in U.S.A.)
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
SIDE EFFECTS: Chlorthalidone generally is well tolerated.
Side effects include:
More serious side effects include:
- Low blood levels of potassium, sodium, and magnesium due to increased excretion via urine.
- High blood calcium levels also can occur, especially in persons who are taking calcium supplements.
- Thiazide diuretics such as chlorthalidone increase the levels of uric acid in the blood, but gout (which is caused by high levels of uric acid) rarely occurs.
- Chlorthalidone can cause high blood sugars in patients with diabetes.
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