chlorthalidone, Thalitone (Hygroton discontinued brand in USA)

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GENERIC NAME: chlorthalidone

BRAND NAME: Hygroton (Discontinued Brand in USA), Thalitone

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Chlorthalidone is a diuretic (water pill). It works by reducing the kidneys' ability to hold on to salt and water and increasing the kidneys' production of urine (diuresis). It is used to eliminate excess salt and water from the body and to treat high blood pressure. Chlorthalidone is closely related chemically to hydrochlorothiazide. (Both are "thiazide" diuretics.). It was approved by the FDA in 1960.



PREPARATIONS: Tablets: 15, 25, 50, and 100 mg.

STORAGE: Tablets should be stored at room temperature, 15-30 C (59-86 F).

PRESCRIBED FOR: Chlorthalidone is used in the treatment of high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, and edema (fluid retention).

DOSING: The optimal dose of chlorthalidone varies greatly from patient to patient.

For high blood pressure the recommended dose range is 25 to 100 mg daily. Most patients receive 12.5 to 25 mg daily.

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