Basic Information On Zaroxolyn
Zaroxolyn is an oral diuretic used to treat high blood pressure and fluid retention (edema). High blood pressure can cause strokes, kidney problems and heart attacks. The Zaroxolyn drug blocks salt and fluid retention in the kidneys and increases the amount of water and salt removed from the blood by the kidneys. Thus, it decreases water and salt reabsorbed into the blood stream from the kidneys. It increases urine volume and decreases blood volume. This lowers blood pressure and stops excess fluid accumulation in heart failure. It is also called the ‘water pill”. It is chemically related to thiazide class of diuretics and works similarly. It also reduces swelling/fluid retention caused by congestive heart failure or kidney disease like nephrotic syndrome.
Precautions / Side Effects Of Zaroxolyn
Zaroxolyn contains Metolazone. It can cause minor side effects like abdominal bloating and pain, headaches, nausea, vomiting, blurred vision, insomnia, vertigo (a spinning sensation), joint pains and dry mouth. In rare cases, brand or generic Zaroxolyn may cause more severe side effects like dizziness, low blood pressure, high blood sugar, lethargy, irregular heartbeats, gout, muscle cramps, depression, rapid heart rate and yellowing of skin.
Metolazone is excreted by the renal route. Therefore, it should be given carefully to patients with renal impairment as it may cause accumulation. You should avoid alcohol as it may aggravate side effects like hypotension. Your serum electrolyte should be measured at regular intervals to check for fluid or electrolyte imbalance, such as: hypochloremic alkalosis, hyponatremia, and hypokalemia. The risk of hypokalemia increases in case of high dosage, liver diseases, or rapid diuresis. A low salt diet and hot weather may produce a low salt syndrome. Use of brand or generic Zaroxolyn necessitates serum and urine electrolyte measurement particularly if you have protracted vomiting, severe diarrhea, or if you are receiving parenteral fluids.
The recommended Zaroxolyn dosage for treating fluid retention is 5 mg to 20 mg, depending on the severity of the condition. It is usually taken once daily but some patients may not need a daily dose. For treating high blood pressure, 2.5 mg to 5 mg of Zaroxolyn is given daily. The dosage may be changed according to body’s response to the drug or side effects exhibited. Each change in dosage takes many weeks to show its therapeutic efficacy. The dosage basically depends on the disease being treated, other drugs taken by the patient and body’s response to this medicine. The medicine is taken orally, with or without food.
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