Common Name: metolazone
How does Zaroxolyn work?Metolazone belongs to the class of medications called diuretics. It is used to treat blood pressure and to remove excessive water (edema) that occurs in such conditions as congestive heart failure and some forms of kidney disease. Your doctor may choose to use a medication for conditions other than the ones listed in these drug information articles. If you're unsure why you are taking this medication, contact your doctor.
How should I use Zaroxolyn?The recommended dose of metolazone ranges from 2.5 mg to 20 mg daily depending on the condition being treated and the circumstances of the person using the medication. For treatment of high blood pressure, the usual dose is 2.5 mg to 5 mg once daily. It may take from four days to six weeks for metolazone to affect the blood pressure. Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones above, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor. It is very important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you forget a dose of this medication, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and carry on with your regular schedule. Do not double-up on doses.
What form(s) does Zaroxolyn come in?Tablet
What should I NOT take with Zaroxolyn?This medication should not be taken by anyone who: is allergic to metolazone or any of the ingredients of the medication is unable to expel urine is in hepatic coma or pre-coma
Are there any other precautions or warnings for Zaroxolyn?Diabetes: Metolazone may cause blood sugar levels to rise. People with diabetes should monitor their blood glucose more frequently when first starting this medication or changing doses. Electrolytes: Metolazone may cause imbalances of electrolytes in the blood such as potassium, sodium, and magnesium. The signs of electrolyte imbalance include: dry mouth thirst weakness lethargy drowsiness restlessness muscle pains or cramps muscle fatigue low blood pressure reduced urine output racing heart rate stomach disturbances such as nausea and vomiting. Gout: High blood uric acid levels may be brought on by metolazone. This may result in a gout attack for people with a history of gout. Kidney and liver function: This medication should be used with caution by people with reduced kidney or liver function. Pregnancy: The use of metolazone by women who may become pregnant requires that the potential benefits of the medication be weighed against the possible risks. Breast-feeding: Metolazone appears in breast milk. Thus, it is possible that the effects of metolazone may occur in a breast-feeding infant. If the use of metolazone is deemed essential for a nursing mother, she should stop breast-feeding.