Chlorthalidone is a medication classified as a diuretic. This medication works by controlling and eliminating excess salt and water from the blood. It helps the kidneys eliminate unwanted salt and water retained by the body. The body does sometimes retain water and salts due to certain conditions such as heart diseases. It comes in the form of a tablet which is taken orally.
Chlorthalidone is a drug used in the treatment of hypertension. It belongs to the diuretic class of drugs, meaning it helps the body to eliminate fluid from the body. Chlorthalidone may also be used for other purposes not listed in this guide, at the discretion of the prescriber.
As a diuretic, chlorthalidone may also be used in the treatment of edema, or swelling. This is because swelling is caused by fluid build-up, meaning a loss of fluid - as a result of diuresis - can help to reduce this swelling.
Chlorthalidone is associated with its own range of potential side effects. Among these include dizziness, confusion, nausea, muscle spasms, and sexual difficulties.