What is Zaroxolyn used for?
Zaroxolyn (Metolazone) is a water pill (thiazide diuretic) which helps to stop your body from absorbing too much salt which causes fluid retention.
Zaroxolyn is used in the treatment of fluid retention in those with congestive heart failure, or kidney disorders such as nephrotic syndrome. Zaroxolyn is also used in the treatment of hypertension (high blood pressure).
Frequently Asked Questions About Zaroxolyn
Zaroxolyn is only one part of high blood pressure treatment. Your treatment will also include weight control and changes to your diet (specifically, lowering your sodium or potassium intake). Your doctor will let you know what is necessary to your treatment. You should always talk with your doctor about changing your diet before making any changes.
Most patients with high blood pressure do not notice signs of the problem, and will usually feel normal. It is important to take your medication exactly as directed and that you keep your appointments with your doctor even if you feel well.
Zaroxolyn will not cure high blood pressure, but it helps to control it. You have to continue taking this medication if you expect to lower your blood pressure and keep it in the correct zone. You might be on high blood pressure medication for the rest of your life. If high blood pressure isn’t treated, it can lead to serious problems such as blood vessel disease, kidney disease, heart failure, or stroke.
Different brands of Zaroxolyn may work differently so ensure you use the brand your doctor has specified.
Drug interactions with Zaroxolyn may affect how one or both medications work or increase your risk of experiencing negative side effects.
The following drugs interact with Zaroxolyn:
This is not an exhaustive list of drugs that interact with Zaroxolyn. Give your doctor a list of prescription, non-prescription, and herbal products that you’re taking so that they can help you avoid negative interactions. If you have any questions regarding drug interactions you can call 1-844-416-4282 and request to speak with a licensed pharmacist for counselling.
Alongside the regular effects of Zaroxolyn you may experience negative side effects caused by the active ingredient metolazone. Learn which side effects to seek medical attention for and which will subside with time.
Check with your doctor immediately if you experience these side effects:
- Black, tarry stools
- Bleeding gums
- Blistering, peeling, or loosening of skin
- Blood in urine or stools
- Blurred vision
- Bone pain
- Chest pain
- Clay-colored stools
- Cold sweats
- Dark urine
- Decreased urine
- Dry mouth
- Flushed, dry skin
- Fruit-like breath odor
- General tiredness and weakness
- Incoherent speech
- Increased hunger
- Increased thirst
- Increased urination
- Joint or muscle pain
- Light-colored stools
- Loss of appetite
- Lower back or side pain
- Metallic taste
- Mood changes
- Muscle pain or cramps
- Nausea and vomiting
- Pain in lower legs
- Painful or difficult urination
- Pinpoint red spots on skin
- Red irritated eyes
- Redness or swelling of lower leg
- Shortness of breath
- Sugar in the urine
- Swelling of face, ankles, or hands
- Swollen or painful glands
- Tightness in chest
- Troubled breathing
- Unexplained weight loss
- Unpleasant breath odor
- Unusual bleeding or bruising
- Unusual tiredness or weakness
- Upper right abdominal pain
- Vomiting of blood
- Weak pulse
- Yellow eyes and skin
Get emergency help immediately if any of the following symptoms of overdose occur:
- Irregular, fast or slow, or shallow breathing
- Weakness and heaviness of legs
Some side effects occur that are temporary and will subside as your body adjusts to the medication. These side effects will usually go away during treatment.
Talk to your doctor if these effects become bothersome or you have questions about them:
- Blue-green to black skin discoloration
- Cracked, dry, or scaly skin
- Decreased interest in sexual intercourse
- Feeling of constant movement of self or surroundings
- Hives or welts
- Sensation of pins and needles
- Sensation of spinning
- Stabbing pain
You may experience side effects not listed here. If you do, check in with your health care professional.
DISCLAIMER: The following information is provided as a summary for purely informational purposes on Zaroxolyn. This is not to be used as a substitute for professional medical advice. You should always consult with your doctor if you have questions about your medical treatment or the medications you take as they have the best information about your medical condition. Do not ignore professional medical advice or postpone seeking it because of the information contained here. This summary does not contain all possible information about Zaroxolyn.