Metolazone is commonly prescribed for the treatment of fluid retention and high blood pressure. By increasing the amount of salt and water the kidneys remove from the blood and decreasing blood volume, the medication can effectively control these conditions. Prior to taking metolazone, tell your healthcare provider about any medical conditions you have and any medications you are taking.
What Is Metolazone?Metolazone (Zaroxolyn®) is a prescription medicine that is used to treat high blood pressure and fluid retention. It is part of a class of medicines known as diuretics.
Specific uses for this medication include:
- Controlling high blood pressure (hypertension)
- Treating water retention (edema) due to congestive heart failure (CHF) or kidney problems.
Metolazone Side EffectsAs with any medicine, side effects are possible with metolazone. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
A few of the possible side effects include:
- Low blood pressure (hypotension)
- Vertigo (a spinning sensation)
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Drowsiness or fatigue
- Depression (see Metolazone and Depression)
- Dry mouth (see Metolazone and Dry Mouth)
- Impotence, also known as erectile dysfunction or ED (see Metolazone and Impotence)
- Sun sensitivity
(Click Side Effects of Metolazone to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)