What is Zaroxolyn?
Zaroxolyn is a brand name prescription diuretic medication. It is used to treat high blood pressure and edema. Zaroxolyn works by helping the kidneys to remove fluid and salt from the body.
Zaroxolyn can help to treat high blood pressure by helping the kidneys to remove fluid and salt from the body. This can reduce the amount of work the heart has to do, and can help to prevent heart disease. Zaroxolyn can also help to treat edema, or swelling, by reducing the amount of fluid in the body. This can help to improve symptoms such as shortness of breath and fatigue.
What are the possible side effects of Zaroxolyn?
The most common side effects of Zaroxolyn include:
Less common side effects include:
-Low blood potassium levels
If you experience any of the following serious side effects, stop taking Zaroxolyn and seek medical help immediately:
-Signs of an allergic reaction, such as rash, hives, difficulty breathing, or swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat.
-Decreased urination or no urination.
-Confusion or change in mental status.
-Muscle cramps or weakness.
-Numbness or tingling in the hands, feet, or lips.
Dosage and Preparation
Zaroxolyn is available in tablet form and is usually taken once a day. The tablets should be taken with food or milk to reduce the risk of stomach upset. Zaroxolyn should be taken at the same time each day to maintain an even level of medication in the body.
If you miss a dose of Zaroxolyn, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses of Zaroxolyn at the same time.
Zaroxolyn can interact with other medications, herbs, or vitamins you might be taking. Be sure to talk to your healthcare provider about all the medications you are taking before starting Zaroxolyn.
Some medications that can interact with Zaroxolyn include:
-ACE inhibitors, such as lisinopril (Prinivil, Zestril) and captopril (Capoten)
-Angiotensin II receptor blockers, such as losartan (Cozaar) and valsartan (Diovan)
-Lithium (Eskalith, Lithobid)
Herbs and supplements that can interact with Zaroxolyn include:
Zaroxolyn can also interact with certain foods. Be sure to talk to your healthcare provider about all the foods and drinks you consume before starting Zaroxolyn.
Some foods that can interact with Zaroxolyn include:
-Salt substitutes that contain potassium, such as NoSalt and Nu salt
-Potassium-rich foods, such as bananas, oranges, tomatoes, and potatoes
Mechanism of Action
Zaroxolyn works by helping the kidneys to remove fluid and salt from the body. This can help to reduce the amount of work the heart has to do, and can help to prevent heart disease. Zaroxolyn can also help to treat edema, or swelling, by reducing the amount of fluid in the body. This can help to improve symptoms such as shortness of breath and fatigue.
Zaroxolyn is absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract and reaches peak concentrations in 1-3 hours. The half-life of Zaroxolyn is 6-9 hours. Zaroxolyn is eliminated by the kidneys.
How long does it take for Zaroxolyn to work?
The effects of Zaroxolyn can be seen within a few hours after taking the medication. However, it may take several days for the full effects of Zaroxolyn to be seen.
Long-term use of Zaroxolyn
Zaroxolyn is meant to be used as a short-term medication. It is not meant for long-term use. If you need to take Zaroxolyn for more than a few days, talk to your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of long-term use.