Diuril is approved to control hypertension and edema related to certain medical conditions. As a diuretic, it works by increasing the amount of salt and water the kidneys remove from the blood. The medication comes in tablet and oral suspension form, and is usually taken once or twice a day. Possible side effects include weakness, dizziness, and nausea.
Diuril® (chlorothiazide) is a prescription medicine used for high blood pressure and fluid retention. It is part of a class of drugs known as diuretics.
Diuril was originally made by Merck, although it is no longer being made. Generic Diuril is made by various manufacturers.
Specific uses of Diuril include the treatment of:
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Water retention (edema) due to several causes, including congestive heart failure, cirrhosis, kidney failure (renal failure), and certain medications.
Diuril is a diuretic, which is commonly referred to as a "water pill." It works by increasing the amount of salt and water the kidneys remove from the blood. This extra salt and water is passed out through urine. By increasing the amount of water removed from the blood, Diuril causes a decrease in blood volume. Because of this effect, the drug can lower blood pressure and help with water retention.