Zaroxolyn is used for treating high blood pressure or water retention in adults. The medication works by increasing the amount of water and salt the kidneys remove from the blood, which decreases blood volume. Although Zaroxolyn cannot cure these conditions, it can decrease the risk of developing associated health problems, such as heart disease, strokes, and congestive heart failure.
Zaroxolyn Uses: An OverviewZaroxolyn® (metolazone) is a prescription medication that has been licensed to treat a couple of conditions. These specific Zaroxolyn uses include:
- Controlling high blood pressure (hypertension)
- Treating water retention (edema) caused by congestive heart failure (CHF) or kidney problems.
Zaroxolyn Uses for High Blood Pressure
A blood pressure reading consists of two numbers -- for example, 120/80. The top number is known as the systolic blood pressure, and the bottom number is the diastolic blood pressure. High blood pressure is defined as an average blood pressure higher than 140/90, with multiple blood pressure readings.
In clinical studies, Zaroxolyn has been shown to significantly lower both systolic and diastolic blood pressures. By lowering blood pressure, the medication can decrease the risk of developing health problems, such as a stroke, heart disease, or congestive heart failure, which can occur with long-term high blood pressure (see Effects of High Blood Pressure). However, Zaroxolyn is not a cure for the condition.