Generic Medicine Info
Indications and Dosage
Adult: Initially, 12.5 or 25 mg daily given alone or w/ other antihypertensive; may increase to 50 mg daily if necessary.
Elderly: Initially, 6.25-12.5 mg once daily or on alternate days. Max: 25 mg daily.
Child: Initially, 0.5-1 mg/kg 48 hrly. Max: 1.7 mg/kg 48 hrly.

Diabetes insipidus
Adult: Initially, 100 mg bid. Maintenance: 50 mg daily.
Child: Initially, 0.5-1 mg/kg 48 hrly. Max: 1.7 mg/kg 48 hrly.

Oedema, Oedema associated with heart failure
Adult: Initially, 25-50 mg daily given alone or w/ digitalis, ACE inhibitor, or both; may increase to 100-200 mg daily in severe cases. Maintenance: 25-50 mg daily or on alternate days.
Child: Initially, 0.5-1 mg/kg 48 hrly. Max: 1.7 mg/kg 48 hrly.
Renal Impairment
CrCl (mL/min) Dosage
<30 Contraindicated.
Hepatic Impairment
Severe: Contraindicated.
Should be taken with food.
Hypersensitivity to chlortalidone and other sulfonamide derivatives. Anuria, symptomatic hyperuricaemia (i.e. history of gout or uric acid calculi); refractory hypokalaemia, hyponatraemia, and hypercalcaemia; adrenal insufficiency (e.g. Addison’s disease), HTN during pregnancy. Severe hepatic or renal (CrCl <30 mL/min) impairment. Concomitant lithium therapy.
Special Precautions
Patient w/ DM, moderate-high cholesterol level, SLE, history of allergy or bronchial asthma. Patient undergoing surgery. Childn, elderly. Hepatic (e.g. cirrhosis) or renal (e.g. nephrotic syndrome) impairment. Pregnancy and lactation.
Adverse Reactions
Significant: Hypersensitivity, hypokalaemia, hyperlipidaemia, hyperuricaemia, hyponatraemia, hypomagnesaemia, hypochloremic alkalosis, hyperglycaemia, gout, photosensitivity. Rarely, hypercalcaemia.
Nervous: Dizziness, vertigo.
CV: Postural hypotension.
GI: Mild GI disturbance, loss of appetite.
Genitourinary: Erectile dysfunction.
Dermatologic: Rash, urticaria.
Others: Weakness.
Patient Counseling Information
This drug can cause dizziness, if affected, do not drive or operate machinery. Avoid long-term sun exposure.
Monitoring Parameters
Monitor BP, serum electrolytes, renal function, wt, and intake/output records (daily to determine fluid loss).
Symptoms: Dizziness, nausea, somnolence, hypovolaemia, hypotension, electrolyte disturbance, cardiac arrhythmia, muscle spasm. Management: Employ gastric lavage or activated charcoal, or induce emesis. Monitor BP, fluid, and electrolytes w/ appropriate corrective measures taken. Admin of IV fluid, electrolyte replacement, and artificial plasma supplementation may be beneficial.
Drug Interactions
Increased hypokalaemic effect w/ corticosteroids, amphotericin, carbenoxolone, ACTH, and β2-agonists. Reduced diuretic and antihypertensive effects w/ NSAIDs (e.g. indometacin). May increase the effects of antihypertensive agents and curare derivatives. May reduce therapeutic effects of insulin, oral antidiabetic agents, and oral anticoagulants. May induce cardiac arrhythmia w/ digitalis. May increase risk of hyperuricaemia and gout-type complications w/ ciclosporin.
Potentially Fatal: May cause rapid increase in serum lithium levels, leading to toxicity.
Lab Interference
May increase the para amino benzoic acid (PABA) percentage during bentiromide test.
Mechanism of Action: Chlortalidone, a phthalimidine derivative of benzenesulfonamide, has actions similar to thiazide diuretics even though it does not contain a thiazide ring system. It inhibits Na and Cl reabsorption in the cortical-diluting segment of the ascending loop of Henle, thereby leading to increased secretion and excretion of K and hydrogen ions. Additionally, it promotes Ca reabsorption.
Onset: Approx 2.6 hr.
Duration: 48-72 hr.
Absorption: Erratically absorbed from the GI tract. Bioavailability: Approx 64%. Time to peak plasma concentration: 8-12 hr.
Distribution: Extensively distributed in erythrocytes. Crosses the placenta and enters breast milk. Plasma protein binding: Approx 75%, 58% to albumin.
Metabolism: Metabolised in the liver.
Excretion: Via urine (approx 70%, mainly as unchanged drug). Elimination half-life: 40-60 hr.
Chemical Structure

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Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information. PubChem Database. Chlorthalidone, CID=2732, (accessed on Jan. 21, 2020)

Store between 20-25°C. Protect from light and moisture.
MIMS Class
ATC Classification
C03BA04 - chlortalidone ; Belongs to the class of low-ceiling sulfonamide diuretics.
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