I found out that I have Meniere's Disease and so the Dr. prescribed Maxcide and I am on a low sodium diet. He didn't say to only take it for a time. However, someone told me that you are only suppose to take water pills for 10 days. Also, that when you take it you don't get all the nutrients from your food. I haven't had any side effects accept last night I got light headed when I stood up. I have been taking it for about 2 1/2 weeks.