A 83-year-old male asked:
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do diuretics used for cfh lead to thirst?

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Dr. Christopher Breen
8 years experience General Practice
Yes: Yes, thirst is one of the main side effects of using diuretics. Diuretics cause you to lost more water and salt through the urine. That water is coming from the blood, so in effect you are losing some blood volume. This is great for CHF but lower blood volume is one of the triggers for thirst.
Answered on Jun 10, 2014
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Dr. Liviu Klein
22 years experience Cardiology
No: The diuretics don't lead to thirst. Thirst is caused by vasopressin - a hormone that is activated in heart failure. Thirst often interferes with the recommendations of keeping fluid intake to less than 1.5 - 2 liters per day.
Answered on May 3, 2015
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