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Diuretic (Overview)

By strict definition, a diuretic is any medicine causing increased urination. More practically, a diuretic is a medicine causing the kidney to secrete excess fluid by blocking the re-absorption of either water itself or electrolytes like sodium (primarily), potassium, chloride and bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate). These medicines are effective treatments for many disorders including heart failure and hypertension.


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What are diuretic types of foods/fluids? (to be taken specially during pms)

What are diuretic types of foods/fluids? (to be taken specially during pms)

Various: There are a few compounds that have a diuretic effect but may not be useful for water retention pre-menstrually. Caffeine, for example, has a diuretic effect but also cases other side effects. There is an herbal supplement called uva ursi which may be more helpful. By staying hydrated, anything to stimulate urine output will be more effective. ...Read more

Diuretic (Overview)

By strict definition, a diuretic is any medicine causing increased urination. More practically, a diuretic is a medicine causing the kidney to secrete excess fluid by blocking the re-absorption of either water itself or electrolytes like sodium (primarily), potassium, chloride and bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate). These medicines are effective treatments for many disorders including heart failure and hypertension.


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What foods arnatural diuretics?

What foods arnatural diuretics?

Caffeine, alcohol: Any food with caffeine is a diuretic; also alcohol inhibits anti-diuretic hormone, which also results in increased urination. There is a reason that the bathrooms are usually by the bar! ...Read more

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What are common diuretics prescribed?

What are common diuretics prescribed?

In the US…: The two most commonly prescribed diuretics in the United States are Furosemide (lasix) and hydrochlorothiazide. Generally speaking, hydrochlorothiazide is used more for blood pressure control and Lasix (furosemide) is used more for treatment of congestive heart failure. Chlorthalidone, Bumetanide and torsemide also have important roles to play in my practice. ...Read more

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Do diuretics used for cfh lead to thirst?

Do diuretics used for cfh lead to thirst?

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. ...Read more

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What are the most effective diuretics?

What are the most effective diuretics?

Many: Commin ones are ladix, hctz, (hydrochlorothiazide) chlorthalidone, bumex. Effectiveness is measured by what you are trying to treat (htn vs edema). ...Read more

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How do water pills (diuretics) work to lower blood pressure?

How do water pills (diuretics) work to lower blood pressure?

Diuresis: They act on the tubular part of the microscopic nephron in the kidney which filters out water and prevents reabsorption of that water in various parts of the tubule. Then this return blood deprived of water again circulates through the skin releases a plasma and it is avid for water and sucks it back. ...Read more

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During 22 week pregnancy, whole body swelling, especially feet and hands, what to do? And is there any safe diuretics during preg?

During 22 week pregnancy, whole body swelling, especially feet and hands, what to do? And is there any safe diuretics during preg?

See your OB: Swelling of feet and hands can be normal or a sign of preeclampsia or eclampsia, please see your OB to check your urine for the presence of protein and to check and monitor your blood pressure. ...Read more

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Can I take lithium (bipolar disorder)+ diuretics (high blood pressure) together? Thanks in advance.

Can I take lithium (bipolar disorder)+ diuretics (high blood pressure) together? Thanks in advance.

Yes, but: It's tricky because most diuretics (HCTZ (hydrochlorothiazide) and furosemide) reduce lithium excretion and can lead to accumulation and toxicity. Levels should be closely monitored. ...Read more

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Which is the most safest, effective, popular, and least side effect class BP medicine used long terms: ccb, bb, diuretics, arb, ACE or other. Thanks.?

Which is the most safest, effective, popular, and least side effect class BP medicine used long terms: ccb, bb, diuretics, arb, ACE or other. Thanks.?

Cannot answer: That cannot be answered. All of these classes of anti-hypertensives have side effects. It all depends on your other co-morbidities, your other medications for all other conditions, response to individual classes of medications, and side effects you may display to a class of medication based on genetics. ...Read more

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Side effects of diuretics?

Side effects of diuretics?

Dehydration: The main function of diuretics is to increase the output of urine, thereby helping to manage high blood pressure. As a side effect of their chronic use, excess amounts of electrolytes can be lost in the urine leading to low levels of potassium, sodium, potassium. Calcium and magnesium levels can also be impaired. Some diuretics may cause the blood sugar to be elevated in diabetics. ...Read more

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Flushing toxins out of my system? Is diuretic or colonic best?

Neither: There is not evidence that either "treatment" works, and there have been many cases of people become sick, hospitalized, and even dead from any colonic and from inappropriate use of diuretics. Humans have a liver for capture of toxins - don't mess with your body that way. ...Read more

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Pred x 6mo. 40lb gain. Ate liquid diet half that time paleo diet (my norm) the rest. Not well enough to exercise. Off pred. Can't lose. Diuretic?

Pred x 6mo. 40lb gain. Ate liquid diet half that time paleo diet (my norm) the rest. Not well enough to exercise. Off pred. Can't lose. Diuretic?

Probably not: The weight gain may be just fluid but this should resolve when the prednisione stopped, you have gained fat weight. You will need a strict diet to lose this weight. ...Read more

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My 62 yo mom with CHF and a-fib is taking furosemide + amiloride combination as only diuretic. Is this recommended/are there better alternatives?

My 62 yo mom with CHF and a-fib is taking furosemide + amiloride combination as only diuretic. Is this recommended/are there better alternatives?

The standard: Furosemide is the standard against which any other diuretic is compared. Amiloride helps prevent the potassium loss associated with all diurectics. The combination is excellent. ...Read more

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Could too much diuretics explain light-headedness and mildly elevated heart rate?

Could too much diuretics explain light-headedness and mildly elevated heart rate?

Yes: Diuretic use can alter blood chemistry, specifically potassium levels that can alter the rhythm of the heart. See your doctor. ...Read more

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What are common diuretics prescribed?

In the US…: The two most commonly prescribed diuretics in the United States are Furosemide (lasix) and hydrochlorothiazide. Generally speaking, hydrochlorothiazide is used more for blood pressure control and Lasix (furosemide) is used more for treatment of congestive heart failure. Chlorthalidone, Bumetanide and torsemide also have important roles to play in my practice. ...Read more

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What types of diuretics are available?

Many: Diuretics all work on different parts on the nephron which is the basic building block of the kidney. You have thiazides, loop diiuretics, potasium sparing diuretics. They all work by increasing the amount of water exceeted in the urine usally by blocking reabsorbtion of sodium ir potaium. ...Read more

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What is the best diuretic?

What is the best diuretic?

The one that works:): Thiazide (HCTZ, Dyazide) are weak diuretics but a very good medicine to start treating Hypertension.
When stronger diuretics are needed, the choice is "loop" diuretics (furosemide, torsemide, bumetanide), used more frequently for edema, fluid overload and heart failure. ...Read more

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Side effects of diuretics?

Dehydration: The main function of diuretics is to increase the output of urine, thereby helping to manage high blood pressure. As a side effect of their chronic use, excess amounts of electrolytes can be lost in the urine leading to low levels of potassium, sodium, potassium. Calcium and magnesium levels can also be impaired. Some diuretics may cause the blood sugar to be elevated in diabetics. ...Read more

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What is the best diuretic?

What is the best diuretic?

No one best diuretic: The best diuretic is one that pulls off the most fluid. The stronger the diuretic the more likely one will face other complications such as low potassium, sodium, or magnesium levels. Metolazone is perhaps single most potent oral diuretic, but I use with great caution b/c can mess with electrolyte balance (mentioned above) in profound way. Furosemide (Lasix) and bumetanide are other potent ones ...Read more

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Is metotrolol/ 25 mg a diuretic?

Is metotrolol/ 25 mg a diuretic?

No: Metoprolol is a beta-blocker medication (these medicines end in -olol). They block the effects of adrenaline. They are not diuretics however sometimes thay are combined in the same pill with a diuretic (for example tenoretic which is the combination of atenolol and chlorthalidone). ...Read more

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Will a diuretic cause weight lose?

Will a diuretic cause weight lose?

Yes, but then we: Hydrate we put the fluids back on. To lose weight : eat healthfully ; be physically active. Calories burned must > calories consumed if you desire to lose weight. You can mix ; match different kinds of physical exercise. This site can help you determine calories burned for over 100 activities: http://www. Prohealth. Com/weightloss/tools/exercise/calculator1_2.Cfm. ...Read more

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Do diuretics used for cfh lead to thirst?

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. ...Read more

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