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Benefits Of Taking A Water Pill
More restroom time:
Other than a marked increase in awareness of where restrooms are located after taking lasix, (furosemide) the biggest side effect profile to monitor would be that if the medication works too well, you may urinate out too much of your electrolytes, and result in a low potassium level. Also, too much diuresis may result in alteration of your kidney function.
This is why periodic lab monitoring is important. ...Read more
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 ...Read more
Sometimes: But not always.Get a more detailed answer ›
Diuretics: Divided into classes by part of the kidney they act on. They are used for fluid overload as in CHF or to lower BP. There are weak diuretics like hydrochlorthiazide or stronger ones like metolazone. Consult your doctor before taking these medications. ...Read more
I take meds in the morning (4:30 am) and take a water pill about 7:00am does it wash out the pills taken at 4:30? Can I take them all at once
Questions?: Your actual question is easy to understand; however, I'm having questions with your health hx, as shown. It shows you are 54 y/o and on birth control? Are you pre-menopausal or post-menopausal? Also, I do not see HTN as a condition; why do you take the "water pill"? Is the actual medication hydrochlorothiazide (hctz)? ...Read more
My baby is 11 months old and ive been slowly weening, she feeds in thr morning and night. I'm not losing weight. Can I start taking diet or water pill?
Start taking fewer..: If in general good health, a woman can just start taking fewer calories. Losing weight is about math. Calories IN must be fewer than calories USED, in order to lose weight. If calories IN are even 100 more than calories used each day, a woman will notice her weight increasing. First, avoid sugars and simple (white, plain) starches. Also avoid drinks with sugar or cream. Good luck! No pills needed. ...Read more
Yes: If you are on a diuretic (= "strong water pill") such as lasix, (furosemide) or zaroxylyn for instance, and not "peeing", that is not a good sign. Either you are very intravascularly volume depleted, and/or become intolerant to the said diuretic. You need to see your MD asap and/or the prescribing doctor ASAP. ...Read more
Generally yes: Hard to answer without knowing the precise medication prescribed, but most diuretics are safe for daily use. Some may require intermittent lab monitoring to prevent electrolyte imbalance, however. ...Read more
Using diurex?: Before you take diurex (d), discuss it with your physician (p). Your blood pressure may be well controlled on Lisinopril (l). If it is, you need not take d. If not, perhaps you p could increase your dose of l to its maximum. It is rarely a good idea to take any medicine to lower your BP without your p's knowledge and consent. ...Read more
You should check with your doc
unless you are suicidal. ...Read more
Diurex: It depends upon the type of test. What drug test you are talking about? ...Read more
My BP has been around 137/73. 76 pulse. Would I need to start thinking about medication and what is the best. I do have a water pill. 25?
I was on olmetec plus 20/.12.5 the water pill was dropped how long until the 12.5 mg of the water pill is out of my system I'm on 20 mg of olmetec?
24 hours: It should be out of your system in 24 hours -- but the biological effect lingers for about a week or so. ...Read more
Less swelling: The water pill may be making your tissues, joints, etc less swollen, and this may reduce pain. ...Read more
My ankles have been really swollen for weeks now. My Bp pill with water pill built In does not seem to be working. What could b cause?
Many things: High there - swollen legs (also known as edema in the legs), and be caused by a range of conditions ranging from failure of the heart to pump correctly, kidney disease, liver disease, low protein in the blood, blood clots, etc. You need to see the doctor. And, you are on a low dose of water pill, so you may need a higher dose. ...Read more
Hallo I am on a water pill now for 3 months bud now I get cramps can it be the los of water? And what can I do to get rut of the cramps? Thank you!
Maybe: Diuretics can cause cramps but your's is a very mild one. I presume it's hot in s. Africa this time of year - are you dehydrated? Do you need the diuretic during your summer? If it's for bp, perhaps a different medicine could be used. Tonic water and muscle stretching exercises can help cramps in general. ...Read more
It depends: It depends on why you are taking a water pill. Some patients with chronic kidney disease need a diuretic such as lasix (furosemide) to encourage or help the kidney make urine. Your symptoms may be indicative of kidney malfunction which is a common treatable problem-see your doctor for follow up! ...Read more
Alternative to hydrochlorothiazide? Are there any? I’m having bad side effects and want to know if there’s another water pill I can take?
Yes: No contraindication.Get a more detailed answer ›
I am currently taking benicar-hct 40 12.5. Due to change in insurance I can't afford to fill prescriptions. Can I change to Benicar (olmesartan) w/OTc water pill?
Follow close w/ doc: This is probably reasonable however I would recommend your be evaluated more frequently with your doctor until you both are sure this change is reasonable, ...Read more
I stopped taking amlodipine 10mg and a water pill because of dizziness and swelling, I now take atenolol and water pill. All ok, is this good?
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