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Diuretic (Definition)

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


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How to increase sodium level, at present 131meq/l. taking diuretic dytor 5mg and aldactone (spironolactone) 25mg. could this be the reason for constipation also.pl adv?

How to increase sodium level, at present 131meq/l. taking diuretic dytor 5mg and aldactone (spironolactone) 25mg. could this be the reason for constipation also.pl adv?

Other reason: You are on torsemide and spironolactone, and those are not likely to cause the hyponatremia. Thiazide-type diuretics can typically cause hyponatremia. The most likely cause in someone with cirrhosis and what sounds like heart failure is likely those. Thus, the treatment would be geared toward those. Unfortunately in the US, tolvaptan would not be an option due to cirrhosis. Can fluid restrict. ...Read more

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88 y/o dad w/Cong heart on water pill, Sod. Bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) & warfarin, trouble w/Constipation, gets out of breath, what can help w/this problem?

88 y/o dad w/Cong heart on water pill, Sod. Bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) &  warfarin, trouble w/Constipation, gets out of breath, what can help w/this problem?

Shortness of breath: Many reasons for someone to get out of breath. Debility & frailty are common causes as we age. Congestive heart failure can do so too. Family Doc or Cardiologist might suggest taking more/stronger water pill but it's important that he take certain cocktail of drugs deemed standard of care. Sodium bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) is often used in kidney failure which could also lead to shortness of breath. See your doc ...Read more

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Can a sudden weight change from diuretic cause a loss of balance?

Can a sudden weight change from diuretic cause a loss of balance?

Yes: Diuretics don't get rid of fat, they just cause you to urinate out more water, and can therefore cause dehydration. When you are dehydrated, blood volume is reduced (less water in the bloodstream), so sudden position changes can easily cause a drop in blood pressure ("orthostatic hypotension"), which can cause lightheadedness, loss of balance, and even possibly passing out. ...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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How do diuretics cause weight loss?

How do diuretics cause weight loss?

Increase urination: Diuretics are a class of drugs that cause the kidneys to excrete a larger volume of urine. This can be a beneficial effect in patients with high blood pressure, congestive heart failure or soft tissue fluid retention.These are not generally used for weight loss except in those individuals retaining extra fluid.Can cause dehydration and electrolyte abnormalities in normal pts trying to lose weight. ...Read more

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Can a water pill cause your blood to get thicker?

Can a water pill cause your blood to get thicker?

Diuretic: Diuretics can change the osmolality of blood if enough water leaves the system. This could be expressed as 'thicker' blood, but we don't say that. ...Read more

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Can diuretics help reduce swelling on face caused due to some allergy??

Can diuretics help reduce swelling on face caused due to some allergy??

Wrong treatment.: I would not advise using diuretics for facial swelling as (1) probably would not work, (2) you'd likely become dehydrated trying to make them work and (3) fluid accumulation would not be the cause of this facial swelling. Allergy causes facial swelling via inflammation, not fluid accumulation like you'd see in heart failure or kidney disease. ...Read more

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I have lupus and a water pill caused me to have less pain. Why is that?

I have lupus and a water pill caused me to have less pain. Why is that?

Uncertain : Although this is not likely association, it is not clear what type of pain was improved. People that have variety of different types of pain, and the question might be more easily answered if we know exactly which pain you're having. We do not usually think of water pills causing pain relief. ...Read more

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Constipation (Definition)

Constipation is difficulty passing ...Read more