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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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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 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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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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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?

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

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What is the most effective OTC diuretic/h20 pill to eliminate retained fliud caused by pitting edema?

What is the most effective OTC diuretic/h20 pill to eliminate retained fliud caused by pitting edema?

Restrict salt: Edema can result from hypertension and heart failure; if your BP is 125/80 or less, and you have no heart problem or leg vein problem, then go to the following article on otc diuretics: http://progressivehealth.Hubpages.Com/hub/otc-diuretics-and-edema also, restrict your salt intake to avoid edema. ...Read more

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Do diuretics have lasting effect? I would think they would cause someone to become thirsty, drink more, and regain the water weight almost immediately

Do diuretics have lasting effect? I would think they would cause someone to become thirsty, drink more, and regain the water weight almost immediately

Diuretic: A brilliant observation! it depends on the reason for prescription. In hypertension management the effectiveness is dependent on changes in cellular electromechanics rather than via a hydraulic action of water removal, which as you have observed would be rapidly restored due to thirst. In volume overloaded states removal of the water excess and does not stimulate thirst to a similar extent. ...Read more

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Can diuretics cause rapid heart rate?

Can diuretics cause rapid heart rate?

Electrolytes: In addition to causing hypovolemia, many diuretics can also deplete important electrolytes that keep your heart rate steady. Very low levels of potassium and magnesium, especially, can be dangerous. Talk to the diuretic prescriber about checking and replacing your electrolyte levels, while using diuretics. ...Read more

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Diuretic pills cause excessive sweating, is there an alternative?

Diuretic pills cause excessive sweating, is there an alternative?

Depends.: Depends on why you're taking diuretics. It also depends on which diuretic you're taking. For example, if you're taking diuretics for blood pressure control, other medications can be used. Also, there are a few different types of diuretics which could be used depending on the reason you're taking it. ...Read more

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Can diuretics cause heart palpitations and if so, is that dangerous?

Can diuretics cause heart palpitations and if so, is that dangerous?

Yes and no: Diuretics don't typically cause palpitations as a direct side effect. But diuretics can cause the body to lose potassium and/or magnesium. Low magnesium or potassium can cause palpitations. It's worthwhile getting your electrolytes checked in a lab. ...Read more

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Why does congestive heart failure cause diuretics to be mal-absorbed?

Why does congestive heart failure cause diuretics to be mal-absorbed?

Swelling: Swelling in the intestinal wall. Some diuretics are better absorbed in this setting by mouth. If this fails then IV diuretics. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What can cause persistent fluid in the lungs and swollen ankles, despite taking diuretics continuously?

What can cause persistent fluid in the lungs and swollen ankles, despite taking diuretics continuously?

Several possibilitie: Pneumonia, adult respiratory distress syndrome, advanced malnutrition, congestive heart failure, hepatorenal syndrome, uremia. The lack of response to diuretics implies that either the condition isn't responsive to diuresis or the dose needs to be adjusted. The condition appears to be complicated and should be further evaluated with consultants as needed. ...Read more

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