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Loop Diuretic Medication
Loop diuretic: A loop diuretic is a blood pressure medicine that acts on the kidney, specifically the loop of henley to decrease fluid resorption. This results in reduced blood volume and with that decreased blood pressure. A side effect of these meds is that they can cause potassium wasting. ...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
Best time to: Ideally patients are instructed to take a diuretic, loop/thiazide or potassium sparing, in the morning. The reason being revolves around their mechanisms of action, which cause a patient to urinate. It is better that someone urinate throughout the day and much less so at night, so that he/she can sleep. ...Read more
Not usual: But could be possible. If you have concerns about the drug regimen you should contact your prescriber. ...Read more
How to take diuretics - it's for a working with medication essay. E.g. when orally, is it tablet of liquid form?
See below: Diuretics, since they stimulate urination, should always be taken early in the day. If twice a day is necessary, the 2nd dose should be no later than dinner time. Oral use us with pills. Furosemide and hydrochlorothiazide are not available as liquids but can be crushed for ng tube use. The IV route is appropriate for acute congestive heart failure, pulmonary edema, or hypertensive crisis. ...Read more
Increase H2O or redu: You have to compensate the water loss via sweat due to excess heat by either increase oral replacement of water/fluids, or reduce/stop the diuretic, or u may need to do both depending on severity of heat and duration of exposure. It is a rather complicated balance and u must do that diligently or you may get in trouble with dehydration or fluid overload. Use a weight-scale. Good luck. ...Read more
What is the best blood pressure medication for african americans? I'm using diuretic but its still elevated
What else on menu?: Depends on what other items are on your menu. Heart failure too? Think about beta blockers or ace inhibitors. Diabetes too? Ace inhibitors/arbs. If you don't have heart failure or diabetes, then certain blood pressure rx that may work better: diuretics [you're taking that already], long-acting dhp calcium channel blocker [like amlodipine], or ace inhibitor/arbs. Lots of choices on your menu! ...Read more
How long do hypertension medications (diuretics vs ACE inhibitors vs Ca channel blockers vs etc.) take to achieve full effect?
Hours to weeks: The oral medications for treating high blood pressure start to work as soon as they are absorbed and the full effect of a single dose occurs within hours. Most blood pressure drugs sustain the reduction in BP for 24 hours so they can be taken once daily. When starting medication or changing dose there may be some further blood pressure reduction over the next several weeks. ...Read more
My diuretic blood pressure medication makes me lose memory, cause weakness and headache, why does this happens?
When someone takes lithium as medication he has side effects of dry mouth and polyuria for treating those symptoms he is given diuretic. How come?
Are loop duiretics directly tied to tinnitus? What are my options with diuretics since I already have the t. Diagnosis?
Sometimes: Loop diuretics can cause tinnitus but usually only in very high doses. Patient compliance with blood pressure medication is always a concern and if you are concerned about this medication and your coexistent diagnosis of tinnitus, then discuss with your physician other options for blood pressure control if applicable. You could also see an ENT physician to help with tinnitus. ...Read more
How do thiazides reduce calcium excretion through urine? And how do loop diuretics increase the excretion of calcium through urine?
You're right: They do exactly what you said: thiazides reduce urinary calcium excretion and are good for stone formers; loop diuretics increase it and are good for people with hyperparathyroidism and hypercalcemia. The mechanism is complicated. Unless you're taking an exam, this is sufficient information. ...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?
Not in 400 letters!: This is too big of a question and cannot be answered in such a short format. You could ask something more specific so that we can help you. ...Read more
Depends: Each patient is an individual...Care has to matched to each case. No generalizations are appropriate without knowing the case. ...Read more
Hello which of the following drugs help with suppresses heart rhythms? A) diuretic b) steroid/anti -inflammatory
None: Of them will suppress arrythmia.Get a more detailed answer ›
I will like to drink a glass of wine but I take blood pressure medication toporol Xl 25 and water pill 1/2 can I do this?
Of course.: Ignore all the fluff on the labels. A glass of wine with those meds is perfectly safe, reasonable, enjoyable and may improve your longevity. ...Read more
Which of the diuretics (thiazide, loop, potassium sparing) if you were to choose just one may be the best overall to treat hbp?
Depends: On multiple issues including kidney function. Certain diuretics work better with certain levels of kidney function/dysfunction. In general a thiazide is preferred as first line and particularly Chlorthalidone as it is long acting and potent. See your doctor for specifics as kidney function and potassium levels need to be followed. ...Read more
Doctors, do you think I can develop a tolerance to potassium-sparing diuretic drugs over a long period of time?
No: Not unless your renal function deteriorates.Get a more detailed answer ›
Diurex: It depends upon the type of test. What drug test you are talking about? ...Read more
I have taken 1 niacin, and 2 b-12 dietary supplements, will this help me pass a drug test? I am also wondering if the b-12 is considered a water pill?
Bad strategy: Best plan to pass drug test is not to put drugs into body. B12 is not considered a "water pill". ...Read more
Have stage 4 breast cancer, retaining lot of water from chemo drugs, along with water pill, what's the quickest way to get rid of all the extra water?
Ask your oncologist: Fluid retention is typically not caused by chemotherapy (with rare exceptions). Are you taking a steroid pre-medication? This is often the case when taking Taxanes like Docetaxel or Paclitaxel. In that case fluid retention should go away as soon as you stop steroid use. If chemo like Docetaxel is causing you increasing amount of swelling, ask you oncologist for further evaluation and treatment. ...Read more
Diuretics: There isn't a one answer fits everybody. If you don't like getting up at night to urinate, taking diuretics in daytime is usually a good idea. For some individuals, taking the medication at night may be a better idea however. ...Read more