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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
Not recommended: There are safe medications for hypertension but diuretics are not advised. ...Read more
What is the best blood pressure medication for african americans? Im 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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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?
Diabetes insipidus: One side effect of lithium is nephrogenic diabetes insipidus. If this was diagnosed correctly, one treatment option is a diuretic.Mechanism is unknown but it is thought that this will "confuse" the kidneys into retaining more fluids thereby alleviating the polyuria. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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