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Over The Counter Diuretics For Water Retention
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
Here are some...: For someone with fluid around the heart, the use of OTC diuretic would be probably not effective and helpful enough. Hence, go to be evaluated for assuring the diagnosis first before treating it. How to do these safely & correctly? Follow suggestions in articles listed in http://formefirst.com/onDealSickness.html. Best wish to health... ...Read more
Can you recommend a OTC Potassium to take daily? I take three diuretics daily for high blood pressure and occasionally furosemide for water retention.
Little effect: Both will have little if any effect. ...Read more
Can I take metolazone (5mg) in the morning and hydrochlorothiazide (25mg) in the evening together with furosemide (60mg) for stubborn edema?
No: They are drugs of the same class and there's no benefit in taking both. You list nephrotic syndrome. You will likely need a higher dose of lasix (furosemide). I would start by trying 60 mg twice day (with supervision! as it is dangerous to do this on your own!). Alternatively, change lasix (furosemide) to torsemide which is more potent. ...Read more
Sure: There's no science to this fad. It won't remove "toxins", and you lose weight only because your diet is so nasty. I suspect the whole thing began as a cruel prank. If you want to feel good, stay trim and be healthy, why not get serious once again with your physical fitness? It's much better and more scientific. ...Read more
Is a magnesium pill (250mg) effective to relieve constipation (in addition to fiber, plenty of water)?
No: Magnesium citrate solution (a liquid) can help with constipation in the same way that Miralax (polyethylene glycol) does. A magnesium pill though will not be as effective for constipation. Docusate is a pill that softens stool and can be helpful. Senna is another pill, a stimulant laxative, and works by increasing bowel activity. Fiber and fluids, yes, absolutely continue. ...Read more
Salt water rinse: I don't think bonjela is available in the us. There are different causes for ulcers but my first choice for an undiagnosed ulcer would be salt water rinses. ...Read more
Antiinflammatories: Antiinflammatory pills are commonly used to treat the symptoms of gout. Ibuprofen and Naproxen are available over the counter, and of course are less powerful than prescriptions. However, these treat symptoms only and not the underlying problem. Make sure you consult with your doctor regardless to make sure the gout is being treated appropriately. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Useless & unsafe: Full body wraps are useless for weight control and if used improperly can do harm. ...Read more
Is there a specific enema that helps relieve of prostate problems (ie. Hot, warm or cold, salt water... Etc.)?
No: Prostate problems cannot be relieved by enemas. I would recommend that you consult with a local urologist. ...Read more
In most cases..: Spironolactone, an aldosterone inhibitor is better. Low potassium is not a side-effect. It is an anti-hypertensive drug as well. Furosemide is not, and it increases aldosterone. Studies show that the use of Furosemide in congestive heart failure does not prolong life. Spironolactone does! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Can you offer some suggestions other than salt water and apple cider vinegar to help reduce the swelling and relieve the tenderness in my glands?
If body is generally dehydrated from regular alcohol use- such as bottle of wine daily, and no water intake- how would that affect the body over time?
? dehydrated ?: If you pee every 6-8 hours it is unlikely you are truly dehydrated.The body (kidneys) sort out your level of fluid intake from both liquids and food (vegies 60% water).If you drink few fluids your body adjusts and makes your urine concentrated. Wine is more water than alcohol,but it does make you pee more as an alcohol effect.The effect on your system has more to do with the alcohol than hydration ...Read more
Is drinking 128 oz of fluid daily safe? I try to mix in Gatorade or electrolyte tabs to prevent Na/K depletion, but concerned about dilution of other things in blood. Must do this to address orthostatic intolerance and not faint.
Better question: If that's what you need to prevent orthostasis then, nothing will happen to you but a more interesting question to ask is WHY does a 29 year old have orthostasis if they drink any less than 128 oz. of fluid daily? That is not a normal situation. Has that been investigated and discovered? If you'd like to chat about this 1-1 please write me at: www.healthtap.com/dr-drsaghafi ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
First find the cause: The management depends on the composition of the stone. If you pass a stone, it can be analyzed by a lab. A urologist or nephrologist can check urinary excretion rates for substances that cause stones; with blood tests as well to provide an effective treatment regimen ...Read more
It denotes the presence of excessive water in intravascular space - vessels & interstitial space - among cells, due to poor automatic water movement and distribution by poor perfusion by low BP from hydration or/+ weak heart, poor osmotic pressure from malnutrition, poor water excretion from kidneys, & poor lymphatic drainage. More? Ask your doctor or contact me; I ...Read more
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