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Retaining Fluid While Taking Diuretics
Is water a natural diuretic? I'm on a new med that makes me retain water and I want something to drink natural.
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
What is the most effective OTC diuretic/h20 pill to eliminate retained fliud caused by pitting edema?
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
I am constantly retaining water I take a water pill but it only gives temporary relief just by standing I retain a lot of water in my knees and legs?
Edema: Without knowing your medical history and things such s your weight it is hard to give you any advice. My guess would be that you have some problems with the veins in your legs that causes the swelling in your legs. I would suggest that you see your physician and get evaluated for this problem. ...Read more
Thanks for asking!: If you are on diuretics then your total fluid restriction should be < 1 to 1.5 l per day. This applied to all kinds of fluids. Salt containing fluids/beverages are completely restricted. ...Read more
Diuretic fluids list: All fluids are diuretic if you have normal kidney function and you drink enough of them. The fluid could be water, juice, soda or milk, among others. With normal kidney function, your kidneys will excrete the excess fluid you do not need as urine and your urine output will increase. This will prevent you from getting fluid overloaded. ...Read more
None: Diuretics account for NO fluid intake. They induce urinary output only. ...Read more
Various: There are a few compounds that have a diuretic effect but may not be useful for water retention pre-menstrually. Caffeine, for example, has a diuretic effect but also cases other side effects. There is a herbal supplement called uva ursi which may be more helpful. By staying hydrated, anything to stimulate urine output will be more effective. ...Read more
What to do if I have no pain of any kind, just a lot of fluid around my knees. Should I take a diuretic?
See your doctor : See your doctor for evaluation, especially before taking a prescription medication. ...Read more
What is the best treatment for fluid and electrolyte disorders other than taking diuretics and reducing sodium in my diet. Nothing seems to work?
< 2000 mg sodium/day: There are many fluid and electrolyte disorders out there, but it sounds like you may be having trouble with edema? Diuretics and sodium restriction are cornerstones to treating edema, however there may be other issues at play. You should have your kidney, heart, and liver function checked, so follow up with your doctor who can provide more directed care. Read food labels! Sodium is everywhere! ...Read more
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
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. The Best wish to health... ...Read more
My grandmother is 94 years old & has fluid leaking from her leg. She is supposed to take a water pill but doesn't. Should i be worried?
I am recovering from sepsis. I have about 10 lbs of fluid retretention and hard time catching my breath. Should I take a diuretic?
See your doctor: If you recently were septic, you certainly should already be under a doctor's care. Fluid retention can be caused by several factors involved with your recent serious illness. Diuretics are prescription drugs for a reason: a physician needs to completely evaluate the pathophysiology of your condition in order to taylor the appropriate therapy. ...Read more
Abnormal fluid retention and swelling in the legs with minimal response to diuretics, retention onset was rapid, could be because methadone maintenanc?
Not likely: You should seek a full evaluation from your physician -- such swelling can be the result of cardiac, renal (kidney), liver, and/or vascular (blood vessel) problems, amongst other things. ...Read more
Re diuretics used for CHF and thirst effect what should average fluid intake for 84 yr old/180 pound be? Does excess negate the diuretic?
Diuretics & fluids: A normal adult should drink about 2 liters of fluid a day to maintain healthy body functioning. As we get older we drink less and have less thirst, so it reduces to about 1.5 liters a day. Generally, when you are put on a diuretic, the amount of fluid that is recommended does not change. In fact, if you restrict your fluid intake and take a diuretic, you are at risk for serious dehydration. ...Read more
Visited er, normal EKG and blood tests, 99%bloodoxy, doc says, oh and you have a little fluid on lungs, no big deal maybe up diuretic. Need to worry?
Not sure.: A little fluid on the lungs is not benign especially since I see no mention of heart failure or of diuretic. Seems as though you have had procedures to evaluate function of your heart. So... I am wondering on what evidence they deduced there was fluid in the lungs. Sometimes this may be suggested by labs or x-ray but neither of these is completely reliable. Ask them directly. ...Read more
My mom has copd, CHF and is a diabetic. Kidney level are high and diuretic isn't working and has fluid on lungs how long will she live?
Depends: Your mom does have multiple organs affected and as such may not have a good prognosis. If kidneys are failing she may prolong her life possibly with dialysis. But it also depends on how severe her CHF and COPD are. ...Read more
Doc wants 2 do anti diuretic hormone (adh) test for diabetes insipidus. Thought u had 2 b deprived of fluid during ADH (vasopressin) test... Or is that necessary?
Yes: There is a test called water deprivation test which is the gold standard for testing but pt's have to be monitored closely. Therefore, sometimes we may give a trial of ADH (vasopressin) as a pill to see if the symptoms resolve after it has been verified pt's are making >3l of urine a day. ...Read more
Why is my mom in and out of a-fib? Remember she has copd, CHF and is a diabetic, not on a lot of diuretics because kidneys act up with them and has fluid retention.
Ask your pcp or cardiologist whether it is related to her heart condition, diabetes or other causes. Make sure that your mom has had a thyroid test. Is your mother on blood thinners to prevent stroke?
http://prodigy.clarity.co.uk/patient_information_leaflet/atrial_fibrillation. ...Read more
Diuretics: Generally speaking people with healthy guts would start seeing increased urine output in about 90-120 minutes. However, with cirrhosis, portal hypertension, and possibly ascites (water in the abdomen), the oral medications may not be absorbed well since the intestinal and stomach lining may be boggy with water in which case you might need an intravenous diuretic. ...Read more
Improve lifestyle: A person with mild high blood pressure and on one medication might be able to get off the medication. He can work with his doctor to find a proper diet and an ideal weight. A long-term exercise program such as distance running, swimming, and biking can lower baseline blood pressure and heart rate. He should be happy, without anger or anxiety problems. Add a little luck and he may get off medicine. ...Read more
In the US…: The two most commonly prescribed diuretics in the United States are Furosemide (lasix) and hydrochlorothiazide. Generally speaking, hydrochlorothiazide is used more for blood pressure control and Lasix (furosemide) is used more for treatment of congestive heart failure. Chlorthalidone, Bumetanide and torsemide also have important roles to play in my practice. ...Read more
Many: Diuretics all work on different parts on the nephron which is the basic building block of the kidney. You have thiazides, loop diiuretics, potasium sparing diuretics. They all work by increasing the amount of water exceeted in the urine usally by blocking reabsorbtion of sodium ir potaium. ...Read more
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