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How do water pills (diuretics) work to lower blood pressure?

How do water pills (diuretics) work to lower blood pressure?

Diuresis: They act on the tubular part of the microscopic nephron in the kidney which filters out water and prevents reabsorption of that water in various parts of the tubule. Then this return blood deprived of water again circulates through the skin releases a plasma and it is avid for water and sucks it back. ...Read more

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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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What is a water pill use for?

What is a water pill use for?

Water pills: Water pills are primarily used for swollen ankles and high blood pressure, however they are also used to loose weight. They cause you to urinate more frequently which decreases fluids in your body. ...Read more

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What does a water pill do and how do I know if I need one?

What does a water pill do and how do I know if I need one?

Diuretics: Divided into classes by part of the kidney they act on. They are used for fluid overload as in CHF or to lower BP. There are weak diuretics like hydrochlorthiazide or stronger ones like metolazone. Consult your doctor before taking these medications. ...Read more

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I take meds in the morning(4:30 am) and take a water pill about 7:00am does it wash out the pills taken at 4:30 ? Can i take them all at once

Questions?: Your actual question is easy to understand; however, i'm having questions with your health hx, as shown. It shows you are 54 y/o and on birth control? Are you pre-menopausal or post-menopausal? Also, I do not see HTN as a condition; why do you take the "water pill"? Is the actual medication hydrochlorothiazide (hctz)? ...Read more

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Is there any over-the-counter water pill?

Is there any over-the-counter water pill?

No: And for good reasons. Unsupervised use is dangerous. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take a water pill everyday !!!

Generally yes: Hard to answer without knowing the precise medication prescribed, but most diuretics are safe for daily use. Some may require intermittent lab monitoring to prevent electrolyte imbalance, however. ...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 there be any side effects with taking lacix water pill?

More restroom time: Other than a marked increase in awareness of where restrooms are located after taking lasix, (furosemide) the biggest side effect profile to monitor would be that if the medication works too well, you may urinate out too much of your electrolytes, and result in a low potassium level. Also, too much diuresis may result in alteration of your kidney function. This is why periodic lab monitoring is important. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take diurex water pill (caffeine free) with lisonipril?

Using diurex?: Before you take diurex (d), discuss it with your physician (p). Your blood pressure may be well controlled on Lisinopril (l). If it is, you need not take d. If not, perhaps you p could increase your dose of l to its maximum. It is rarely a good idea to take any medicine to lower your BP without your p's knowledge and consent. ...Read more

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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?

Family practice : Your BP and hr seem normal. If you don't have any other cardiac risk factors you may just continue your diuretic alone. It actually helps lower your blood pressure. ...Read more

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Water pill for fluid on lungs?

Yes: Diuretics are used frequently for "fluid on lungs". The cause of this finding however should be diagnosed and treated as well since diuretic therapy is not always going to treat the underlying problem. ...Read more

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Is it bad if i'm taking a strong water pill and not peeing?

Yes: If you are on a diuretic (= "strong water pill") such as lasix, (furosemide) or zaroxylyn for instance, and not "peeing", that is not a good sign. Either you are very intravascularly volume depleted, and/or become intolerant to the said diuretic. You need to see your MD asap and/or the prescribing doctor ASAP. ...Read more

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Water Pill (Definition)

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