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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. These medicines are effective treatments for many disorders including ...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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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?

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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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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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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Hallo I am on a water pill now for 3 months bud now i get cramps can it be the los of water? And what can I do to get rut of the cramps?Thank you !

Maybe: Diuretics can cause cramps but your's is a very mild one. I presume it's hot in s. Africa this time of year - are you dehydrated? Do you need the diuretic during your summer? If it's for bp, perhaps a different medicine could be used. Tonic water and muscle stretching exercises can help cramps in general. ...Read more

Dr. Jan Tillisch
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Furosemide (Definition)

Furosemide is a potent diuretic which increases dramatically urine output in most patients. It is most frequently used in patients who are fluid overloaded such as in congestive heart failure. Potassium , sodium and magnesium can be lost in excess with the use of Furosemide and must be closely monitored. It is much stronger than other diuretics used for ...Read more


Dr. Milroy Samuel
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Water Pill (Definition)

Water pill or diuretics are a kind of heart ...Read more