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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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How can a water pill help lower blood pressure?

How can  a water pill help lower blood pressure?

Hypertension: Diuretics lower pressure both by removing fluid from the body and decreasing vascular resistance. ...Read more

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Why would a water pill effect high blood pressure?

Why would a water pill effect high blood pressure?

Decreased pressure: Look at it this way: if you pee out more fluid, there is less water floating around in your blood vessels. Less water in the pipes means less pressure -- the same as water in your house coming out the faucet... ...Read more

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Do all high blood pressure pills have a water pill inside of them?

Do all high blood pressure pills have a water pill inside of them?

No: It is common to start people out on a water pill (also called a diuretic) or a pill that includes a diuretic medication in addition to another medication. But there are blood pressure pills that do not contain a diuretic. ...Read more

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How long should it take for a diuretic to lower blood pressure?

How long should it take for a diuretic to lower blood pressure?

Few days: It usually takes several days to see a consistent effect on your blood pressure. Most diuretics lower the blood pressure by 6-10 mmhg. ...Read more

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How long will it take for a diuretic to lower high blood pressure?

How long will it take for a diuretic to lower high blood pressure?

Time diuretic effect: In general a diuretic will lower the BP within 2 weeks if your BP is diuretic responsive. This will depend on how much salt you eat as well. I recommend trying the DASH eating plan see check list to test if your BP is diet sensitive first.Takes only 2 weeks but check with your team or consult me for more details. ...Read more

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Why can I not take any high blood pressure medication without a diuretic?

Why can I not take any high blood pressure medication without a diuretic?

You can: Talk with your doctor about medications called ACE inhibiotors or angiotensin receptor blockers. They are equally good at treating high blood pressure and are not in the diuretic class. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Can you tell me if the diuretic hctz (hydrochlorothiazide) is safe for controlling high blood pressure?

Can you tell me if the diuretic hctz (hydrochlorothiazide) is safe for controlling high blood pressure?

HCTZ (hydrochlorothiazide) and BP: Hctz (hydrochlorothiazide) (h) can be used to treat hbp. It can cause some changes in your serum electrolytes with low sodium and potassium being a consequence of its use. Most people, as they age, need more than a diuretic to control their bp. If one has no edema, perhaps another class of drugs, ace-i or arb's, is a better choice as they provide more cardiac and renal protection than h. Speak to your doctor about this. ...Read more

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How does the combination of lisinopril (an acei) and hydrochlorthiazide (a diuretic) act to lower blood pressure?

How does the combination of lisinopril (an acei) and hydrochlorthiazide (a diuretic) act to lower blood pressure?

Blood pressure: ACE-I is a weak blood vessel dilator and diuretic decrease vascular volume and can also cause some vessel dilation. The two drugs add together to lower pressure. ...Read more

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Blood Pressure (Definition)

Blood pressure is a measurement of the force placed on the blood vessels and is comprised of the "systolic" pressure (the top number on a blood pressure meter) which is the peak pressure when the heart is pumping, and the "diastolic" pressure (the bottom number on a blood pressure meter) which is the pressure during the resting phase ...Read more