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Monday, November 2, 2015

Diuretics For High BP?

Most of my posts on high blood pressure have concerned themselves with blood pressure drugs other than diuretics. What about the pros and cons of diuretics?

Many doctors, especially older doctors use diuretics as a first choice out of habit and secondly they are normally inexpensive when compared to other medications.

Diuretics known as "water pills" prevent the kidneys from reabsorbing salt or sodium and water from the urine. Since sodium is involved in determining how much water stays in your system, allowing sodium to pass in the urine allows additional water to be released. The subsequent increase in urine helps to lower blood pressure because it reduces the amount of water in the blood and consequently blood volume.

What about the side effects? (This is NOT meant to be a complete list)

You can lose too much sodium which has proven to cause problems such as falls, fits, confusion, feeling light headed, fainting spells when getting up out of a chair or from a bent over position  and temporary weakness on (1) side of the body.
Loss of too much magnesium can result in irregular heart beat (arrhythmia) and other problems such as mitral valve prolapse.
Loss of too much potassium leading to extreme fatigue, irritability, difficulty in staying awake, and the ability to concentrate, abnormal heart beat, or heart failure.
(Do you drive a vehicle or operate machinery ? /  Staying awake and the ability to concentrate at 70 mph or our nations's freeways could be very important.

(SIDE NOTE) / My wife and I are certified Defensive Driving Class instructors and I wanted to emphasize the importance of being able to concentrate on your driving and staying alert.

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EXCERPT from above link:

What are side effects of diuretics?

When individuals present with fluid imbalance (depletion) due to diuretics, adverse events such as:

FOLLOWING IS A PARTIAL EXCERPT  of interactions with diabetic medicines:

What are the drug interactions of diuretics?

Thiazide diuretics given concurrently with antidiabetic drugs [such as oral agents and insulin ApidraExuberaHumulin 70-30Humalog Mix 50-50,Humalog 75-25Humulin RHumulin NHumulin 50-50Velosulin,HumalogLantusLevemirNovologNovolog Mix 50/50Novolog Mix 70/30)] causes a decreased blood level of antidiabetic drugs, hence doses of antidiabetic drugs may need to be increased.

As mentioned in this BLOG numerous times, I have NO medical training, I am NOT a doctor and I am NOT giving medical advice or suggesting that you make changes without consulting your doctor and doing your own research. 
On the other hand, you need to do some research on your own, and be aware that fruit and veggie smoothies, certain natural supplements, etc. can lower BP without the long list of side effects associated with most BP drugs. BELOW is a LINK to some fruit and veggies delicious smoothies that should put you on the road to better health. NEVER stop taking your BP medications cold turkey. Instead work with your doctor to evaluate your situation and have him play a role in GRADUALLY getting off medications IF possible.

God Bless,
Psalm 30:2
O Lord my God, I cried to You and You have healed me.
Psalm 107:20
He sends forth His word and heals them and rescues them from the pit and destruction
John 10:10
The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).

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