Diuretics

Diuretics are commonly known as water pills.
You can take a diuretic
alone or with other medicines used to lower blood
pressure. For instance,
diuretics can be combined with other diuretics to make
a diuretic-diuretic
combination. Examples of these combinations include
these brand names from the
list below:

  • Aldactazide
  • Dyazide
  • Maxzide
  • Moduretic

Diuretics can also be combined with other blood pressure

medicines like
beta-blockers,
or with
vasodilators. In

fact, diuretics can
be combined with any other class of blood pressure
medicines.

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When are diuretics prescribed?

Diuretics are often doctors’ first choice of
treatment for high
blood pressure. They are relatively safe and
inexpensive. They work well for
many people who have high blood pressure without other
complicating health
problems. Their use has been shown to reduce heart and
blood vessel problems
in both younger and older people. They are often a good
choice for older people
and for many African Americans who have high blood
pressure. Both of these
groups tend to be more sensitive to changes in the
amount of salt in their
diets. Diuretics help to rid the body of sodium, called
salt, and water.

Common Names of Diuretics

The following table shows some common brand
and generic names for
diuretics.

brand generic
Aldactazide spironolactone and hydrochlorothiazide
Aldactone spironolactone
Aquatensen methyclothiazide
Bumex bumetanide
Demadex torsemide
Diucardin hydroflumethiazide
Diurese trichlormethiazide
Dyazide hydroclorothiazide and triamterene
Dyrenium triamterene
Edecrin ethacrynic acid
Enduron methyclothiazide
Esidrix hydrochlorothiazide
Exna benzthiazide
HydroDIURIL hydrochlorothiazide
Hydromox quinethazone
Hydro-Par hydrochlorothiazide
Hygroton chlorthalidone
Lasix furosemide
Lozol indapamide
Maxzide hydroclorothiazide and triamterene
Metahydrin trichlormethiazide
Microzide hydrochlorothiazide
Midamor amiloride HCl
Moduretic amiloride HCl and hydrochlorothiazide
Mykrox metolazone
Naqua trichlormethiazide
Naturetin bendroflumethiazide
Oretic hydrochlorothiazide
Renese polythiazide
Saluron hydroflumethiazide
Thalitone chlorthalidone
Zaroxolyn metolazone

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