There’s no cure for congestive heart failure -- not yet anyway. But if you or a loved one is among the 5.8 million Americans living with heart failure, even if it’s advanced, you should know that simple self-care measures can effectively help curb fatigue, shortness of breath, swelling, and other symptoms.
In addition to improving their quality of life, heart failure patients who practice good self-care are less likely to wind up in the hospital.
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Follow the label directions on how often to take your diuretic. If you are taking a single dose a day, take it in the morning with your breakfast or right afterwards. If you are taking more than one dose a day, take the last dose no later than 4 p.m.
The number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and how long you need to take the medication will depend on the type of diuretic prescribed, as well as your condition.
What Are the Side Effects of Diuretics?
Possible side effects of diuretics include:
Frequent urination: This may last for up to six hours after a dose.
Extreme tiredness or weakness: These effects should decrease as your body adjusts to the medication. Call your doctor if these symptoms persist.
Muscle cramps and thirst: Be sure that you are taking your potassium supplement correctly, if prescribed. Contact your doctor if these symptoms persist.
Dizziness, lightheadedness: Try rising more slowly when getting up from a lying or sitting position.
Blurred vision, confusion, headache, increased perspiration (sweating), restlessness: If these effects persist or are severe, contact your doctor.
Dehydration: Signs include dizziness, extreme thirst, excessive dryness of the mouth, decreased urine output, dark-colored urine, or constipation. If these symptoms occur, don't assume you need more fluids. Call your doctor right away.
Fever, sore throat, cough, ringing in the ears, unusual bleeding or bruising, rapid and excessive weight loss: Contact your doctor right away.
Skin rash: Stop taking the medication and contact your doctor right away.
Loss of appetite, nausea, and vomiting: Be sure that you are taking your potassium supplement correctly, if prescribed. Contact your doctor.
Contact your doctor if you have any other symptoms that cause concern.