PREVIOUS QUESTION:

 

NEXT QUESTION:

 

How do diuretics work for high blood pressure?

ANSWER

Diurectics, often called water pills, are usually the first type of high blood pressure medicine your doctor will try.

They help your kidneys take salt and water out of your body. Because you have less total fluid in your blood vessels, the pressure inside will be lower -- like a garden hose that's not turned on all the way. These are some common diuretics:

  • Amiloride (Midamor)
  • Bumetanide (Bumex)
  • Chlorthalidone (Hygroton)
  • Chlorothiazide (Diuril)
  • Furosemide (Lasix)
  • Hydrochlorothiazide or HCTZ (Esidrix, Hydrodiuril, Microzide)
  • Indapamide (Lozol)
  • Metolazone (Mykrox, Zaroxolyn)
  • Spironolactone (Aldactone)
  • Triamterene (Dyrenium)

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Blood Pressure Medicines and High Blood Pressure: Things You Can Do to Help Lower Yours."

American Heart Association: "Types of Blood Pressure Medications."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "High Blood Pressure."

National Library of Medicine.

Mayo Clinic: "High blood pressure (hypertension): Central-acting agents."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 02, 2017

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Blood Pressure Medicines and High Blood Pressure: Things You Can Do to Help Lower Yours."

American Heart Association: "Types of Blood Pressure Medications."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "High Blood Pressure."

National Library of Medicine.

Mayo Clinic: "High blood pressure (hypertension): Central-acting agents."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 02, 2017

NEXT QUESTION:

What are other available diuretics for high blood pressure?

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

    This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.