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What are diuretics (water pills) for high blood pressure?

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Commonly known as "water pills," these drugs help your kidneys get rid of extra water and salt from your body through your pee. Because you have less total fluid in your blood vessels, like a garden hose that's not turned on all the way, the pressure inside will be lower. This also makes it easier for your heart to pump.

They're usually the first type of medication that your doctor will try to control your blood pressure.

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

Blood Pressure UK: "Diuretics - blood pressure medication."

Mayo Clinic: "High blood pressure (hypertension): Diuretics."

European Heart Journal : "Adverse reactions to diuretics."

Consumer Reports : "What to Know About Diuretics for High Blood Pressure."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 02, 2017

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

Blood Pressure UK: "Diuretics - blood pressure medication."

Mayo Clinic: "High blood pressure (hypertension): Diuretics."

European Heart Journal : "Adverse reactions to diuretics."

Consumer Reports : "What to Know About Diuretics for High Blood Pressure."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 02, 2017

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