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What are the side effects of taking diuretics for high blood pressure?

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These high blood pressure medications flush extra water and sodium (salt) from your body. Diuretics may cause these side effects:

  • Extra urination. Extra water out means more time in the bathroom. Take these medications earlier in the day and when you're close to a bathroom.
  • Erection problems in some men
  • Weakness, leg cramps, or fatigue. Diuretics may decrease the body's levels of the mineral potassium, which can lead to these side effects. Certain potassium-sparing diuretics do not have this effect, however.
  • Intense and sudden foot pain, which is a symptom of gout; this is rare.

SOURCES:

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

NHLBI: "Types of Blood Pressure Medications."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 21, 2019

SOURCES:

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

NHLBI: "Types of Blood Pressure Medications."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 21, 2019

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