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What should you keep in mind while taking diuretics (water pills) for high blood pressure?

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Let your doctor know what medications, supplements, and herbal remedies you use.

She'll probably tell you to follow a low-sodium diet and limit how much salt you eat.

Because some diuretics affect the potassium in your body, she may give you instructions on what to eat or what to avoid eating.

If you only need one dose a day, take your diuretic in the morning so you can sleep through the night instead of getting up to go to the bathroom.

Avoid alcohol and medicines to help you sleep. They may make side effects worse.

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 17, 2019

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 17, 2019

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