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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 (prescription and over-the-counter), supplements, and herbal remedies you use. You should also tell her about other medical problems you have.

She may want to regularly check your blood pressure as well as test your blood and pee for levels of specific minerals and to see how well your kidneys are working. She'll probably tell you to follow a low-sodium diet and limit how much salt you eat.

Because some diuretics also pull potassium out of your body, you might need to eat more foods like bananas, sweet potatoes, spinach, and lentils, or take a potassium supplement. On the other hand, if you're taking a "potassium-sparing" diuretic, such as amiloride (Midamar), spironolactone (Aldactone), or triamterene (Dyrenium), she may want you to avoid potassium-rich foods, salt substitutes, low-sodium milk, and other sources of potassium.

If you only need one dose a day, you might want to 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 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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