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Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) and Diuretics

Read more about Diuretics.

Overview

Known commonly as “water pills,” diuretics help promote excretion of water and sodium from the body, reducing the amount of work the heart has to perform.

Common diuretics include:

  • Hydrochlorothiazide (Hydrodiuril)
  • Chlorothiazide (Diuril)
  • Metolazone (Zaroxolyn)
  • Furosemide (Lasix)
  • Bumetanide (Bumex)
  • Triamterene (Dyrenium)
  • Spironolactone (Aldactone)
  • Torsemide
  • Indapamide
  • Polythiazide
  • Amiloride
  • Combination agents (Dyazide)

Effect of Diuretics on Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)

In congestive heart failure (CHF), the heart muscle cannot pump adequate amounts of blood to meet the body’s needs. Diuretics help lighten the load by promoting the excretion of water and sodium from the body.

Side Effects and Warnings

Possible side effects of diuretics include:

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