Diuretics help your body get rid of extra salt (sodium) and water. They work by increasing the amount of urine (pee) you make. Getting rid of extra water decreases the strain on your heart and blood vessels, by lowering blood pressure. This effect can also improve symptoms such as trouble breathing and swelling (oedema). Diuretics are often called ‘water tablets’.
Diuretics are used to treat conditions like high blood pressure (hypertension) and swelling (oedema) in your feet, ankles and stomach caused by heart failure, kidney failure or liver failure.
|Be careful when taking some pain relief medicines|
|Taking diuretics together with pain relief medicines called ‘non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs’ (NSAIDs) and medicines called ACE inhibitors or ARBs can be harmful to your kidneys (this combination of medicines is called the triple whammy). Read more: Be careful when taking some pain relief medicines|