Diuretics

  • Stephen S. Gottlieb

Abstract

Diuretic medications are deemed essential for the treatment of most patients with congestive heart failure (CHF). The underlying abnormality present in patients with heart failure leads to neurohormonal activation and salt and water retention. Medicines that cause increased sodium, and therefore water, excretion can be extremely effective. Indeed, symptoms of CHF may be completely relieved by this simple and inexpensive intervention. However, the adverse consequences associated with the use of diuretic medications are rarely considered. Knowledge of both potential problems and benefits can lead to safer and more effective use of these agents.

Keywords

Magnesium Prostaglandin Norepinephrine Catecholamine Indomethacin 

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