Water Pills ( Diuretics )

Water pills are pills that makes you urinate more often. Increased urination means losing more moisture, which can relieve the heart. High blood pressure or heart failure The amount of blood is reduced, blood pressure drops and the heart does not have to use when pumping. Less force The disadvantage may be that by urinating a substance is secreted which is good for the heart: potassium. Muscle cells are necessary for the conduction of electrical impulses potassium.

To conserve potassium, there are special water pills. Water pills can be divided into two types: weak acting and potent. Water pills are often given in combination with other medications, especially antihypertensives such as beta-blockers.

The medical term for water pills is 'diuretics', a term that goes back to the Greek, and that can be translated as "agents that stimulate the production of urine'.

Kidneys make urine 

The body consists for the most part from moisture. Too little moisture is not good, but too much either. The moisture content in the body is under more controlled by the kidneys, which filter water and waste from the blood and convert it into urine. The kidneys pumps the urine to the bladder.

Diuretics stimulate the production of urine into the kidneys. The different types of water pills do that in their own way.

Weak acting diuretics 

The most commonly used diuretics have a relatively weak effect. Weak acting diuretics are prescribed for high blood pressure.

Weak acting diuretic known as thiazides. Substance Names are bendroflumethiazide, chlorthalidone, chlorothiazide, clopamide, epitizide, hydrochlorothiazide and indapamide. The name under which they are sold is often different, but the substance name must be in the leaflet.

Potent diuretics 

Potent diuretics are prescribed when the body suddenly hold much moisture. It may then be necessary to move the excess fluid to run off quickly.

Potent diuretics called loop diuretics, to the part of the kidneys where they are employed: the loop of Henle, named after the nineteenth-century German physician Friedrich Henle. Substance Names of potent diuretics are bumetanide and furosemide.

Potassium-sparing diuretics 

Urine contains minerals, who have a weakened body may require. Potassium, for example, that the muscle cells of the heart adapted to guide. Electrical stimuli With a potassium deficiency, the cells provide incentives less well, making the heart work less well.

The body is made up largely of moisture. Moisture in the fabric state through the smallest blood vessels in communication with the circulatory system, such as water in the whey is in communication with the surrounding locks. You pump the water from the ditch, then the whey less soggy. Filter your water from the blood, it will also be the accumulation of fluid in the ankles or lungs decrease.

Potassium-sparing diuretics drain out but spare potassium. If they do not have a strong diuretic activity and they are therefore often used in combination with other diuretics.

Substance Names of potassium-sparing diuretics are amiloride, spironolactone, triamterene.

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