Are diuretic drugs safe?

Nicole Basile
Nicole Basile on behalf of MDLIVE

With the proper dosing and oversight of a physician, diuretic medications can be used safely to treat many conditions.  Diuretic medications are frequently prescribed to treat swelling in the legs or excess fluid in the lungs, high blood pressure, heart failure or certain other mineral imbalances in the body.  Patients with heart disease, liver disease, and kidney disease often require diuretic medications.  If taken without the proper monitoring by a physician, diuretic drugs can cause kidney failure, low blood pressure, and dangerous electrolyte imbalances such as low sodium, potassium or magnesium which can induce life-threatening irregular heart rhythms.  

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