Advertisement

What are loop diuretics for heart failure management?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

Loop diuretics remove sodium and water from the body, acting on a part of the kidney called the Loop of Henle. They are among the strongest diuretics and are usually part of the standard medical treatment for people with heart failure. Several loop diuretics are available in the US. These include bumetanide (Bumex), ethacrynic acid (Edecrin), furosemide (Lasix), and torsemide (Demadex). 

This answer was adapted from Sharecare's award-winning AskMD app. Start a consultation now to find out what's causing your symptoms, learn how to manage a condition, or find a doctor. 

Continue Learning about Diuretic

Why might a cardiovascular patient be prescribed diuretics?
SCAISCAI
Diuretics are often prescribed to cardiovascular patients to lower blood pressure, which will help r...
More Answers
What are some examples of diuretics?
Piedmont Heart InstitutePiedmont Heart Institute
Some common diuretics include: amiloride (Midamor) bumetanide (Bumex) chlorothiazide (Diuril...
More Answers
How effective are loop diuretics for high blood pressure management?
Donna Hill Howes, RNDonna Hill Howes, RN
Loop diuretics are as effective as thiazide diuretics in lowering blood pressure.  This answer was ...
More Answers
What should I know before taking a thiazine diuretic for heart failure?
Donna Hill Howes, RNDonna Hill Howes, RN
If you are allergic to sulfa drugs, a thiazide diuretic may not be a good option for you. If you ha...
More Answers

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.