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Medications

Lasix, Microzide (HCTZ), Zaroxolyn, Aldactone, Diamox and others

Description

Also known as “water pills,” these drugs rid the body of extra water and lower blood pressure.

They're prescribed to treat high blood pressure; swelling of the feet, ankles, and lower legs and fluid in the lungs caused by heart failure; fluid buildup in the abdomen caused by liver damage or certain cancers; and eye conditions such as glaucoma.

Other conditions that may be treated with diuretics include diabetes insipidus, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), kidney stones, male-pattern baldness in women, and osteoporosis.

Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletions

Loop Diuretics

  • Vitamin B1
  • Vitamin B6
  • Potassium
  • Magnesium
  • Vitamin C
  • Calcium
  • Zinc

Thiazide Diuretics

  • Magnesium
  • Vitamin B1
  • Vitamin B6
  • Potassium
  • Phosphorus
  • Zinc
  • CoQ-10

Potassium Sparing Diuretics

  • Calcium
Symptoms of Depletion

Vitamin B1

  • Depression
  • Memory loss
  • Muscle weakness
  • Confusion
  • Fatigue
  • Nerve inflammation
  • Rapid pulse rate

Vitamin B6

  • Depression
  • Low energy

Potassium

  • Irregular heart beat
  • Edema
  • Muscle weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion

Magnesium

  • Muscle cramps
  • Weakness
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of appetite
  • GI disorders
  • Kidney stones
  • Osteoporosis
  • Nervousness
  • Restlessness
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Confusion
  • Fatigue
  • High blood pressure

Vitamin C

  • Capillary fragility
  • Muscle weakness
  • Tender, swollen joints
  • Easy bruising
  • Gums that bleed easily

Calcium

  • Muscle cramps
  • Heart palpitations
  • High blood pressure
  • Brittle and soft bones
  • Insomnia
  • Leg and back pain

Zinc

  • Acne
  • Impaired sense of smell and taste
  • Delayed wound healing
  • Decreased immunity
  • Frequent infections
  • Depression
  • Night blindness
  • Problems with hair, skin and nails

Phosphorus

  • Decreased capacity for building soft tissue (phospholipids), creating cellular energy, and protein synthesis

CoQ-10

  • Congestive heart failure
  • High blood pressure
  • Angina
  • Mitral valve prolapse
  • Cardiac arrhythmias
  • Lack of energy
  • Muscle pain and weakness
  • Generalized weakening of the immune system

RECOMMENDED SUPPLEMENTATION:

Alpha Base Multivitamin
Additional Supplementation
Dietary Supplements that have Potential for Interactions with Drug (or Drug Class)**

CoQ10 and Fish Oil:
When taken together with diuretics these supplements may have additive blood pressure lowering effects and increase risk for hypotension.

Gingko Biloba:
Gingko may reduce the effectiveness of some diuretics.

*Suggested supplements that may support overall health and are not at all intended to replace any prescription medications.

**These supplements listed may have the potential to interact with the drug or drug class. Use caution or avoid these supplements unless approved by your physician or preferred health care provider.