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Old 03-22-2005, 06:10 AM   #1
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How long to try diuretic?

Hi,

My doctor put me on meds for high blood pressure about 6 weeks ago. He put me on 50mg of Atenolol. I saw him after a month and he said I still needed to lower my BP a bit. He prescribed hydrochlorothiazide (25mg, I think) and told me to keep monitoring my BP. If it didn't help, then add another 50mg of Atenolol. After two weeks, my BP hasn't moved with hydrochlorothiazide.

Anyone know how long it normally takes to see results from a diuretic?

Thanks.

 
Old 03-23-2005, 06:42 AM   #2
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Re: How long to try diuretic?

I have had a problem with getting my blood pressure under control for some time. I switched dr's about 3 months ago and went on Hyzaar 100/25. It was still high so he added 25 mg of a diruetic 3 weeks ago. It has started to lower my blood pressure in the last 3 days. I'm usually 137/67 to 145/72. In the last 3 days it had been 127/65 to 134/68.
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Old 03-23-2005, 12:43 PM   #3
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Re: How long to try diuretic?

Thanks for getting back to me.

I think I might've given up on the diuretic too soon.

 
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Re: How long to try diuretic?

Greentea,
A diuretic ususally has a profound effect in just a couple days IF you have a lot of retained sodium. If you've been on a low salt diet or freely pass salt through you (some people do!), then you won't see much effect.

Pretty basically, if your hypertension is caused by salt sensitivity (V-type,) thiazides work extrememly well. If you are a renin-angiotensin type of hypertensive, the R-type, then diuretics aren't very effective.

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Old 03-24-2005, 03:42 AM   #5
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Re: How long to try diuretic?

I don't really know what causes my high blood pressure. All I know is when I turned 50 (55 now) I had high cholerestol and high blood pressure and have been trying to get it under control ever since. I do know you have to be your own dr and figure what works best for you. For me it was getting of a calcium channel blocker and learning how to chill better.

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