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Definition: A diuretic is an substance that promotes the production of urine to help rid the body of extra sodium and water. Diuretics work by making your kidneys release more sodium into your urine and the sodium takes water from your blood with it.

Examples: Examples of thiazide diuretics include: Chlorothiazide (Diuril); Hydrochlorothiazide (Microzide); Indapamide; Metolazone (Zaroxolyn); Chlorthalidone. Examples of loop diuretics include: Bumetanide; Ethacrynic acid (Edecrin); Furosemide (Lasix); Torsemide (Demadex). Examples of potassium-sparing diuretics include: Amiloride; Eplerenone (Inspra); Spironolactone (Aldactone); Triamterene (Dyrenium). Please consult with your physician on which diuretic is the best for your health and condition.

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