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Old 10-01-2013, 08:50 PM   #1
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Has anybody quit taking

diuretics while on low carb? I currently take blood pressure medicine with a diuretic in it. I started on the BP med alone, but the doc added the diuretic because my bp was staying a little high. This was a few years ago--before I found low carb.

I want to eventually get off this medicine (hope, hope!) and intend to ask my doctor about it next month, but wondered what effect removing the diuretic would have? Is there a rebound effect? Do you begin retaining water? How long did it take for things to level out?

Has anybody been there before--and if so, would you be willing to share your experience?
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Old 10-02-2013, 06:19 AM   #2
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i had the same question.. i'm on 8 different pills a day and hopeing that they take me off of them as the pounds drop??!!??
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Old 10-02-2013, 06:30 AM   #3
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Yes. It became a problem for me because I didn't understand the mechanics. Seems my doctor didn't either. Once I came off them, problems resolved almost immediately.

Not long after that, I came off my calcium channel blocker (for hypertension) and have maintained a normal b.p. of about 112/73 for the past few years. Getting rid of the inflammatory foods was key.
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I have taken a beta blocker for about ten years. I had slowly gotten up to 100mg. I am happy to report that I am now only taking 12.5mg and am planning on quitting that very soon.
I can only imagine that taking a diuretic AND low carbing at the same time is probably not the best idea given the fact that your body will naturally let go of water and sodium. Coud you not just go back to taking the BP med without the dieuretic?
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Old 10-02-2013, 11:45 AM   #5
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I had taken a BP medication with a 25mg diuretic for a few years. 2 years ago when I had to change Dr's, he lowered the amount to 12.5mg. Last month I went for my Lab's and I asked if I need the diuretics at all. She said NO, I give you the BP med's without but give a seperate prescription in case You need it( which I never did, I don't swell ). So far I have no adverse efects . I do take a Beta blocker for my AFIB.
On an other note she also took me off the Medformin,( I didn't take it because I got diarrhea from H$^## ) because my BS is great since low carbing again.
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I have taken a beta blocker for about ten years. I had slowly gotten up to 100mg. I am happy to report that I am now only taking 12.5mg and am planning on quitting that very soon.
I can only imagine that taking a diuretic AND low carbing at the same time is probably not the best idea given the fact that your body will naturally let go of water and sodium. Coud you not just go back to taking the BP med without the dieuretic?
Congratulations on working your way down on the meds!

I agree that low carb and a diuretic are not a good mix.....I can never get enough to drink! Unfortunately, the diuretic is IN the BP med, so I can't just eliminate that part. I'm going to ask my doctor in November if I can go back to just the ACE inhibitor for now. I'd eventually like to be off that as well. I know some very fit and slender people who need the BP meds, though, so we'll see.
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Congratulations on working your way down on the meds!

I agree that low carb and a diuretic are not a good mix.....I can never get enough to drink! Unfortunately, the diuretic is IN the BP med, so I can't just eliminate that part. I'm going to ask my doctor in November if I can go back to just the ACE inhibitor for now. I'd eventually like to be off that as well. I know some very fit and slender people who need the BP meds, though, so we'll see.
It is often more about getting rid of the inflammatory foods than losing weight.
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It is often more about getting rid of the inflammatory foods than losing weight.
what are they?
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I hope issue will be resolved soon...good luck
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Old 10-03-2013, 07:03 AM   #10
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It is often more about getting rid of the inflammatory foods than losing weight.
what are they?
Mostly grains but there are many others depending on individual differences. For me it was all grains & sugars (both processed and those found in fruit). Some people will have problems with certain vegetables even if low carb and dairy can be a big issue for some.
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It is often more about getting rid of the inflammatory foods than losing weight.
Yes... and I am fairly up on what is considered INFLAMITORY foods..... but if you could list the super bad ones it might help some of us... I am POSITIVE that SUGAR is right at the top of that list.
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Old 10-03-2013, 09:33 AM   #12
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I am no expert. What I have learned is through reading. Generally it is grains, sugar and poor quality fats. It becomes more complicated specifics because of individual differences.
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Sweetpoison, if you google "inflammatory foods" you will get a good list of things.
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