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I would like to know more about diuretics. My father is 45 years old and he has a high blood pressure. Recently his doctor proscribed him medicine called Thiazide. Is this drug diuretic and how does it help with a high blood pressure?

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Thiazide diuretics are commonly used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension), just like in your father’s case. If high blood pressure continues for a long time, the heart and arteries may not function properly. The reason for this is that hypertension adds to the workload of the heart and arteries. High blood pressure damages the blood vessels of the brain, heart, and kidneys, resulting in a stroke, heart failure, or kidney failure. It can also increase the risk of heart attacks. If blood pressure is controlled, all of these problems are less likely to happen. Thiazide diuretics are also used to help reduce the amount of water in the body. They do that by increasing the flow of urine. Also, they can be used for other conditions as determined by the doctor. It is important to tell the doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to sulfonamides, bumetanide, furosemide, acetazolamide, or to any of the thiazide diuretics. But you father does not have to worry about this because his doctor already proscribed him the medicine.
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