What are they used for?
The most common type of diuretics are called thiazide diuretics. These can also be prescribed to treat oedema in people experiencing heart failure.
Thiazide diuretics include:
Chlortalidone - Co-Tenidone, Co-Tenidone BP, Hygroton, Tenoret 50,Tenoretic,
Cyclopenthiazide - Navidrex
Indapamide - Coversyl Plus, Natrilix, Natrilix SR
Metolazone - Metenix 5
Xipamide - Diurexan
Some types of diuretic, called loop diuretics are prescribed to people with congestive heart failure. These are not usually used to treat blood pressure as they are not as effective in treating it.
Loop diuretics include:
Bumetanide - Bumetanide, Burinex
Furosemide - Furosemide, Lasix
Torasemide - Torasemide, Torem
Potassium sparing diuretics
Another type of diuretic, called potassium sparing diuretics are designed to help your body retain potassium, and more likely to be given to people with heart failure as they aren’t as effective at reducing blood pressure.
Potassium sparing diuretics include:
Eplerenone - Inspra
Spironolactone - Aldactone, Co-flumactone, Lasilactone, Spironolacton
Triamterene - Frusene, Co-triamterzide, Dyazide, Dytide, Kalspare
Amiloride - Amilamont, Amiloride, Burinex, Co-Amilofruse, Co-amilozide, Frumil, Frumil LS, Moduret 25, Moduretic
In addition to high blood pressure, diuretics are also used to treat conditions such as heart failure, kidney and liver disease and glaucoma.