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Diuretic

08/18/2010

Question:

I am looking for the name of an "over the counter" diuretic.

Answer:

Diuretics are medications used to remove excess fluid from the body. They are used to treat high blood pressure, fluid retention in patients with heart or kidney failure, and a variety of other medical conditions.

The most common over-the-counter diuretics are pamabrom and caffeine. Pamabrom is a product that is often used in combination with other medications for the temporary relief of premenstrual symptoms, such as bloating and swelling. Caffeine is another diuretic that is available in many different products. It may cause anxiety, restlessness, or insomnia (if taken within several hours before bedtime). Caffeine also has the potential to cause stomach and intestinal tract irritation. If other caffeine-containing beverages or foods are taken along with it, the side effects will be additive.

It is important to remember that just like prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications have side effects and the potential to interact with other drugs. All medications can be harmful if not used correctly. You should always talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking any over-the-counter medications, vitamins, or herbal supplements!

Submitted by:
Abby Weimerskirch
Pharm D Candidate 2011
The University of Toledo

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Response by:

Carmen M Hadley, RPh, CSPI
Former Clinical Instructor
College of Pharmacy
The Ohio State University