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What’s the difference in drugs for hypertension?

Q: I was previously on Triam/HCTZ tabs for hypertension. Then my physician changed my prescription to hydrochlorothiazide. What is the difference between the two medications? I am also on levothyroxine and Fosamax. A: Triamterene/hydrochlorothiazide is a dual diuretic – a water pill used for treating both hypertension and water retention. As stated, the medication is actually a combination of two diuretics approved by the FDA some 50 years ago. The purpose of diuretics is to eliminate salt and water from the body and decreasing blood pressure. To perhaps confuse things, hydrochlorothiazide can be used alone in the treatment of edema and hypertension. As a means of compensation for the sodium and water lost during stepped up urination, the kidney works overtime to reabsorb more … [Read More...]

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Diabetes

Diabetes a/k/a diabetes mellitus, is a group of metabolic diseases that affect how a person's body uses glucose. The disease is believed to affect over 312 million individuals throughout the world and is a condition that can affect individuals of any age, men and women alike, and all races. Glucose is an very important source of energy for the cells of the body that make up tissues and muscles. It is the brain's primary source of fuel. Those forms of diabetes that are chronic include type 1 and type 2. However, there are conditions known as pre-diabetes where glucose levels are higher than normal and gestational diabetes that occurs during pregnancy but may resolve following delivery. Type 1 diabetes can occur at any age but it commonly appears during childhood or adolescence. This … [Read More...]