Dear Pharmacist: I have high blood pressure and my doctor recommended a diuretic and another medicine to relax my blood vessels. Do you think I should take it? — J. S., Sacramento
Answer: I couldn’t possibly know what’s right for you. But if you decide to take a prescription diuretic or other drug, there are certain things you need to know to stay safe. Diuretics or “water pills” and other blood pressure medications in general, often cause you to pee out important life-giving nutrients. These nutrients are necessary to make other organs run efficiently. These nutrients are needed for mood, sleep and muscle health.
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