There are different types of diuretics (water pills) that are used to treat many health conditions. These include:

  • Loop diuretics
  • Potassium-sparing diuretics
  • Thiazide diuretics
  • Potassium-sparing and hydrochlorothiazide combination

Diuretics may be prescribed to treat:

  • High blood pressure—sustained high force of blood flow against artery walls
  • Heart failure—inadequate circulation causes swelling resulting from fluid build-up
  • Lymphedema—inadequate lymph circulation causes swelling resulting from fluid build-up
  • Hypercalcemia—excess calcium levels in the blood
  • Hirsutism—excess hair growth in women that appears in places similar to men
  • Diabetes insipidus—water in the body is improperly removed from the circulatory system by the kidneys