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Diuretics rid the body of excess fluids and salt (sodium). Because these medications work in the kidneys and flush excess water and sodium from the body, diuretics are sometimes called "water pills."
Examples of diuretics used for hypertension include:
Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme Inhibitors (ACE Inhibitors)
Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE inhibitors) prevent your body from making a hormone called angiotensin II, which normally causes narrowing of the blood vessels. ACE inhibitors stop this narrowing, so your blood pressure goes down.
ACE inhibitors used to treat hypertension include:
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