Which medications in the drug class Diuretics, Other are used in the treatment of Renovascular Hypertension?

Updated: Dec 01, 2020
  • Author: Rebecca J Schmidt, DO, FACP, FASN; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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Diuretics, Other

Diuretics promote excretion of water and electrolytes by the kidneys. They are used to treat heart failure or hepatic, renal, or pulmonary disease when sodium and water retention has resulted in edema or ascites. They may be used as monotherapy or combination therapy to treat hypertension. Thiazide diuretics are preferred.

Diuretics are used only as an adjunct to other medications for RVHT, especially during acute hypertensive crises. Furosemide is especially effective in managing pulmonary edema associated with hypertensive crises and may be particularly useful in patients unresponsive to other diuretics or those who have severe renal impairment.

Furosemide (Lasix)

Furosemide primarily appears to inhibit reabsorption of sodium and chloride in the ascending limb of the loop of Henle. These effects increase urinary excretion of sodium, chloride, and water, resulting in profound diuresis. Renal vasodilation occurs after administration of furosemide. Renal vascular resistance decreases, and renal blood flow is enhanced.

Hydrochlorothiazide (Microzide)

Hydrochlorothiazide inhibits reabsorption of sodium in distal tubules, causing increased excretion of sodium and water and potassium and hydrogen ions.


Bumetanide increases excretion of water by interfering with the chloride-binding cotransport system; this, in turn, inhibits sodium and chloride reabsorption in the ascending loop of Henle. Bumetanide does not appear to act in the distal renal tubule.

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