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I am a 49 year old woman . I am currently drinking 1 40mg Lasix and 1 600mg Plenish K per day for my water retention . As from next year I won’t be on a medical aid and I cannot afford not to take my water retention tablets . I drink average 2 liters of water per day . When I get up in the mornings my face ( eyes , lips , cheeks ), hands and ankles are very swollen . If the water retention is really bad , I take 2 Lasix tablets with 2 Plenish K tablets per day . I take the tablets early in the mornings because then it seems to work faster and better . I also take 1 20mg Pur-Bloka per day . My problems started in 2009 when I went to hospital with bronchitis that turned into pneumonia . My Dr then told me that the muscle around my heart was damaged and that my heart has to work harder to pump the blood through my body . Because it was damaged it worked slower and that was the cause of my water retention . In 2001 I had a hysterectomy and since then I’ve been taking my 1 2mg Estrofem per day .Which Vital tablets can I take that will do the same as the Lasix ? The Plenish K I have to take to balance out to salt content in my body .
Daniella

Expert's Reply

Hi there

Firstly, I strongly suggest you contact your local clinic or a government hospital – I know it’s not always easy or pleasant, but they should be able to provide you with more affordable medication. Ask your doctor for assistance with this. If he/she won’t help, go to another doctor while you still have medical aid.

Furosemide is the generic form of Lasix – perhaps your pharmacist can advise on the cheapest generic for this drug.

If you have heart damage, this is irreversible, and you should be taking medication to help with this.

I really don’t want to scare you but you need to keep an eye on this or it could become problematic or even lead to heart or kidney failure if you don’t take care of your general health (ie eating right, exercising, not smoking, avoiding junk food, etc.

Read the following about heart health:

http://www.vital.co.za/cms/article/eat-your-heart-out/

http://www.vital.co.za/cms/article/the-heart-of-the-matter/

You can try using Buchu to help with water retention as this is a diuretic – start at 1 capsule (Vital Buchu) daily & see how it goes. You can work your way up to 3 maximum. Just please keep an eye on yourself and how you feel, and consult a doctor immediately if anything doesn’t feel right. Check your blood pressure regularly too.

I also suggest taking an omega 3 fatty acid supplement, eg Vital Omega 3 Concentrate, as this is very important for heart health, as well as the nervous system, immune function, and general health.

In addition a magnesium supplement, e.g. Vital Magnesium complex, is probably a good idea because it’s needed for nerve-muscle transmission, and is important for heart contractions.

I hope this helps.

Take care!

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