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Recently, a forum member with the sign-in of Lester kept popping up recommending diuretics for urinary retention and even in lieu of BPH surgeries, at various discussions. I asked Lester how he came up with the idea. His answer was "My doctor gave me diuretic and I now feel great."
I thoght I understood the mechanics of diuretics. They will turn liquid in your body into urine more quickly then normal, and the kidneys will dump it into the bladder. I did not see how it can help emptying the bladder, or removing the BPH obstruction. I tried to explain that to Lester, with no avail.
Since I have access to a diuretic and I am currently self cathing, I decided to do a experiment, just in case there is some truth in Lester's suggestion. I took 12.5 mg of chlorthalidone, which is a diuretic, for a week, with breakfast, while monitoring my urinary retention. The result is the diuretic did nothing for my urinary bladder retention, whatsoever, just as expected. In addition, I noticed the following :
1. More urine was released during the day. This may help some people with night time urination, perhaps reducing night time trips to the bathroom.
2. My blood pressure was lowered moderately. This might be good for people with high BP. But for me, since my BP was already low, I experienced dizziness while getting up too quickly.
3. I had a bad case of constipation. This is one of the side effects, among many, of diuretics.
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