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Dx Edema Treatment:

Edema: Fluid Retention in the Legs and Feet

The Merck Manual Home Edition
recognizes a number of different diseases that can cause 'edema':
*heart failure
*nephrotic syndrome
*anemia of chronic inflammation

*[Editor] Removing the accumulated fluid with Loop Diuretics is a temporary measure: attention must be made to find a treatable underlying disease, if possible. In the webpages delegated to Heart Failure and Anemia of Chronic Inflammation, the use of anabolic steroids has for some, been useful.

Medications Used in Treatment:
1. Corticosteroids: prednisone, Medrol®/methyprednisolone; see list
2. Thiazide Diuretics: Microzide®/hydrochlorothiazide, Diuril®/chlorothiazide, methyclothiazide
3. Loop Diuretics: Lasix®/furosemide, Demadex®/torsemide, Bumex®/bumetanide, Edecrin®/ethacrynic acid
4. Potassium Sparing: Dyazide® Maxide®/hydrochlorothiaIde/triamterene, amiloride/HCTZ®/amiloride-hydrocholorthiazide, Dyrenium®/triamterene
5. Thiazide-Like: chlorothiazide, Thalitone®/chlorthalidone, Zaroxyolyn®/metolazone
6. Carbonic Anhydrase Inhibitors: acetazolamide

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