Suffering from high blood pressure and worried about osteoporosis?
A group of drugs called thiazides might help in both areas. Thiazides are a class of drugs that can act as diuretics and are commonly prescribed to help lower blood pressure.
Although thiazides have been associated with several negative side effects, recent medical studies show thiazides also help reduce bone loss in men and women.
The “positive side effect” helps lessen the chance of a serious bone fracture. Bone loss is caused when the body takes calcium from the bones.
This reduces the weight and strength of the bones and increases the risk of serious fractures. Thiazide diuretics have actually reduced the speed of this dangerous bone loss.Many brand name blood pressure medications contain thiazide. The drugs that contain at least 50 milligrams of thiazide seem to be the most effective at maintaining good, strong bones.
If you are currently taking a diuretic drug that contains thiazide,talk with your doctor about the side effects — both negative and positive.
10 Drugs that contain thiazide: