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Q: i need a diuretic that is sulphur free

I have developed an allergy to sulphur. I was taking Edecrin, but the mfg of it has quit making it. My heart doctor tells me I have high pressure in my heart and need a diuretic.

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Dr. Blaivas, Health Pro
7/24/08 1:49pm

A diuretic that does not contain a sulfonamide group can be used safely in someone with a sulfa allergy.  In addition to ethacrynic acid (Edecrin) these include amiloride, triamterene, spironolactone, and eplernone.  It is also unclear whether or not there is significant cross-reactivity, between someone with an allergy to a sulfa antibiotic and a sulfa diuretic, so other medications may be safe as well.  Talk the options over with your doctor.

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By LindaLu, Community Member— Last Modified: 07/23/12, First Published: 07/05/08