|General Details||Drug Class|
Bendrofluazide acts on the ascending arm of the loop of Henle in the kidney, by blocking the
actions of the sodium / potassium pumps that move sodium and potassium and hence water from
the renal filtrate back into the blood, thus increasing urine production and water loss from
the body. The excretion of sodium and potassium is also increased.
Bendrofluazide is commonly used to treat hypertension and congestive heart failure by lowering
blood volume. It is also used to reduce pre-menstrual oedema.
|Manufacturer's Names ™||Availability|
|Prescription only||Over the counter|
Aprinox, Berkozide, Neo-Naclex
Centyl-K, Corgaretic, Inderetic
Inerex, Neo-NaClex-K, Prestim
|How Taken||Dosage||Duration of Action||Dietry Advice|
|Tablets||2.5 - 10 mg day||6 - 12 hours||
This drug leads to the loss of potassium in the urine.
Therefore eat foods rich in potassium such as fruit and veg
Drink plenty of fluids
|Side Effects||Chiropractic Considerations|
Muscle weakness and spasm may occur due to potassium loss |
May alter muscle reflexes.
Light headedness and vertigo when standing up.
|Drug Interactions||Special Precautions|
Aspirin increases the bio-availability of acetazolamide
therefore may increase side effects
Bendrofluazide may increase blood levels of lithium drugs
Increased risk of cardiac-arrhythmias if used with digoxin
Not to be taken during pregnancy
Increased adverse reactions in old age