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Idiopathic edema

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* Not a rare disease

Other Names for this Disease
  • Idiopathic cyclic edema
  • Idiopathic orthostatic edema
  • Fluid retention syndrome
  • Cyclical edema
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Treatment

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What treatment is available for idiopathic edema?

According to a review article on leg edema,[1] spironolactone is the preferred drug for treating idiopathic edema. If this drug is not effective, the authors suggest that low doses of a thiazide diuretic (for example, hydrochlorothiazide) may be added. This article recommends that the diuretic be taken in the early evening and states that loop diuretics should be avoided. Other suggested measures include lying down periodically throughout the day, avoiding environmental heat, maintaining a low salt diet, and avoiding excessive fluid intake. Losing weight may improve symptoms in obese individuals.

Other reported treatments for idiopathic edema include the herb ginkgo biloba, the blood pressure medicine Captopril, and progesterone, which is found in birth control pills.[2]
Last updated: 12/9/2008

References
  1. Ely JW, Osheroff JA, Chambliss ML, Ebell MH. J Am Board Fam Med. 2006; 19:148-160. http://www.jabfm.org/cgi/content/full/19/2/148. Accessed 12/9/2008.
  2. Jelovsek FR. Idiopathic cyclic edema. Women's Diagnostic Cyber Web site. http://www.wdxcyber.com/ngen17.htm. Accessed 12/9/2008.


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Other Names for this Disease
  • Idiopathic cyclic edema
  • Idiopathic orthostatic edema
  • Fluid retention syndrome
  • Cyclical edema
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.