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Dr. Andrew Rynne
Dr. Andrew Rynne

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Exp 50 years

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How can breathing difficulty due to water retention in lungs be treated?

Hello Dr. Rynne............My dad (age 90) stopped taking his water pills in August because of side effects and he is now having breathing problems due to water build-up. He has started taking the water pills again (yesterday). How long will it take for him to notice improvement?
Fri, 13 Jul 2018
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Hello and Welcome to ‘Ask A Doctor’ service.
I have reviewed your query and here is my advice.

Dear he may be suffering from may be cardiac failure or liver failure or kidney failure in water retention will takes place. So need to check which part of is not functioning and treat the cause. Pulmonary edema may recover from 12-24 hours after taking medication with ionotropic agent.

Hope I have answered your query.
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