There are a few essential medications for people that have been diagnosed with congestive heart failure and it's important to discuss them with your cardiologist
. First, everyone should be on a beta-blocker as you have been. The two most common beta blockers used are metoprolol succinate and carvedilol. The second essential medication is an ACE inhibitor. The most commonly used ACE inhibitor is lisinopril. Depending on the severity of the congestive heart failure, the addition of spironolactone or eplerenone might be helpful. The diuretics you mentioned are also sometimes used, but this is only if people complain of fluid retention. If you struggle with fluid retention, fluid overload, or fluid in the lungs, then a diuretic usually is the next medicine added. Edecrin is one type of diuretic, but there are others that are used more commonly. Most of them can result in low potassium so most people need to be on potassium supplementation. The best physician for you to discuss these issues with is a board certified cardiologist. He or she will need to follow you over the years to make sure that the doses of your medications are correct. You should also be monitored with periodic imaging of the heart usually with an echocardiogram
. This way your doctor
will know in advance if your heart is getting worse.