Question: What are the commonly used diuretics in the treatment of heart failure?
Answer: The most commonly used diuretic that you will likely be placed on is called the loop diuretic. The trade name is Lasix, the generic name is furosemide. There are other loop diuretics of the same class that you might also be given. That's by far the most common. Alternative diuretics include thiazide diuretics, and they tend to be used in association with a loop diuretic to augment their effect. One in particular would be metolazone, which is sometimes called the booster diuretic -- again, a thiazide diuretic -- to boost the effects of the loop diuretic.