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What is lost from the body when a person takes a diuretic for weight reduction

A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Ann Block
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Water: A diuretic causes the loss of water. It does not remove fat. It may cause rapid weight loss at first but will not continue to lose unless diet and exe ... Read More
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
51 years experience Cardiology
Diuretics: What is lost in these cases is fluid. The body is mostly water so if you lose significant amounts of water your weight will go down, but not necessari ... Read More
Dr. Rick Koch
Dr. Rick Koch answered
22 years experience Cardiology
Excess fluid but: Also things like potassium.

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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Stuart
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No: All it will do is make you dehydrated and sick. They can cause imbalances in your blood that can be dangerous. They should never be used unless unde ... Read More
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A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
27 years experience Internal Medicine
Diuretics: Should always be taken in the first part of the day and weight loss will help in all areas, blood pressure and nocturia. Sleep apnea is many times par ... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jack Rubin
48 years experience Nephrology and Dialysis
Substitution?: You need to speak to your physician (P) about your feeling bloated when you stop taking diuretics. Your P knows you best and is the one you should ask ... Read More
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A 15-year-old male asked:
Dr. Homa Mahdavi
Specializes in Pediatrics
None: If you had less urine out put than fluid intake it's not dehydration, it's fluid overload and edema. Ascites is accumulation of fluid in the abdomen ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Venkata Chilakapati
23 years experience Cardiology
Diuretic: Yes. Diuretics remove excess fluid from the body and causes weight loss. Please be aware diuretics should not be used primarily for weight reduction.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christian Assad
14 years experience Cardiology
Torsemide: Torsemide is one of the strongest ones
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sergio Schabelman
48 years experience Cardiology
Only excess fluid: Diuretics will only get rid of excess fluid. After that the body gets dehydrated and you could have serious kidney problems. Diuretics are not part o ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Werner
44 years experience Cardiology
See below: Diuretics, since they stimulate urination, should always be taken early in the day. If twice a day is necessary, the 2nd dose should be no later than ... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
51 years experience Cardiology
Diuretic: Why do you need a diuretic? Did you decide this or did your physician? If your physician told you this then let your physician advise you what is appr ... Read More
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