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I was wondering is dark urine only a sign of dehydration?

I was wondering is dark urine only a sign of dehydration?

It is one cause: It can also be a sign that other issues are involved, like kidney disease or damage, liver disease, etc. It all depends on what is found in the urine. ...Read more

Urine (Definition)

Urine is the product of the kidneys, which is produced to eliminate the waste products of metabolism, manage body fluid balance, &maintain acid-base balance. The blood is first filtered by the kidneys, and the composition of the resulting fluid is then altered depending on the body's needs. It is composed of mostly water, and breakdown products from blood cells impart ...Read more


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What can mimic the signs of a UTI besides dehydration? No burning or stinging, just dark urine sometimes & weird odor always (i'm extremely hydrated)

What can mimic the signs of a UTI besides dehydration? No burning or stinging, just dark urine sometimes & weird odor always (i'm extremely hydrated)

Typical signs of UTI: Are burning, pain with urination, hesitancy. Urine can be cloudy or blood-tinged but not dark. Unless dark urine is new or all the time it is not typically concerning. ...Read more

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Dark urine no smell in am/hrs of no peeing/water gets lighter w/ water, could be bile duct/liver/kidney prob. Or just dehydration daily usually?

Dark urine no smell in am/hrs of no peeing/water gets lighter w/ water, could be bile duct/liver/kidney prob. Or just dehydration daily usually?

Normal: Likely daily normal variation. If you have otherwise symptoms please mention them to your doctor. A urine sample with microscopic should answer your question. ...Read more

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Can you have really dark urine just from being only a little dehydrated?

Can you have really dark urine just from being only a little dehydrated?

Eye of the beholder: Really dark from little dehydrated is all relative as you may notice. But practically if you play whatever sport match and forgot to bring your water and, to start with, you were not well hydrated you will have really dark urine. ...Read more

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Dark urine even after drinking plenty of water. Dehydrated?

Dark urine even after drinking plenty of water. Dehydrated?

Possible: Dark urine may be from dehydration as well as blood in the urine or from diet beets redden the urine and b vitamins can make the urine strongly yellow. ...Read more

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I have strong smelling, cloudy, dark urine. I am retaining fluids in my lower extremities although I drink plenty of water, not dehydrated. Problem?

I have strong smelling, cloudy, dark urine. I am retaining fluids in my lower extremities although I drink plenty of water, not dehydrated. Problem?

Uti: A smelly and cloudy urine suggest urinary tract infection, specially if accompanied by burning sensation when you urinate. This should be diagnosed with urinalysis and culture. As for retaining of fluids on lower extremities it could be from a kidney disease that is associated with the cloudy urine, like nephrotic syndrome, or other problems like liver and cardiac disease. ...Read more

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Is dark urine only a sign of dehydrated kidneys or could it be a sign of liver toxicity? Have been taking more muscle relaxers than usual & worried.

Is dark urine only a sign of dehydrated kidneys or could it be a sign of liver toxicity? Have been taking more muscle relaxers than usual & worried.

Dark urine could be: A sign of many possible y defying conditions. It seems as if you need to have some basic blood work to check liver and kidney function first. Also you may want to ease up on the muscle relaxers and try physical therapy. ...Read more

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When a persons urine is dark enough to be orange is this dehydration?

When a persons urine is dark enough to be orange is this dehydration?

Dark urine: Urine which is orange/dark yellow is usually indicative of decreased water intake. However, urine which is red/black is alarming and you should see your physician. Try hydrating and see if urine clears up. ...Read more

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If urine is dark yellow, is that dehydration or excess vitamins?

If urine is dark yellow, is that dehydration or excess vitamins?

Both are possible: Other causes are jaundice or small amounts of blood. If it persists despite good hydration you should definitely have a urinalysis performed and see your primary care provider. ...Read more

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What causes dark urine with bubbles on top?

What causes dark urine with bubbles on top?

Several items: Dark urine could represent dehydration with concentrated urine. It could also represent blood in the urine or even abnormalities of liver function causing jaundice. Frothy urine with bubbles often represents increased phosphate levels and is rarely significant. ...Read more

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What are the common causes for dark urine / blood in the urine?

What are the common causes for dark urine / blood in the urine?

Many things: Infection, increased bilirubin (which can be from a liver problem or blood destruction). There is a rare disorder called paroxsymal nocturnal hemoglobinuria. Could be bleeding from the kidney. The most common would be an infection. ...Read more

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What causes dark urine color?

What causes dark urine color?

Dark: Dehydration most commonly. It could be blood however or bile. Get it checked. ...Read more

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What's the cause of dark urine?

What's the cause of dark urine?

Dehydration: Urine can appear dark for may reasons, but the most common is from relative dehydration. When the kidneys are trying to conserve water they decrease the amount of water excreted, and the urine is more concentrated and appears darker. I would suggest increasing fluid intake. ...Read more

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What are some causes of dark urine pain?

What are some causes of dark urine pain?

Several: Several causes of dark urine inlcude blood or blood clots, infections, inflammation of the urinary tract, trauma, kidney stones, and cancer. Dark urine should be evaluated to determine the presence of any of the findings for appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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What are some causes of peeing dark urine and having pelvic pain?

What are some causes of peeing dark urine and having pelvic pain?

Exam: Dark urine can indicate possible serious kidney issues. Get to your family doctor. ...Read more

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What are some causes of dark urine and belly pain?

So many: There are too many to go into. Dark urine could b from dehydration and and pain due to infection or inflammation can lead to dehydration. Other reason would b blockage or bile duct which leads to spilling of bile into urine making it dark. U need to b seen in person to figure out what's going on. ...Read more

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Can cranberry supplements cause dark urine?

Can cranberry supplements cause dark urine?

Cranberry: Possible but fluids drank also important factor. ...Read more

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Can interstitial cystitis sometimes cause dark urine?

Can interstitial cystitis sometimes cause dark urine?

Maybe: This is a chronic nonbacterial bladder inflammation which can produce components leading to darker than usual. But then again there are other causes including lack of fluid intake leading the kidneys to concentrate urine. ...Read more

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Do electrolytes in smart water cause strong smelling/dark urine the way sodas can? Should I only drink electrolyte-free water?

No: No. You may be prone to dehydration if you have dark urine. Try drinking regular tap water, smart water, bottled water, etc., any type of water. Drink less soda, coffe, tea. ...Read more

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I'm on azathioprine and pentasa (mesalamine) tablets, can these cause very dark urine?

I'm on azathioprine and pentasa (mesalamine) tablets, can these cause very dark urine?

Liver issues?: Azathioprine can lead to liver function abnormalities. Please get your liver blood tests and urinalysis done asap. ...Read more

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Can one dose of Ativan (lorazepam) or Propranolol cause tremors and dark urine? About to see cardiology today. Just wondering.

Not that I know of: Both drugs, in fact, REDUCE tremor in most people. Dark urine is usually just related to dehydration, but if you are normally hydrated and it still appears dark, a urinalysis is the place to at least start. Cannot tell you what is going on without a more complete history of the problem, as well as more medical information. Talk to your cardiologist about it. ...Read more

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Fever ~103 for ~3 days; saw nurse prac. UA showed mod. Bilirubin. Small amt. Of dark urine (not normal for me). Could dehyd'n cause? Fever now gone.

Fever ~103 for ~3 days; saw nurse prac. UA showed mod. Bilirubin. Small amt. Of dark urine (not normal for me). Could dehyd'n cause? Fever now gone.

Acute hepatitis: You may have had a case of an acute viral hepatitis. You can be tested for this quite easily. See your doctor. Although the dark urine could be due to dehydration the bilirubin in your urine suggests another cause. ...Read more

Dr. Edward Kuhnley
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Dark Urine (Definition)

Urine tends to be golden yellow from uric acid excretion. Brown or red suggests hemolysis, i.e. dark urine. Many causes, from trauma, infection, neoplasia, etc. We should all strive for crystal clear urine. ...Read more


Dr. Ashu Syal
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Dehydration (Definition)

The excessive loss of body water, with an accompanying ...Read more