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Can you get diarrhea by drinking too much water?

Can you get diarrhea by drinking too much water?

No: Watery is generally well absobed. If you had water toxicity, drank so much water you lowered serum your sodium to a dangerous level, you potentially could have diarrhea but this too would be unusual. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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How much water do you have to drink to get water intoxication?

How much water do you have to drink to get water intoxication?

Water intoxication: This is a rare phenomena and can occur during excessive loss of fluids from vigorous exercise and then drinking large amounts of water without electrolyte replacement. It can also be a psychological problem called "pathological water drinker." the main point here is that electrolytes, esp. Sodium need to stay in balance. Excessive drinking of water over a longer period might cause this. ...Read more

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How much water could you drink before you would get water intoxication?

How much water could you drink before you would get water intoxication?

Varies: Depends on your weight, how much salt you consume and medications you are taking. ...Read more

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Do you get diaharrea from drinking too much water?

Do you get diaharrea from drinking too much water?

Water: No. You can disturb your electrolyte balance by drinking more than a couple gallons per day. But even excessive water drinking will cause increased urination, not diarhea. ...Read more

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Can I get water toxicity from drinking too much orange juice in an hour?

Can I get water toxicity from drinking too much orange juice in an hour?

You can get: Too much sugar into your system if you drink excessive amounts of orange juice, especially if it is canned, not fresh. You can also get excessive acid. Like most things in life, use it in moderation. Bottled juices generally are high in sugar although people often think they are good for us. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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How much water do you have to drink for it to be a problem (water intoxication)?

How much water do you have to drink for it to be a problem (water intoxication)?

1-2 gallons; depends: Quickly drinking lots of water will lower one's blood sodium (salt) level, affecting the brain and heart. The exact amount of water needed to cause damage varies, depending mainly on one's body weight and amount of dehydration. Symptoms include confusion, dizziness, nausea, & seizures from brain swelling. Endurance athletes sweat away sodium, and should rehydrate gradually, with some electrolytes. ...Read more

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How much water do you have to drink for it to be a problem (water intoxication)?

How much water do you have to drink for it to be a problem (water intoxication)?

Depends: It depends upon several things. If you are doing strenuous exercise or working in a hot environment then you will need more water. For most people drinking 6-8 8oz glasses of water a day is plenty. If you drink excessive water your kidneys can not process it and electrolytes get out of balance. This can be serious and cause the heart to get out of rhythm. ...Read more

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How much water can an 8-month-old drink safely/daily without worrying about water intoxication?

How much water can an 8-month-old drink safely/daily without worrying about water intoxication?

Less than 4 ounces.: I would not recommend no more than 2-4 oz of water per day for an infant that age. You would not need to worry about intoxication with volumes that small. ...Read more

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Will drinking 2 quarts of water cause water intoxication?

No it will not: As long as your kidneys are functioning normally, it is not going to cause water intoxication in adults. ...Read more

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I drink 4-6 16.9oz bottles of water daily. Today I had 4 over the course of the day and then 2 within an hour. Could this cause water intoxication?

I drink 4-6 16.9oz bottles of water daily. Today I had 4 over the course of the day and then 2 within an hour. Could this cause water intoxication?

Unlikely: Depending on how many ks you weigh, drinking that much water shouldn't cause you any problems. A normal 70kg individual requires about 1600mL of fluid replenishment by natural losses daily. For heat, sweat, or other losses you would increase accordingly. For every 1 degree above 98 degrees Fahrenheit your daily fluid requirement increases by 125mL/day as well. Many gallons will cause trouble. ...Read more

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I am really scared of water intoxication. I drink 2 litres of squash (about 4/5 water) the hour before sleep. I am worried I will die from overhydrate?

I am really scared of water intoxication. I drink 2 litres of squash (about 4/5 water) the hour before sleep. I am worried I will die from overhydrate?

Fluids: There is nothing wrong with drinking fluids. With normal kidney function you should be fine. Drinking just before sleep may not be a good idea as you will have a very full bladder and may have to get up in the middle of the night ...Read more

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Fear of water intoxication I'm so worried how much can a runner drink?

Fear of water intoxication I'm so worried how much can a runner drink?

Water intoxication: You can generate fluid overload if you obsessively drink too much fluids---remember during long distance running you lose water and sodium so drinking sports drink in moderation should not cause this complication. ...Read more

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Is it possible to suffer from water intoxication drinking about 3 to 4 liters after a heavy meal?

No: Usually seen in psychiatric disorders, water intoxication occurs causing a low sodium level , with generally 15 to 20 liters intake.
The kidney can dilute the urine and get rid of water quite well unless it is overwhelmed with that amount. The sudden lowering of sodium can cause serious neurological problems. ...Read more

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I have to run to the bathroom every 15 min . I have been drinking a lot of water lately. I'm just nervous that it's a sign of water intoxication.

Stomach flu: The stomach flu is caused by a virus that attacks your gastrointestinal system. There is no cure for the stomach flu. The remedies are: good rest, plenty of fluids intake, plain food like crackers, cereal, toast and rice. Take NSAID over the counter and tincture of time. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is the amount of water inned to drink daily, because I drink liters of water daily and now i heared about water intoxication, what is it and how should I control my water consumption?

WHY?: Why drink so much water? Water intoxication is real but rare. There is a silly urban legend about 8 glasses of water a day. Never made sense. Ignore it. Drink "liters"??? If this is OCD look for cognitive behavior therapy from a psychologist. If you have urinary stones, consult a nephrologist. ...Read more

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I drink one or two litres of water an hour before sleep. Will this give me water intoxication, killing me in my sleep?

I drink one or two litres of water an hour before sleep. Will this give me water intoxication, killing me in my sleep?

No: However, most doctors would recommend drinking less water closer to bedtime for a variety of reasons. I would change the interval to 2 hours before bedtime and make sure to go (void) before going to sleep. ...Read more

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During colonoscopy prep, how can you drink so much fluid during such a short period and not suffer from water intoxication?

During colonoscopy prep, how can you drink so much fluid during such a short period and not suffer from water intoxication?

Drink slowly: Drink slowly the liquid as tolerated. Some preparations are "low volume" (2 liters or fewer) and easier to tolerate, and may be the preferred prep if you are concerned about getting full. You will not get intoxicated with water! ...Read more

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From a week I had water intoxication from drinking 8 litres I vomited twice. I made a CT and soduim its normal but the headache continual till now?

From a week I had water intoxication from drinking 8 litres I vomited twice. I made a CT and soduim its normal but the headache continual till now?

See neurologists if: Headaches persist. You do not give the cause of the water intoxication, and how severe it was. It may take a long time before your sodium levels are back to normal, and headache may persist for some time. If it has been a week or more since the correction of your electrolytes and you still have headache, talk to your pcp or ask to see a neurologist. ...Read more

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Can you drown by drinking too much water?

Extremely unlikely: A normal healthy person cannot drown by drinking too much water except in an extremely rare situation. He would have to drink a lot of water, perhaps 1-2 gallons. His blood sodium would be diluted too much, leading to brain swelling and/or seizures (some ways water intoxication kills people). In his semi-conscious state, he vomits water from his stomach, sucks it into his lungs, and drowns. ...Read more

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Can I lose weight by drinking too much water?

No.: Only caloric intake and expenditure affect your weight. Water contains no calories and adds no significant energy expenditure. ...Read more

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Could drinking too much water cause kindey to hurt?

Could drinking too much water cause kindey to hurt?

Water intake: If you are not dehydrated or taking a medication that might signal water retention, then you excrete the water you drink within 2-6 hours. The more you drink, that much is excreted. The kidney can swell some, and this can ache. The ureteral pelvis can swell but would not ache as much. Maximum rate of excretion is about 750--1000 cc per hour. Remember 1000 cc is 1 quart, or 4 cups (8 oz per cup). ...Read more

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Are there side effects from drinking too much water?

Too much water: This can cause water intoxication, severe changes in electolytes especially sodium and lead to edema, seizures, brain damage and death. ...Read more

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Could a headache result from drinking too much water?

Could a headache result from drinking too much water?

Headache remedy: No, in fact water generally will help reduce headache. Too much water can cause electrolyte imbalances, but that's over 150 ounces per day. ...Read more

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If I'm addicted to water, is drinking too much water bad?

Sometimes: If you drink too much water in a short period such as a gallon in a 1 to 2 hour period this can cause hyponatremia which can be dangerous. ...Read more

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Could i be drinking too much water if I am retaining water?

Could i be drinking too much water if I am retaining water?

Salt a bigger issue: If you have normal kidney function, your kidneys can discard excessive fluids you might drink. The bigger issue for water retention is salt intake which makes you retain additional water through hormonal actions and lead to retention. ...Read more

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Can drinking too much water become a habit? If so how can I overcome it?

Can drinking too much water become a habit?  If so how can I overcome it?

Possibly yes: Extreme amounts of drinking water can be a problem, particularly if you aren't loosing alot of water via exercise / sweating. If you are terribly thirsty most of the time, I would suggest you see your doctor and tell him or her what's going on so they can assess you body carefully to see if you have any illness causing the thirst. ...Read more

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What positive and negative effect of drinking too much water a day are there?

What positive and negative effect of drinking too much water a day are there?

What is too much: A person needs at 8-10 full glasses of water each day just to take care of the normal cellular activity of the body. A great deal more than that can cause an electrolyte imbalance in the body. This rarely occurs since the vast majority of people never take the required minimum pr day therefore they are in a continuous state of dehydration. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Diarrhea (Definition)

Diarrhea = increased frequency of stools which ...Read more