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Its known that water pills can help you lose weight soo im asking can a doctor give them to a person to help them lose weight?

Its known that water pills can help you lose weight soo im asking can a doctor give them to a person to help them lose weight?

Not real weight loss: Wallaby, while water pills may cause you to lose weight in the first few days, this is not considered true weight loss, and in fact the continued use of diuretics (or water pills) for weight loss can be dangerous. The best way to approach weight loss is through altering the diet, and exercise. For some people who are extremely obese, specific weight loss medications may be helpful. ...Read more

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Lose Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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I weight 241 i want to lose weight is it aleuts if i take diet water pills and lipizene ?

I weight 241 i want to lose weight is it aleuts if i take diet water pills and lipizene ?

Water & diet pill: My philosophy is that the best way to lose weight is not by dieting or a pill, but by changing your lifestyle to a healthier one. You don't need a drastic diet. Make small changes. Eat the right portions, eat 3-5 small meals a day, cut back on carbs and sugars, increase lean protein/veggie/fruit/water intake, & start doing some cardiovascular exercise. Water/diet pills are not the answer. ...Read more

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What is the most unhealthiest way to lose weight fast? Is it laxitives, bulemia, water pills or a combination of all three?

What is the most unhealthiest way to lose weight fast? Is it laxitives, bulemia, water pills or a combination of all three?

There is none: Successful, long lasting weight loss is difficult and cannot be done quickly, at least outside of medical care. None of the remedies you suggest will safely result in long term wieght loss. ...Read more

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Are "water pills'' okay for me to lose the excess water in my body. I feel bloted sometimes...And can I get water pills over the counter?

Are "water pills'' okay for me to lose the excess water in my body. I feel bloted sometimes...And can I get water pills over the counter?

Not a good idea: It's not good to take diuretics just because you're swollen or feel 'bloated, ' and you can't get them over the counter in the United States. If you have swelling in the feet you should find out why. Causes include heart disease, kidney disease, and peripheral vascular disease (venous insufficiency). If it's the latter, sodium restriction, leg elevation, and support stockings are best. ...Read more

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Can you lose weight on water pills? If so how long does it take?

Can you lose weight on water pills? If so how long does it take?

Yes, but . . . : All you lose on water pills is water weight. Actually not just water but body fluids and certain mineral electrolytes which if not replenished can cause you health problems. You do not lose body fat which should be the aim of any weight loss program. Consider paleolithic style eating. ...Read more

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What water pills thats over-the-counter that is go I have chf. I don't have a doctor i don't have the money.

What water pills thats over-the-counter that is go I have chf. I don't have a doctor i don't have the money.

None: You may want to find a clinic that can see you. Many CHF meds are available at WalMart as part of their $4/month, $10/3 months program. I have many patients on generic meds doing well. Please find a clinic you can go to. Heart failure can be treated very well these days. ...Read more

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Why does the over the counter water pill with aleve (naproxen) make me gain water weight instead of losing it? i stopped taking it and now im in the bathrm a lot

Why does the over the counter water pill with aleve (naproxen) make me gain water weight instead of losing it? i stopped taking it and now im in the bathrm a lot

●Kidney damage – Using NSAIDs, even for a short time, can harm the kidneys. They are especially risky in people who already have kidney disease.: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs inhibit renal prostaglandin synthesis and can exacerbate edema in patients with underlying heart failure or cirrhosis SEE: 62.Clive DM, Stoff JS. Renal syndromes associated with nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs. N Engl J Med 1984; 310:563. I am unaware of an OTC diuretic on the market-please enlighten. ...Read more

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How much weight can you lose a day with water pills?

How much weight can you lose a day with water pills?

Water pills: Water loss never represents true weight loss. Your weight may vary by a couple of pounds based on water retention but you should never consider water lost to be real weight loss. Your body tightly regulates fluid retention so when you start drinking again the weight will come back. ...Read more

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How much water weight can you lose in 1 week by taking water pills?

How much water weight can you lose in 1 week by taking water pills?

Depends: Presuming no excess fluid (patients in heart failure for instance carry around extra fluid) you can loose quite a bit of water weight using diuretics as a large % body weight is actually water. Wrestlers sometimes will lose 20+ lbs with a mixture of sweating and diuretics in order to "make weight". This is not healthy however. If you want to lose fat (instead of water) eat healthy real food. ...Read more

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Hooked on herbal water pills. Trying to lose water weight and an addiction to salt. How to get off water pills and normalize kidney function. Help!

Hooked on herbal water pills.  Trying to lose water weight and an addiction to salt.  How to get off water pills and normalize kidney function. Help!

Just stop.: You are actually harming yourself i you take water pills instead of staying on a healthy diet low in salt. Talk to your doctor and let him know about your problem.It is dangerous to tamper with OTC drugs without notifying your doctor especially if you are taking other medications. ...Read more

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Is there any over-the-counter water pill that i buy before i state my weight loss program?I really need to do that or master cleanse.

Is there any over-the-counter  water pill that i buy before i state my weight loss program?I really need to do that or master cleanse.

Oh my, diuretics are: Not the right way to start a weight loss program. Often, this can lead to laxatives, then inducing emesis, starvation or over- exercising. I would encourage you to drink at least 8 - 8 ounce glasses of water per day (not diuresing off your fluids). ...Read more

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I am unable to lose weight i eat salads and exercise constantly the doctors won't perscribe me anything what is the best over-the-counter aid?

I am unable to lose weight i eat salads and exercise constantly the doctors won't perscribe me anything what is the best over-the-counter aid?

Thyroid: If you are eating properly and exercising regularly with no results, you need blood work to check your thyroid levels. If your doctor refuses, find a new one. ...Read more

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I Have really been trying to lose weight. I have been walking/cardio.are there any appetite suppressant that I could take over the counter? desperate

I Have really been trying to lose weight. I have been walking/cardio.are there any appetite suppressant that I could take over the counter? desperate

Appetite: It is best to change your way of eating to a healthy diet instead of appetite suppressant. Since that would be a temporary effect and not a long term weight loss management. Have low calorie foods on hand such as cut up vegetables so you can satisfy your hunger in a healthy way . Good luck ! ...Read more

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What over-the-counter medications are available to help lose weight?

What over-the-counter medications are available to help lose weight?

None sorry. try this: Make sure you exercise at least 30 minutes a day, don't skip meals, avoid soda, juice, dairy, alcohol and fried foods. Eat a healthy well balanced diet! also water, organic vegetable broth, green leafy vegetables, natural pickles, apples are great to fill you up so you dont feel hungry and they are very low in calories. ...Read more

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I have a BMI of 47.7. What are ways i can lose weight with no access to a gym? Any over-the-counter prescriptions to help?

I have a BMI of 47.7. What are ways i can lose weight with no access to a gym? Any over-the-counter prescriptions to help?

Food Exercise and Me: One. You do not need a gym to lose weight. You must get outside and walk for 20 to 30 minutes every day at a pace to get your heart beat to 130 bpm. Then you change you diet to include 60% of your calories are proteins, 25% are carbs and 15% are fats. The total amount of calories you can consume in 24 hours is 1500. No diet pills are worth the risk to your health. None really work. ...Read more

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I'm very short and i'm almost 200 pounds, what over-the-counter medicine can help me lose weight?

I'm very short and i'm almost 200 pounds, what over-the-counter medicine can help me lose weight?

None: There are no otc medicines that really are effective, the best way to lose weight is to eliminate the 2 or 3 most important reasons for the weight gain. Here they are: 1. Drinks with sugar--juice, soda 2. Fast foods-burgers, fries 3.Fried foods 4. Skipping meals 5. Bad snacks- chips, cookies, cake, candy if you remove just 2 of these, you can lose 4 lb/per week, just give it a try, 1 day at a tim. ...Read more

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How can I lose fifteen pounds in two weeks without water pills?

How can I lose fifteen pounds in two weeks without water pills?

For most people that: rate of loss is way too fast. Eat healthfully. Try to eat at least 5 servings of vegetables & 4 of fruit per day. Increase nutritional fiber. Avoid refined sugar & junk carbohydrates. Avoid alcohol, sweetened juices, soda & caffeinated beverages. Aim for 7.5 to 8 hrs of sleep / night. Hydrate w at least 64 oz of water / day. Calories burned must > calories consumed. Do both cardio & weight tra ...Read more

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Is taking topamax (topiramate) and water pills for weight loss generally considered safe?

Is taking topamax (topiramate) and water pills for weight loss generally considered safe?

Topiramate & weight: Topiramate (topamax) is often used to suppress binging or snacking. The new obesity medication Qsymia (phentermine and topiramate) is a combination of long acting topamax with Phentermine and is very effective. However, topamax can cause kidney stones so taking it with a diuretic (water pill) could be harmful. Water pills alone are not weight losers, and deplete your body of much needed minerals- sodium, potassium, magnesium. ...Read more

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How can I lose only 2 pounds when taking my first diuretic? Thought I had more water weight than that.

How can I lose only 2 pounds when taking my first diuretic? Thought I had more water weight than that.

Diuretics: Diuretics are not effective medications for weight loss. They are intended for persons who have conditions that cause them to retain excess fluid, such as certain heart or kidney problems. If a person without these problems takes diuretics, what happens is that the diuretics pull fluid out of the circulation system, making you feel faint and dizzy, and then the fluid comes right back. ...Read more

Diuretic (Definition)

By strict definition, a diuretic is any medicine causing increased urination. More practically, a diuretic is a medicine causing the kidney to secrete excess fluid by blocking the re-absorption of either water itself or electrolytes like sodium (primarily), potassium, chloride and bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate). These medicines are effective treatments for many disorders including ...Read more