Water Pill Review

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What You Should Know

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The first, and most important thing you should know about water pills is that they are not diet pills. In fact, there is no real weight lost by utilizing water pills. The only weight loss that is experienced as a result of water pills is the loss of a few vanity pounds that may be the result of excess water. Unfortunately, even using water pills for this purpose may carry some serious health risks and is not at all advised.

There are some times when the use of water pills is recommended and they include: excessive swelling as a result of retaining water, for the treatment of high blood pressure, and to remove certain toxins from the body.

There are essentially three types of water pills: loop diuretics (which work by blocking the absorption of sodium), thiazides (which function much like loop diuretics), and the potassium-sparing variety of water pill. This water pill aids the body in keeping potassium while getting rid of sodium. Mother nature also provides a few natural diuretics that function much like water pills. Among them are: coffee, goldenrod, parsley, and juniper. You should be very careful when using these ingredients or water pills so that you do not trigger an electrolyte imbalance, low blood pressure or other problems.

List of Ingredients

Calcium carbonate, acacia, corn starch, magnesium stearate, mineral oil, talc, triacetin, polyethylene glycol, polysorbate, maltodextrin, methylene blue, stearic acid, silica, shellac, crospovidone, dicalcium phosphate, hypromellose, and microcrystalline cellulose.

Product Features

Water pills may provide immediate results as far as the scale or your jeans can tell, but the results are temporary at best and could very well be dangerous when water pills are used as part of a long term strategy for keeping your weight down. Water is a heavy substance and losing a bit of water weight can feel great when you see it register on the scale, but the risks are certainly not worth the relatively small (and temporary) reward.

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Advantages

  • Effects are almost immediate.
  • Can lower blood pressure.
  • May reduce swelling.

Disadvantages

  • Long term use of water pills for weight loss can cause low blood pressure.
  • May cause electrolyte imbalances.
  • Provides no genuine or lasting results.
  • Encourages the idea of a quick fix rather than sustainable actions and results.
  • Some individuals felt ill after use. (See reader comments.)

Conclusion

Water pills may seem like such a simple solution to small weight loss needs. The problem is that the results are not lasting and the cure can, in this case, be worse than the disease. If you are struggling with a few vanity pounds it is best to find a more sustainable course of action to attack those pounds, rather than pursuing the quick but temporary weight loss that water pills promise. All in all, the rewards are not worth the risk to your health that using these pills can create. This is simply not a weight loss solution and should never be used for that particular purpose.

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27 User Reviews about Water Pill

  • 1
    Lorraine

    I get really sWillen abroad with the heat and flying. Would this help as a very short term solution? It can be painful.

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    Craig White

    Do I have to take a water pill every day I don’t have no swelling in my legs or arms. What another way to tell if I need one.

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    Jennifer

    I’m using diurex ultra. Are these one of the “bad” water pills that will strip me of everything I need? Any advice is better than none. I just got them because I’ve been so bloated and uncomfortable lately. My period is irregular and I have never been this bloated EVER! So I got the diurex to help for some immoderate relief! I’ve taken 2 doses of 2 pills withing 4 hrs as the package states. What do you “suggest”?

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  • 4
    Dallas

    Does these pills hold water or eliminates water from the body. I use these pills but have recently lost 16 lbs. of water from my muscle areas in 4 days while sick with a severe infection. I was like a water-bed that was drained. It was shocking to see the affects of water loss.

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    jackie

    I have meineres disease which the doc gave me 25mg water pill was on them ayear 3mon ago told me to go off them and now dizzeness is come back

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    Liz

    I have poor circulation in my legs. Hi humidity makes the ankles swell. I also have high blood pressure taking 5mg Rampril .Started that at age of 50 ..50 was a fantastic year lost 40ibs left the the guy that stressed me. Then doc says I should take the water pill. Well, you listen to your doc? Since I’ve been on it.. I’ve gained back the weight .which is weird because I’m hi energy! Eat very healthy! Can I safely take myself off this pill?

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  • 7
    Jo McCool

    I have trouble with my legs ‘going to sleep’ if I take more than one water pill even of a morning. I think it is because you need water for a good flow of blood to have good circulation. If you are dehydrated, then there isn’t a good flow. I am just guessing at this.

    My problem is I have water in my stomach area and face and ankles. I can get it off of my ankles if I prop them up higher than my heart, but can’t figure out what to do for my stomach area water.

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  • 8
    MaryHelen Ferguson

    I take the water pill but also take potassium pill to balance electrilites…feel great…do have to go alot to get rid of water…

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    Anonymous

    Do you take them together like soon as you can the water pill you take the potassium right behind it and have you maintained your weight lose if any and also do you exercise ? Thanks

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  • 9
    Mel Rethlake

    since i have been on the water pill my legs have been hurting and i feel like i can hardly move/walk

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    paul

    I had the same thing I had to go to the Hospital and to have more water removed.. related to congestive heart failure.. While changing seriously your food diet, eliminating also I salt, sugar is great for diabetes and heart problems ..

    If you get cramps with the water pills learn to control the amount of pills you take.. reduce them a little..

    I am also amazed how so many people are so stupid that they do now think one simple instant solution will solve their heart problems, or Diabetes when that took years to develope now too..

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  • 10
    ernest

    I have a very mild swelling in only my right ankle. Docs seem to push the pill. My problem may be due to an ankle injury year ago. What can i do to help control? I exercise, drink tea (diuretic)

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    John Rudolph

    I had a Thrombose(Blood Clot) a couple years ago and since then my one leg swells up. The Doc said not to worry it is just water. Can I take these pills?

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  • 12
    Crystal

    For me water pills cause me to become dehydrated even drinking 64oz or more of water a day. I was taking them in conjunction with an appetite suppressant called Adipex-P prescribed to me at a weight loss clinic. This led to extreme constant constipation, to the extent where I couldnt go for a week and had to take various extreme measures to cause bowel movements. This obviously doesnt happen to everyone but I just wanted to put it out there for anyone who is considering this or who may be having this issue and not realizing it is being caused by the water pill.

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  • 13
    Helen Prosperi

    I have been told by a pharmacist that all water pills will eventually cause you to be diabetic and particularly if you are predisposed to the disease. Is this true?

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  • 14
    135

    I used it today to lose a few pounds in wrestling I felt it as soon as I took it I pissed 8 times today and lost 8 pounds I got sweatty and hot it helped me focus more I encourge it for fast weight lose even with a minor leg crap

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    Anonymous

    i am a wrestler too, i have 12 to lose in 3 days will this help me out alot? and what kind of the water pills did you buy and how many did you take a day?

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  • 15
    judy

    Hi I am on a few water pills daily for “Congestive Heart Failure and high blood pressure {it is actually low to normal}I am on 160mg of Teva-Furosemide and ZOROXOLYN 2.5 MG AND have started to take an extra 80mg of apo-Furosemide..this one I take on my own without Dr. consent as I am sick and tired of being so swollen all ove. Last time in hospital 32kilos of water was removed through the use of iv water pills. My question is how safe is this that I am taking the extra on a daily basis..I do find I am not swelling as much.

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    Steff, RN

    Takin any extra medication without a doctors consent is generally a bad idea.
    As mentioned above, you must be careful with diuretics. It is not safe to toy with your dose without the docs say so. He/she prescribes what is safe*. I understand the swelling may be uncomfortable, but self medicating could interfere with other meds, and extra diuretics could make you lose too much of what you need causing an imbalance (fluid, electrolyte) which could be very bad I.e. low blood pressure, syncope (passing out), Which could lead to serious injury, irregular heart rhythms, muscle cramping, so on.
    I would let your doc know you are unhappy with the regimen and if it is SAFE they will change it.

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    Darol

    I am under a doctor’s care every few days. I am taking 160 mgs of Furosemide every day. I can’t get over 10 minutes away from the bathroom for about 10 hours. I have had strokes and my legs and feet have almost doubled in size. finally the swelling has started to go down, bit it is slow. I have to get blood work done quite often. I think my leg swelling has damaged one hip; I’m not sure, but it is almost impossible to walk. I’m trying to learn about the side effects of taking this much Furosemide. I sleep in a recliner every night. Can anyone relate to my story?

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  • 16
    Hiyahad

    My blood pressure is down, should I continue to take my water 25mg waterpill? I also take 40mg of Diovan.

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  • 17
    franklin bush

    doctoer has me on waterpill i had light strock but not affected i go to bathroom even when i dont take pill a lot when i take pill i cant go away as i have to go to much i dont think i need it my blood pressue is 136/77r

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  • 18
    Judy Landacre

    I GET CHARLIE HORSES ONCE IN AWHILE BUT THEY USUALLY GO AWAY WHEN I GET UP AND WALK AROUND, BUT THE OTHER MORNING, I WAS IN SO MUCH PAIN FROM MY TOES CLEAR THROUGH MY STOMACH, ARMS, BACK OF MY HEAD, I COULDN’T WALK, SIT DOWN, LAY DOWN, I STARTED SWEATING AND MY LEGS WERE BURNING AND I FELT LIKE I WAS GOING TO GET SICK. I HAVE NEVER BEEN IN THAT MUCH PAIN IN MY ENTIRE LIFE AND I AM NOW 60 YRS OLD. MY BOYFRIEND TRIED TO RUB IT OUT LIKE HE DOES SOMETIMES BUT THAT WASN’T WORKING EITHER, SO I HAD HIM CALL 911 AND THEY TOOK ME OUT TO THE ER. THEY RAN BLOOD WORK, BUT IT ALL CAME BACK OKAY, THEY GAVE ME A MUSCLE RELAXER AND THAT WAS A LIFE SAVER. THEY THOUGHT MAYBE IT WAS MY PRAVATATIN OR MY WATER PILL, HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE. BUT I HAVE BEEN ON MY WATER PILL FOR AWHILE. THE CHOSTEROL PILL I WAS ON 40M AND ABOUT 2 OR 3 WKS AGO THEY UPPED IT TO 80M. THE PHARMACY THAT I GO TO, THINKS THAT THEY UPPED IT TO HIGH AND THAT STATIN IN IT CAN CAUSE MUSCLE CRAMPS, THEN THE GIRL IN THE ER SAID THAT IT COULD BE MY WATER PILL, BUT THAT IS HELPING TO KEEP MY BLOOD PRESSURE DOWN AND I HADN’T HAD ANY MAJOR PROBLEMS UNTIL THEY UPPED THAT PRAVASTATIN. DO YOU THINK IT COULD HAVE BEEN MY WATER PILL, I DON’T KNOW REALLY OF THE SIDE EFFECTS FOR MY WATER PILL. HOPE YOU CAN HELP ME, I AM GOING TO TRY TO GET INTO MY DOCTOR ON MONDAY, I STILL AM WONDERING WHAT CAUSES ALL THAT PAIN. SOME ONE THOUGHT THAT I MIGHT HAVE HAD A BLOOD CLOT.

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    Randy

    I had the same problem with leg cramping and was on a water pill which DR.took me off of. I still had leg cramping problems after he took me off water pill until I read the book called the PH Miracle and now I don’t have them anymore. It was an answer to prayer for me for i too thought it was blood clots but I now know it was cramps which are very painful and you feel that they will never go away. So read the book and learn what causes leg cramps.

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    Anonymous

    You have to take a potassium pill to avoid leg cramping or eat foods high in potassium

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  • 19
    livey

    water pills actually make me sick

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    NEZ

    yup I vomitted right after I took it!!!!

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