Benefits of water pills?

United States
March 28, 2008 5:22pm CST
I have heard controversial information about the benefits of taking a water pill. What does a water pill do? Does it help to lose excess weight or does it prevent weight loss? I would love to hear from folks who take water pills. Do you have a prescription or do you purchase them over the counter? What are your thoughts on this issue?
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@sedel1027 (17855)
• United States
28 Mar 08
My MIL takes them - although she finds a pot of strong coffee to be just as effective. They just help get rid of excess water. Like if you have puffy ankles caused by water retention.
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• United States
28 Mar 08
Do you know if they prevent people from losing weight or do they help people lose?
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@sedel1027 (17855)
• United States
28 Mar 08
They can help you loose weight but it is just water weight and won't be too much. If you stop taking the pills whatever weight you take off will just come back.
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@gemini_rose (16193)
28 Mar 08
My mum used to take water pills, the reason she had to take them was because she had a problem with her kidneys and so the kidneys were not getting rid of her water effectively, so she was retaining it and water pills help to get rid of it. She never lost weight on them. Hers were given to her through prescription, I am not sure if you can purchase them over the counter or not. http://www.wisegeek.com/what-are-water-pills.htm This is information about water pills and what they do and what the dangers can be. It might be helpful to you.
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• United States
28 Mar 08
Thanks Gemini. Someone told me that they take water pills and they are preventing them from losing weight. So thats why I posted this.. my dad just started taking them.
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@Breath (1297)
• United States
28 Mar 08
They help your body get rid of extra water.Thats all I know about them.
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• United States
28 Mar 08
Yes, thats what I've heard as well.
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• United States
28 Mar 08
i take them everyday..
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• United States
28 Mar 08
And the benefits to you are?
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• United States
31 Mar 08
These pills are very dangerous. Doctors prescribe them to help with hypertension, congestive heart failure, and some other diseases. They help get rid of excess fluid build up in the body. Now the draw back. You must be checked frequently for kidney function because it does affect your kidneys. Along with removing excess fluid it also removes some of the vitamins and minerals your body needs to function, such as potassium. people try and use these pills as weight loss methods, but there is much more danger than people realize, and when you stop them, the weight will come right back. So if you need to lose, do it the healthy way, diet and exercise.