A diuretic is a substance that removes water from the body by promoting urine formation and the loss of salt (sodium).
Caffeine and alcohol are common diuretics.
Diuretic medicines include furosemide, hydrochlorothiazide, and spironolactone. These medicines may be used to help treat conditions such as heart failure, hypertension, or liver or kidney disease.
Current as of: April 29, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine & Lesley Ryan MD - Family Medicine
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