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Can diuretics be taken for weight loss?

Q: Most of the diet pills seem to have similar compositions as that of diuretics. Which are the most common diuretics in India? Are they safe if used for weight loss? Are people prone to gout attacks due to them?

A:Diuretics have absolutely no role in reducing weight and have huge number of side effects including gout, low potassium levels that can affect heart, etc. By temporarily increasing the production of urine, diuretics suck out water, which results in temporary reduction of weight. The moment you drink fluids, the weight increases.

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