A diuretic is anything — food, drink, or medicine — that increases the flow of urine. In other words, it makes you pee.

Usually, going "number one" is no big deal, but sometimes people have trouble going. That's where diuretics come in: they make you urinate more. A common reason to take diuretics would be a problem with your kidneys. Taking a diuretic can be very important in getting excess water and also toxins out of your body. Coffee and alcohol aren't usually recommended by doctors, but they're also diuretics since they tend to make you urinate.

Definitions of diuretic
  1. noun
    any substance that tends to increase the flow of urine, which causes the body to get rid of excess water
    synonyms: diuretic drug, water pill
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    Hygroton, Thalidone, chlorthalidone
    a diuretic (trade names Hygroton and Thalidone) used to control hypertension and conditions that cause edema; effective in lowering blood pressure to prevent heart attacks
    Edecrin, ethacrynic acid
    diuretic (trade name Edecrin) used to treat edema
    Lasix, furosemide
    commonly used diuretic (trade name Lasix) used to treat hypertension and edema
    Lozal, indapamide
    diuretic (trade name Lozal) used in the treatment of hypertension
    Osmitrol, mannitol
    a diuretic (trade name Osmitrol) used to promote the excretion of urine
    any of a group of drugs commonly used as diuretics in the treatment of hypertension; they block the reabsorption of sodium in the kidneys
    Diuril, chlorothiazide
    a diuretic drug (trade name Diuril) used in the treatment of edema and hypertension
    Esidrix, HydroDIURIL, Microzide, hydrochlorothiazide
    a diuretic drug (trade name Microzide, Esidrix, and HydroDIURIL) used in the treatment of hypertension
    diuretic used to treat hypertension and edema
    Naqua, trichlormethiazide
    diuretic drug (trade name Naqua) used to treat hypertension
    type of:
    a substance that is used as a medicine or narcotic
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