Can I take diuretics and laxatives at the same time?
Topic: Can I take diuretics and laxatives at the same time?
October 14, 2019 / By Lorena Question:
Ive had trouble doing anything bathroom related recently and each day have been feeling more and more bloated. Im looking to eleviate the problem but im not sure if its same to take both medications at once. Does anyone have any thoughts on this?
I meant "safe" not "same"
Best Answers: Can I take diuretics and laxatives at the same time?
Katee | 8 days ago
Without doctor's advise, you shouldn't use these medications. Diuretics may make you lose vital fluids in your body, which makes it not only ineffective but unhealthy. Laxatives are not any more effective than diuretics and they cause even more health problems. Using laxatives over long periods of time will also cause health problems such as chronic diarrhea, dehydration, chronic constipation, bloating, severe abdominal pains, and vomiting.
While both substances are designed to eliminate waste from the body, the only material that is lost is fluid, so an individual may feel as though they have lost weight; however, this feeling is temporary, as the body will soon react and begin to retain water within 48 to 72 hours. As a result of this reactionary water retention, individuals often feel bloated, while furthermore experience feelings of weight gain.
Hope this helps.
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Have you been taking the diuretics long? they can cause constipation because they draw water out of the body, one of the places where the body keeps water is in the intestines; so if you are using the diuretics to get rid of excess fluids they are doing a great job, unfortunately constipation is a bad side effect because a good amount of water is needed to have a normal easy bowel movement.
So you could kind of be causing this problem to yourself if you have been trying the diuretics just for water loss and not as anything prescribed.
If you dont need the diuretics for a reason(i.e. the doctor hasn't prescribed it) then you might want to ask you doctor if it is safe to take a break from it; that alone(with a diet of a bit of fiber and some water) will help the constipation.
So I am not sure why you are taking the diuretics, if it is blood pressure related or not, but you need to be aware that some laxatives work by causing water to be drawn to the colon so that once it has enough fluid to be able to move the dry fecal matter you will be able to have a movement.
My concern would be that if you are on the diuretics for your blood pressure that this kind of laxative could throw off your fluid levels. That would not be good. If you were prescribed the diuretic I would do what the doc recommends.
There are laxatives with super high fiber, and ones that work differently that wont interfere with the diuretic. A diet with a lot of water and high in fiber will work best for you(and won't work against the diuretic), even if the fiber has to be in supplements.
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I wouldn't do that... I really wouldn't you will make yourself really ill. My sister did that and ended up in hospital
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Originally Answered: Besides grapefruit are there any other natural diuretics I can use.?
The problem with acidic fruits such as grapefruits and lemon used as diuretics, is that too much tends to bring on .. Temperorary upper gastric anyoyences such as heart burn and the chronic sour taste should these juices reflux.
Coffee's,Tea's,Melons,Water,Cranberry juice (great for the urinary tract as well!).Are all excellent natural diuretics.Just make sure you are using duirectics in moderation and always choose low caffinatted or de-caffinated coffee's and tea's,Otherwise caffeine has a tendancy to dehydrate you!!
Allthough beer is a diuretic, Alchol has a tendancy to dehydrate the system as well. Just make sure you are eating a balanced diet and use common sense.Good luck