What is a diuretic?

  • Drugs that promote diuresis (increased production of urine) are called diuretics.
  • These drugs are also called water pills since they help remove fluid build-up in the body.
  • Diuretics are also known to provide other benefits and it is not confined only to induce urination.
  • They can be used to relieve the symptoms of heart failure, liver disease, and high blood pressure which are achieved by removing excess water from the body.