Question: What are the side effects of diuretics, and can diuretics hurt my kidneys?
Answer: The side effects of diuretics are common. The most important by far is that they actually take too much fluid out of the body. As you know diuretics are designed to remove salt from the body, and with salt comes water. And sometimes too much of a diuretic effect can cause a patient to become too dry as we say -- that can cause dizziness and light-headedness, and that can eventually, if it gets bad enough, cause some dysfunction of your kidneys.