Diuretics, commonly known as water pills, are medications that increase urine production and help the body eliminate excess salt and water. While these types of medication can be beneficial for managing conditions like hypertension and heart failure, they can provoke gout symptoms.

Diuretics can raise urate levels in the blood due to dehydration caused by excessive urination, which is a common side effect. Chronic gout sufferers taking diuretics should closely monitor their daily fluid intake to stay well hydrated.

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