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Difficulty Passing Urine

Contact your doctor immediately! Passing less than two cups of urine per day is abnormal, and can be a sign of severe kidney problems. In men, other causes of low urine production include

  • severe dehydration

  • near complete blockage of the prostate, bladder or urethra.

You should have an urgent medical evaluation. If there is any possibility that your low urine production is caused by severe dehydration, you may wish to start by drinking at least one to two pints (16 to 32 ounces) of water or juice.


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