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Plasma electrolytes in elderly patients taking fixed combination diuretics.
  1. A. J. Bayer,
  2. R. Farag,
  3. S. Browne,
  4. M. S. Pathy

    Abstract

    Plasma potassium and sodium concentrations were measured in a group of elderly patients taking maintenance thiazide diuretic therapy alone, with a potassium supplement or in combination with a potassium sparing diuretic. Fixed dose combinations of a thiazide and potassium sparing diuretic did not significantly reduce the prevalence of hypokalaemia and the combination of amiloride-hydrochlorothiazide was associated with a disproportionate number of cases of hyponatraemia. The desirability of the current widespread use of fixed dose combination diuretics over less expensive single agents is questioned.

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