20% Patients On Commonly Prescribed Diuretics Have Abnormal Sodium And Potassium Levels

Fri, 13 Jan 2006 09:00 AM EST

... One in five patients taking diuretics commonly prescribed for high blood pressure or heart conditions end up with reduced sodium and potassium levels, according to a study published in the January issue of the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. Yet recent evidence suggests that perhaps as few as a third of patients on the drugs - used by one in eight adults - have their electrolyte levels tested, despite the fact that reduced levels can lead to a wide range of health problems... click link for more info. ...