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A 55-year-old male asked:

Doctor wanted to use 25mg spironolactone to counter effect potassium lose by hct in ben/hct.i wonder why not use benicar (olmesartan) without hctz. how effective. ?

4 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jack Rubin
Nephrology and Dialysis 49 years experience
Potassium loss?: Spironolactone (s) can increase potassium (k) levels. K loss by diuretics (d) can be caused by 2 factors. D's waste both k and magnesium (m) in the urine. If a patient has a low m, the k will not be corrected until the m level is restored to normal. S cannot increase the m level at all. Using Benicar (olmesartan) with no diuretic may not be enough to reduce your BP to goal. Discuss this with your physician.
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Dr. David Sneid
Endocrinology 42 years experience
Spironolactone: Can reverse the loss of potassium due to hctz. Hctz is used to increase the potency of blood pressure lowering with the benicar, (olmesartan) which can also be achieved by increasing the dose of Benicar (olmesartan) without hctz, if possible. I do not use hctz at all, as most of my patients have diabetes, and hctz can increase Insulin resistance, blood sugar, and lipids. Talk w/your doctor.
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Dr. Marko Yakovlevitch
Cardiology 36 years experience
A good option: Benicar (olmesartan) ; hctz work so well together that the combination tablet was formulated. Potassium levels are often sustained with this combination but some folks lose too much potassium even with this low dose of hctz. An alternative to spironolactone is potassium but it can irritate the stomach. Also spironolactone itself can help lower blood pressure.
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Dr. Tarek Naguib
Nephrology and Dialysis 41 years experience
Good question: You are essentially asking: what will i lose if i stop hctz (hydrochlorothiazide) which is causing my potassium to drop. You may lose the diuretic effect and develop swelling but also you may lose the anti hypertensive added effect of hctz (hydrochlorothiazide) and get higher bp. Spironolactone will have the added effect of preventing swelling besides increasing low potassium. He has a very reasonable approach, with discuss w him as needed.
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Last updated Apr 25, 2016

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