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A 72-year-old male asked:

72 , white, male, healthy l blood panel bun and k elevated same as 2 years ago others within normal reference ranges. take losartan, metoprolol and spironolactone to maintain high blood pressure at 128/80. primary: stop diuretic; cardiologist: no?

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Dr. Vahe Yetimyan
General Practice 52 years experience
Change diuretic ?: You may need to change the diuretic from spironolactone to a mild non potassium sparing diuretic temporarily to bring the potassium level down and at the same time not to get too much dehydrated. Discuss it with your primary care physician and see what will be the response.
Dr. Clarence Grim
Endocrinology 58 years experience
Spironolactone?: If the "diuretic" is spironolactone then ask primary why stopping when cardiologist said no. Can cause high K in older folks. But very useful if monitored. Discuss with your team. May your pressure be low!

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