Diuretics and the institutional elderly: a case against routine potassium prescribing.

Abstract

In 14 elderly male residents of a veterans' care complex who were receiving diuretic therapy for cardiac failure, oral potassium (K) supplements were withdrawn. Plasma and erythrocyte K levels were measured immediately before and six weeks after withdrawal of the supplements (38 mEq K daily). The controls comprised 19 elderly residents without disease and… (More)

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