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Rebound sodium and water retention occurs when diuretic treatment is stopped

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7131.628a (Published 14 February 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:628
  1. Constaninos G Missouris, Senior registrar in cardiology,
  2. Graham A MacGregor, Professor of cardiovascular medicine
  1. Blood Pressure Unit, Department of Medicine, St George's Hospital Medical School, London SW17 0RE

    EDITOR—Walma et al claim that patients should continue to take diuretics if they retain sodium and water on stopping diuretic treatment.1 However, if diuretics are suddenly withdrawn in patients with a normal salt intake there will be rebound retention of sodium and water. This is because the compensatory …

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