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Research Article

Inappropriate secretion of antidiuretic hormone treated with frusemide.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1982; 285 doi: (Published 10 July 1982) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1982;285:89
  1. G Decaux,
  2. Y Waterlot,
  3. F Genette,
  4. R Hallemans,
  5. J C Demanet


    Seven out of nine patients with chronic inappropriate secretion of antidiuretic hormone were successfully treated with 40 mg frusemide daily. One patient needed 80 mg, and the remaining patient achieved only a small increase in diuresis after 40 mg frusemide; this was probably related to his low creatinine clearance. In order to maintain a salt intake high enough to compensate for the loss of urine electrolytes 3 to 6 g sodium chloride was added as tablets to the sodium-free diet in six patients. Hypokalaemia occurred in five patients but was easily corrected with either supplements of potassium chloride or a potassium-sparing diuretic. These findings add further weight to evidence that Frusemide is a good alternative for the treatment of patients with inappropriate secretion of antidiuretic hormone who cannot tolerate water restriction.