Adverse Effects

Thiazides should be used cautiously in the presence of severe renal and hepatic disease, since azotemia and coma may result. The most important toxic effect associated with this class of diuretics is hypokalemia, which may result in muscular and central nervous system symptoms, as well as cardiac sensitization (see Hypokalemia). Periodic examination of serum electrolytes for possible imbalances is strongly recommended. Appropriate dietary and therapeutic measures for controlling hypokalemia are described later in this chapter. The thiazides also possess some diabetogenic potential, and although pancreatitis during thiazide therapy has been reported in a few cases, the major mechanism contributing to the potential for glucose intolerance is not known.

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