potassium-sparing diuretic

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potassium-sparing diuretic

Medtalk A diuretic that effects mild diuresis, while conserving K+ and Mg2+; PSDs may be more effective in maintaining the electrolyte balance than cation–K+, magnesium supplementation; PSDs include amiloride, triameterene, diazide, maxide, spironolactone See Diuretics. Cf Loop diuretic.
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potassium-sparing diuretic

An agent that stimulates the kidneys to excrete water and sodium while retaining potassium. Drugs from this therapeutic class are used to treat hypertension, fluid retention in cirrhosis, and congestive heart failure.
See also: diuretic
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