Which medications interfere with the plasma aldosterone/plasma renin activity ratio in the workup of primary aldosteronism?

Updated: Mar 24, 2020
  • Author: Gabriel I Uwaifo, MD; Chief Editor: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP  more...
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Medication interference

The plasma aldosterone/PRA ratio should not be calculated when the patient is taking medications that can interfere with this measurement. Spironolactone, an aldosterone receptor antagonist, should be stopped for 6 weeks prior to testing. Eplerenone, another aldosterone receptor antagonist, can also interfere with testing and should be stopped for at least 2 weeks before testing.

Alpha-blockers, such as doxazosin, do not interfere with the PA/PRA ratio. Beta-blockers and calcium channel blockers do not affect the diagnostic accuracy of the ratio in most cases.


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