What is the role of ACE inhibitors in the management of hypokalemia (low potassium level)?

Updated: Dec 06, 2018
  • Author: Eleanor Lederer, MD, FASN; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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ACE inhibitors have gained significantly in popularity because of their excellent tolerability and benefit in a variety of disease conditions. In particular, these drugs have demonstrable clinical benefit for the treatment of hypertension, heart failure, and a variety of kidney diseases, including diabetic nephropathy.

Because they inhibit renal potassium excretion, ACE inhibitors can ameliorate some of the hypokalemia that can occur with use of thiazide or loop diuretics.


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