What is the role of loop diuretics in the treatment of hypercalcemia?

Updated: Apr 11, 2018
  • Author: Thomas E Green, DO, MPH, MMM, CPE, FACEP, FACOEP; Chief Editor: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP  more...
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Loop diuretics

  • A loop diuretic (eg, furosemide) may be used with hydration to increase calcium excretion. This may also prevent volume overload during therapy.

  • In contrast to loop diuretics, avoid thiazide diuretics because they increase the reabsorption of calcium.


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