Which medications are used in the treatment of hypernatremia?

Updated: Mar 17, 2020
  • Author: Zina Semenovskaya, MD; Chief Editor: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP  more...
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Maintenance of adequate fluid intake is the most important therapy for all causes of DI that can result in hypernatremia. Hormonal and pharmacologic therapies must be tailored for the specific causes of DI (eg, central, nephrogenic). Central DI is treated with replacement therapy of ADH. The therapy for nephrogenic DI depends on reducing urine volume with combinations of salt restriction, thiazide diuretics, and prostaglandin synthetase inhibitors.

The other causes of hyponatremia do not require medications beyond hypotonic fluid for correction.


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