Tuesday, March 3, 2015

A 72-year-old man is prescribed hydrochlorothiazide for hypertension.

A 72-year-old man is prescribed hydrochlorothiazide for hypertension.


Which of the following is the most likely symptomatic side effect?
(A) increased serum potassium
(B) metabolic acidosis
(C) sexual impotence
(D) respiratory alkalosis
(E) hypernatremia

(C) The most common symptomatic side effect in men is impotence, and it should be specificallylooked for. The most serious complications relate to fluid and electrolyte imbalanceand include hyponatremia, hypokalemia, and volume contraction.

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