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Saturday, February 6, 2021

Dr. Aaronson: Why did You Send Me Silly Notes?

Lifelong Learning with Dr. Aaronson. Dr. Aaronson provides fun facts about kidney disease, serum electrolytes, nephrology, dialysis, transplant, and blood pressure!

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  • If a patient is older than 65, is on an antidepressant such as a serotonin selective reuptake inhibitor, and is also taking a diuretic, the risk of hyponatremia (low sodium level) is 148 times greater than the other categories evaluated.


Types of SSRIs for depression:

citalopram (Cipramil)

dapoxetine (Priligy)

Escitalopram (Cipralex)

fluoxetine (Prozac or Oxactin)

fluvoxamine (Faverin)

paroxetine (Seroxat)

sertraline (Lustral)

vortioxetine (Brintellix)


The diuretic or water pill that usually causes this is hydrochlorothiazide.

The risk of hyponatremia increases if a patient is older, is on a SSRI, and also is taking a thiazide diuretic.