Case Scenario:

Case Scenario:

JQ, a 58-year-old patient, has been recently diagnosed with hypertension. His resting blood pressure is 158/92. He is prescribed hydrochlorothiazide 50 mg/day and told to eat foods rich in potassium.

After 1 month on hydrochlorothiazide therapy, JQ becomes weak and complains of nausea and vomiting. His muscles are “soft.” His serum potassium level is 3.3 mEq/L.

 

Questions:

  1. Why is it necessary for JQ to eat foods rich in potassium when taking hydrochlorothiazide? Explain your answer.
  2. Should JQ receive a potassium supplement? Explain your answer.
 
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