• We studied the effects of a reduction in dose of hydrochlorothiazide from 50 to 25 mg/d, and its discontinuation for up to 22 months in 36 well-controlled hypertensive patients. Hydrochlorothiazide was discontinued if the diastolic blood pressure remained less than or equal to 94 mm Hg after a 6-month period on the lower dose of hydrochlorothiazide. No other changes were made in medications or diet. Sitting systolic blood pressure rose from 135 ± 15 mm Hg to 140 ± 14 mm Hg on reduction of the hydrochlorothiazide dose and rose still further to 145 ± 20 mm Hg on discontinuation. Even greater increases in standing blood pressure were observed. There were no significant effects on the diastolic blood pressure with reduction of dose or discontinuation of hydrochlorothiazide. A significant decrease in the serum uric acid and a rise in serum potassium occurred. There were no changes in serum glucose or lipids on reduction in the dose of hydrochlorothiazide; whereas, with discontinuation, the serum lipids and hemoglobin A1C fell significantly. These results suggest that the benefits of a reduced dose of hydrochlorothiazide may not be as great as considered heretofore.
(Arch Intern Med. 1990;150:1009-1011)
Thank you for submitting a comment on this article. It will be reviewed by JAMA Internal Medicine editors. You will be notified when your comment has been published. Comments should not exceed 500 words of text and 10 references.
Do not submit personal medical questions or information that could identify a specific patient, questions about a particular case, or general inquiries to an author. Only content that has not been published, posted, or submitted elsewhere should be submitted. By submitting this Comment, you and any coauthors transfer copyright to the journal if your Comment is posted.
* = Required Field
Disclosure of Any Conflicts of Interest*
Indicate all relevant conflicts of interest of each author below, including all relevant financial interests, activities, and relationships within the past 3 years including, but not limited to, employment, affiliation, grants or funding, consultancies, honoraria or payment, speakers’ bureaus, stock ownership or options, expert testimony, royalties, donation of medical equipment, or patents planned, pending, or issued. If all authors have none, check "No potential conflicts or relevant financial interests" in the box below. Please also indicate any funding received in support of this work. The information will be posted with your response.
Some tools below are only available to our subscribers or users with an online account.
Download citation file:
Web of Science® Times Cited: 13
Customize your page view by dragging & repositioning the boxes below.
More Listings atJAMACareerCenter.com >
Enter your username and email address. We'll send you a link to reset your password.
Enter your username and email address. We'll send instructions on how to reset your password to the email address we have on record.
Athens and Shibboleth are access management services that provide single sign-on to protected resources. They replace the multiple user names and passwords necessary to access subscription-based content with a single user name and password that can be entered once per session. It operates independently of a user's location or IP address. If your institution uses Athens or Shibboleth authentication, please contact your site administrator to receive your user name and password.