Can I use Mavik if I take a diuretic?

Your doctor will be cautious about prescribing the blood pressure drug Mavik (trandolapril) if you take a diuretic, because the combination could make your blood pressure drop too low. Your doctor may start you on a lower dosage of Mavik or tell you to stop taking the diuretic two to three days before you start Mavik. The diuretic may be added back later, as your body adjusts to Mavik.

One type of diuretic presents an extra risk. If you take Mavik along with a potassium-sparing diuretic, you may develop hyperkalemia, which means that you have too much potassium in your blood. That puts you at risk for serious cardiac arrhythmias, a disorder of the heart rate. If your doctor does prescribe this combination, he or she is likely to monitor your potassium levels closely.

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