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Do thiazide diuretics have any side effects?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

Side effects may include low blood potassium, sodium, and magnesium, and high blood calcium and cholesterol. Other side effects may include gouty arthritis, insulin resistance, impaired glucose tolerance, and worsening of diabetic control. Thiazide diuretics are more likely than other blood pressure drugs to cause sexual problems in men. 

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