15 Feb 2011
You can just stop taking hydrochlorothiazide and spironolactone... you don't need to taper off. However, before stopping please discuss this with your doctor. Your blood pressure will need to be monitored when you come off this, and perhaps your doctor may wish to put you on some other medicine.
15 Feb 2011
I have to reiterate and add to what has been said. You can stop these medications without tapering but you run the risks of electrolyte and hormonal imbalance. You need to be under a doctor's care so to avoid complicaitons like high blood pressure, hyperkalemia, and hypokalemia, to name just a few.
The signs of imbalance are as follows:
Warning signs or symptoms of fluid and electrolyte imbalance include dryness of mouth, thirst, weakness, lethargy, drowsiness, restlessness, muscle pains or cramps, muscular fatigue, hypotension, oliguria, tachycardia, and gastrointestinal disturbances such as nausea and vomiting.
High blood pressure can be symptomless, but life threatening if gone untreated.
Please consult your doctor before discontinuing these medications.
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