Taking spironolactone, a water pill, alongside the antibiotic trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole can cause blood potassium to rise to potentially life-threatening levels. Researchers from St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto combined information to track over 206,000 patients aged 66 or older who were treated with the water pill spironolactone. Over a 17-year period, almost 12,000 people died suddenly — 349 of them within 14 days after taking either trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole or another antibiotic. Via CBS News. Posted February 2, 2015.
Alanna McCatty is founder and CEO of McCatty Scholars, an organization that devises and implements financial literacy programs for students to combat the nationwide issue of the loss of educational opportunity due to the ramifications of burdensome student debt. At MedShadow, she reports on new findings and research on the side effects of prescription drugs. She is a graduate of Pace University.
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