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[QUOTE]It is known to decrease potassium levels so I was really surprised to read that your potassium levels INCREASED while taking HCYZ. I've had a problem with DECREASED potassium levels when I was sick & didn't feel like eating.

Hi, :)

If I am not mistaken, diuretics in general cause one's potassium levels to decrease, UNLESS they happen to be potassium-sparing diuretics, such as Spironolactone or Amiloride. The downside of using these is that they are not as effective as thiazides or loop diuretics. I have been on Spironolactone for 5 months now, and my problem is quite the opposite - I am fearful of my potassium levels getting out of hand.

I am on an ACE inhibitor (Ramipril) which raises potassium levels, Spironolactone, which is potassium-sparing, and Diovan, which is also known to raise potassium levels.