Frequently Asked Questions
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- Are there any known long-term health effects from taking diuretics?
- Can a person with NDI ever stop taking drugs for the disorder?
- How do each of the three most commonly prescribed medications for NDI treatment (chlorothiazide/hydrochlorothiazide, amiloride, and indomethacin) work in the body?
- How do the medications interact with each other?
- How often should my NDI child's electrolytes be checked?
- I hear of persons being able to go without medication. I do not see that happening for my boys. Why is the disease different in each patient?
- Is it likely that if the symptoms were caused by an antibiotic that they will persist for a long-term period after I stopped using the antibiotic?
- Is it possible to control the symptoms of NDI without medication--through diet and fluid intake alone?
- Is there any danger to the patient if use of any of the medications is discontinued suddenly as opposed to weaning a patient off the medication?
- Maxide is a brand-name diuretic to treat high-blood pressure. In my case, however, this diuretic causes my system to require less water intake and therefore less fluid output. Have you heard of this reverse-effect on persons with diabetes insipidus?
- My doctor prescribed DDAVP for my diabetes insipidus. What is the difference in taking that and taking hydrochlorothiazide and amiloride? I was also just diagnosed with eosinophilic granuloma. Do you have any information on that?
- My eight year old son was having trouble with bedwetting and our pediatrician prescribed DDAVP. After reading some information on your web site, I was wondering if I should have him tested for a form of NDI.
- Should females with NDI be medicated differently than males?
- What are the consequences of a serum sodium level being either too high or too low?
- What are the long-term side effects of the medications?
- What is the normal range of serum sodium?