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Lithium-induced nephrogenic diabetes insipidus: renal effects of amiloride.

Author(s): Bedford JJ, Weggery S, Ellis G, McDonald FJ, Joyce PR, Leader JP, Walker RJ

Affiliation(s): Department of Medical & Surgical Sciences, University of Otago, PO Box 913, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Publication date & source: 2008-09, Clin J Am Soc Nephrol., 3(5):1324-31. Epub 2008 Jul 2.

Publication type: Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Polyuria, polydipsia, and nephrogenic diabetes insipidus have been associated with use of psychotropic medications, especially lithium. DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS, & MEASUREMENTS: The impact of psychotropic medications on urinary concentrating ability and urinary aquaporin 2 (AQP2) excretion was investigated after overnight fluid deprivation, and over 6 h after 40 microg of desmopressin (dDAVP), in patients on lithium (n = 45), compared with those on alternate psychotropic medications (n = 42). RESULTS: Those not on lithium demonstrated normal urinary concentrating ability (958 +/- 51 mOsm/kg) and increased urinary excretion of AQP2 (98 +/- 21 fmol/micromol creatinine) and cAMP (410 +/- 15 pmol/micromol creatinine). Participants taking lithium were divided into tertiles according to urinary concentrating ability: normal, >750 mOsm/kg; partial nephrogenic diabetes insipidus (NDI), 750 to 300 mOsm/kg; full NDI, <300 mOsm/kg. Urinary AQP2 concentrations were 70.9 +/- 13.6 fmol/micromol creatinine (normal), 76.5 +/- 10.4 fmol/micromol creatinine (partial NDI), and 27.3 fmol/micromol creatinine (full NDI). Impaired urinary concentrating ability and reduced urinary AQP2, cAMP excretion correlated with duration of lithium therapy. Other psychotropic agents did not impair urinary concentrating ability. Eleven patients on lithium were enrolled in a randomized placebo-controlled crossover trial investigating the actions of amiloride (10 mg daily for 6 wk) on dDAVP-stimulated urinary concentrating ability and AQP2 excretion. Amiloride increased maximal urinary osmolality and AQP2 excretion. CONCLUSIONS: By inference, amiloride-induced reduction of lithium uptake in the principal cells of the collecting duct improves responsiveness to AVP-stimulated translocation of AQP2 to the apical membrane of the principal cells.

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