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Excessive Thirst

Alternate Names : Polydipsia

Excessive Thirst | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the treatments for the condition?

Treatment is directed at the cause. For example, a person with diabetes may use insulin injections or other medications to control blood sugar levels. Someone who is dehydrated is given fluids. If a person is unable to drink extra fluid, it can be supplied an through an intravenous (IV) tube. This is a special thin tube that is inserted through a person's skin and into a vein, usually in the hand or forearm. This may be necessary if a person if vomiting and cannot hold fluids down. Someone with hyperthyroidism may need medication, surgery, or radioactive therapy to treat the condition. A person who abuses drugs may need drug rehabilitation. An individual who has psychogenic polydipsia is often treated with psychotherapy, and possibly medications.

What are the side effects of the treatments?

Side effects depend on the treatments used. For example, medications can cause allergic reactions, stomach upset or headaches. Surgery carries a risk of bleeding and infection.

What happens after treatment for the condition?

Once treated, a person with dehydration often needs no further treatment. Someone with diabetes needs lifelong monitoring and treatment for their diabetes. An individual who stops abusing drugs may not longer experience excessive thirst.

How is the condition monitored?

Any changes or response to treatment can be reported to the healthcare provider. Other monitoring is related to the cause. For example, someone with diabetes needs to check blood sugar levels every day.

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Author: Adam Brochert, MD
Reviewer: Melissa Sanders, PharmD
Date Reviewed: 06/07/01

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