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December 1965

Fluid Intake With Medication

Author Affiliations


From the Department of Medicine, University of Colorado Medical Center, Denver.

Arch Intern Med. 1965;116(6):813-818. doi:10.1001/archinte.1965.03870060011003

IN STUDYING fluid ingestion by hospital patients it became apparent that factors other than actual thirst played a significant role in determining the patient's daily fluid intake. A major share of the patient's intake could be related to a drinking habit pattern which might have been established for many years and whose exact origin was unknown.1 Another important consideration included factors inherent in hospital care and the patient's therapy.2 Among the hospital factors affecting fluid intake one of the most important was the amount of fluid a patient consumed in taking various types of prescribed medications. When a patient was taking 20 or 30 different pills and capsules, the fluid ingested with medication could attain a significant figure. Moreover, in patients on restricted fluid intake the fluids consumed with medication could account for a significant portion of the total allowed fluid and become a therapeutic problem. Therefore, a