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A 32-year-old member asked:

could you tell me what street drugs or narcotics can cause potassium levels to drop or become low?

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Dr. Jack Rubin
Nephrology and Dialysis 48 years experience
Drugs and potassium: A full list of the causes of low potassium, hypokalemia (h), is found at this link: http://www.Healthline.Com/galecontent/hypokalemia street drugs are not made by a pharmaceutical company and vary from dealer to dealer. Therefore, there is no way to accurately tell what they are mixed with.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

How do potassium levels affect cardiac output?

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Dr. Irv Loh
Dr. Irv Lohanswered
Cardiology 49 years experience
Not directly: Cardiac output is the amount of blood flow generated by the heart over a given time frame. Potassium is a critical electrolyte for body health and cardiac function, especially its rhythm. Although high or low potassium levels can create major, potentially fatal, irregularities in the heart rhythm, those levels do not directly affect the cardiac output per se.
A 30-year-old member asked:

Is potassium permanganate used in treating candidiasis?

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Not in US.: Too high a chance of burns to the skin.
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A 27-year-old member asked:

How do I get potassium out of my favorite high-potassium vegetables?

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Dr. Madhu Kandarpa
Nephrology and Dialysis 9 years experience
Soak in water?: It is known that soaking potatos helps to take out potassium. Theoretically may be possible from other vegetables but there is no supporting data.
A 28-year-old member asked:

What are some good foods that are high in potassium (greater than 200 milligrams per portion)?

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Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Tomatoes: Avoid foods like potatoes, orange juice, carrot and prune juice, bananas and beans. These foods all have large amounts of potassium.
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A 46-year-old member asked:

Could low blood potassium cause shortness breath?

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Pulmonology 27 years experience
No: Electrolyte abnormalities do not typically cause shortness of breath; sometimes very low calcium levels and low magnesium levels and low phosphate levels can be associated with muscle weakness which could affect the diaphragm causing shortness of breath. This is uncommon.

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