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A 32-year-old female asked:

As a general rule, is 99mg of potassium once daily enough to correct a deficiency level of 3.2? and can this level cause shortness of breath?

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Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 years experience
As a general Rule: As a general rule it is much better to find the cause of the low potassium and to correct the cause rather than just give you potassium replacement.
Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
10 meq of potassium (a single capsule of standard strength potassium given by prescription), is 750 mg. A banana has 422 mg (source: http://www.chiquitabananas.com/Worlds-Favorite-Fruit/bananas-and-potassium.aspx) - thus, you can see that your 99 mg is negligible.
May 15, 2014
Dr. Mary Callahan
Cardiology 29 years experience
More potassium: I recommend that individuals with a low potassium take supplements and eat potassium-rich foods several times per day. Take the supplements with your meals which helps with the absorption. Also increase foods with higher potassium in your diet such as bananas, orange juice, sweet potatoes, regular potatoes and cashews. The low potassium itself does not cause shortness of breath but weakness.

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