A 41-year-old member asked:
how does dextrose decrease the potassium level in renal failure?
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Dr. Pascale Lane answered
35 years experience Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis
With insulin: When potassium gets high it can be lowered in the blood by shifting it into the cells. Insulin (and some other drugs) do this. Dextrose (glucose) can stimulate production of Insulin for some effect. For very high potassium levels Insulin and dextrose are both given for more vigorous effect.
Answered on Nov 28, 2017
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