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A 36-year-old female asked:

Why should potassium be avoided when taking meds for high bp? is it safe to eat 1 banana a day when taking 25mg atenolol and 20mg of lisinopril a day

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Evans Prieston
Pharmacology 45 years experience
Potassium: Avoiding potassium with all BP medicines is not an accurate statement. True, potassium should be avoided with some medications or if there is kidney insufficiency. In your case, however, eating a banana daily should be no problem.
Dr. Kalyani Perumal
Nephrology and Dialysis 30 years experience
Consult md: Lisinopril can cause high potassium , particularly if you have kidney disease. If your kidney function is good, and potassium levels after starting lisinopril have been normal, there is no absolute need to restrict potassium in the diet.consult your doctor
Last updated Nov 4, 2018

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