A 24-year-old male asked:
on florinef (fludrocortisone) my potassium is 3. without supplements and 4.0 with supplements what happens if i got norovirus and couldnt take supplements? dangerous?
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Pediatric Gastroenterology 22 years experience
You should: Have your electrolytes more frequently checked while having diarrhea. People with diarrhea tend to lose a lot of K in the stool and may need additional supplementation.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Why does one have low cortisol and high potassium levels in addison's disease?
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Pediatric Endocrinology 21 years experience
See below: Addison's disease is a state of low cortisol or hypocortisolism. In addition to cortsiol, the adrenal galnd also produces a very important hormone called aldosterone. The latter is responsible for reabsorbing sodium from the urine in exchange for potassium. If such hormone is not produced in sufficient quantity (either isolated or in conjunction with cortisol), potassium levels go up.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Can you explain the difference between potassium citrate and potassium carbonate?
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Gastroenterology 27 years experience
Different salts: Both are salts of potassium. One contains carbonate the other citrate. Potassium is the primary ingredient in both n.
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A 19-year-old member asked:
On february 23 of 2011nowhere I went to the hospital for having low potassium. And im fully recovered, but when I drink soda I start to get dizzy why?
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Nephrology and Dialysis 40 years experience
Unclear to me why: This should not be related to history of low potassium although you need yearly lab to make sure that you do not have that again. Why is being dizzy with soda intake? Could it be related to abdominal distension or ulcer disease? Unclear. Need to check with a doctor who knows your medical history and your vital signs to be able to get a better answer.
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Can hyperthyroidism flush out potassium from my body?
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Family Medicine 19 years experience
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A 43-year-old member asked:
When taking a diuretic, do you need to also take a potassium supplement?
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Cardiology 31 years experience
Possibly: Depending on the specific diuretic you are taking. Some diuretics waste more potassium than others. Also if you are taking a potassium sparing diuretic you may not need extra potassium. Either way tou should have your potassium levels monitored.
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Last updated Jun 11, 2015
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