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A 42-year-old female asked:

recently started perindopril for hbp. blood test. hameotology normal. b12/feratin normal creatin/gfr normal. potassium 3.4 (ref 3.5-5.5). problem?

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Dr. Scott Hacking
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Low potassium: Your low potassium should not be caused by perindopril (an ACE Inhibitor), since this type of BP med causes potassium elevation is some patients. Consider checking an aldosterone level, since excess aldosterone can cause high blood pressure and low potassium. Also, diuretics can also cause low potassium. Recheck your potassium please.
Dr. Megan Williams
Family Medicine 14 years experience
Labs are all normal: Hi Lorraine, Perinopril is a commonly used, long acting med called an ACE inhibitor. (angiotensin-converting-enzyme ) These medications can cause issues with *elevated* potassium or even kidney disfunction. which is why your physician likely order these labs. Slightly low potassium is no reason for concern. Please add a few servings of K rich foods (spinach, potatoes, apricots) to your diet

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I have chronic kidney disease, what can I do to prevent my potassium levels from getting too high?

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Low K diet: Potassium is a chemical element that is needed for many metabolic processes like cellular function in the human body. People with CKD are at risk for developing higher levels of potassium because the damaged kidney can not excrete as much potassium as a normal kidney. Should try to avoid high potassium foods like bananas, tomatoes or orange juice.
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A 25-year-old male asked:

The internet says I can't eat potassium rich foods on lisinopril 5mg?! thats like all the healthy food? How am I supposed to eat healthy?

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Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 31 years experience
Talk to MD: Don't listen to everything you read on the internet! if your kidney function is normal, you can consume potassium risch foods safely. A normal kidney will excrete excess potassium you may consume. The fact is that most western diet are deficient in potassium, consuming sodium in great excess of sodium.Feel free to eat the natural, healthy and potassium rich foods freely.www.whatscookingwithdoc.com.

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