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A 59-year-old member asked:

What could be the cause of elevated potassium levels?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Error or real: Elevation may be due to drawing the blood. If not, kidney dz, medications or over supplementation may be the cause. Could be others. Check with your doctor!
Dr. Keith Klein
Nephrology and Dialysis 50 years experience
Medications: If you don't have kidney disease, most likely cause is taking certain medications that interfere with potassium secretion by the kidney. These include certain diuretic combinations such as dyazide, maxzide (hydrocholorthiazide and triamterene) and drugs of the class known as ace inhibitors and arbs. If you are on a severe salt restricted diet, that can lead to mild elevation of potassium.
Dr. John Hammes
Nephrology and Dialysis 28 years experience
Several things: Real or not real must be determined. If real: medicines (commonly ace-inhibitors, NSAID drugs, septra or bactrim, (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) arbs, ) or kidney failure. It is also common for patients with longstanding diabetes and some kidney disease to develop hyporeninemic hypoladosteronism which can lead to hi potassium.

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What are the causes of your potassium level to drop?

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Dr. Kalyani Perumal
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Nephrologist: Potassium balance is tightly regulated , so any potassium disorder implies decrease in potassium intake, physiological shifts within the body or increased losses via stool or urine.
A 33-year-old member asked:

What are the causes of high levels of potassium?

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Dr. Kalyani Perumal
Nephrology and Dialysis 29 years experience
INPUT-OUTPUT : High levels of potassium can occur due to increased intake of high potassium containing foods, nutritional supplements etc 2. Changes in acid base balance in the body 3. Decreased excretion of the potassium by the kidneys. Most often, it is a combination of 2 or more causes.Very frequently, kidney is always one of the culprits.If you have this problem, please consult md.
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What can cause high levels of potassium?

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Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 25 years experience
Hyperkalemia: Because the kidneys are able to excrete potassium well, high potassium level in the blood is rare in patients with normal kidney function. High blood potassium level can result in patients with reduced kidney function in certain settings (excessive potassium intake, cell/tissue death, or shift of potassium from intracelluar to extracellular compartment).

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