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Can low potassium cause seizures?

Can low potassium cause seizures?

No: Low potassium can cause muscle pain, cramps, weakness, paralysis, and even heart rhythm changes. Extent of symptoms are in part related to severity of drop in levels. ...Read more

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Dr. Madhu Kandarpa
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Potassium (Definition)

Potassium is an essential electrolyte, important in the functioning of many organs including the heart, kidneys, muscles, nerves, and digestive system. Deficiency can be caused by diseases such as kidney failure, vomiting, and diarrhea, or by ...Read more


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Can low potassium cause seizures in non epileptic pt? I've had two seizures over 15months and both times potassium has been critical low.

Can low potassium cause seizures in non epileptic pt? I've had two seizures over 15months and both times potassium has been critical low.

Not really: Convulsive episodes or seizures do not occur at increased frequency or risk in hypokalemic patients. Muscle weakness and fatigue/lethargy are more common symptoms of potassium depletion. More at risk with low potassium is heart rhythm and muscle paralysis in the condition known as hypokalemic periodic paralysis. ...Read more

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Can low potassium cause a seizure?

Can low potassium cause a seizure?

Sure can: Depends on how low it was--and it can cause muscle weakness, spasm, heart issues as well. Usually needs to be below 3.0 to get your doctor excited. ...Read more

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I take topamax (topiramate) 150 mg per day for headaches/seizures. Is it possible those med adjustments cause my hypokalemia?

Yes its possible.: Yes indeed, topamax (topiramate) can cause infrequent side effects of dehydration, low potassium (hypokalemia), and low calcium (hypocalcemia). Severeal medical studies support this finding. Definitely discuss this with your doctor and see if a different medication might be better for you. ...Read more

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What are the causes of low potassium (hypokalemia)?

What are the causes of low potassium (hypokalemia)?

See below: A low potassium level has many causes, some are due to decreased intake, some due to increase loss from the skin, gut eg loose stools, urine eg alcohol intake, tubular problems or magnesium deficiency.Others are due to shift of potassium into the cells. ...Read more

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What defines "unprovoked seizure" and would hypokalemia at 2.1 and stress fall in that catagory?

What defines "unprovoked seizure" and would hypokalemia at 2.1 and stress fall in that catagory?

No: Hypokalemia at 2.1 is not trivial and depending on other factors may need to be treated emergently. Stress is a vague issue and not readily measured so I am not able to comment on "stress" as a cause of seizures. ...Read more

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What can cause sudden dangerously low potassium, hypokalemia, causing me to collapse and nearly die? What tests do I need?

What can cause sudden dangerously low potassium, hypokalemia, causing me to collapse and nearly die?

What tests do I need?

Low K: 55 F asks what can cause sudden dangerous low K? I collapsed and nearly died. ANS: Many things & can't detail here. but at ur age & having given no other information (people must think we can read minds here-NOT) suspect taking diuretic 4 HTN or edema, severe vomiting diarrhea sweating, GI tumor, or adrenal tumor making 2 much aldosterone. i specialize in this. Consult me! ...Read more

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I have a low potassium problem and kidney stones problem. Is my hypokalemia the cause of my kidney stones? Or the other way?

I have a low potassium problem and kidney stones problem. Is my hypokalemia the cause of my kidney stones? Or the other way?

Unlikely: A potassium-wasting problem might be due to kidney tubular / parenchymal damage from infection related to kidney stones, but in this case you would have been told of this by your physicians. If your potassium is actually significantly below the healthy range, this is serious and no physician would let it go without a full workup. You have a right to a thorough explanation from your doctor. ...Read more

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Insulin 64 after high carbs and glucose 54 & hypokalemia. I'm hypokalemic PP diagnosed but wonder if congenital hyperinsulin can cause low potassium?

Insulin 64 after high carbs and glucose 54 & hypokalemia. I'm hypokalemic PP diagnosed but wonder if congenital hyperinsulin can cause low potassium?

Insulin and carbs: Rachel, I wish I could help you but your comments are unclear. What do you mean by "insulin 64" and glucose 54? Have you been told that you have "congenital hyper-insulin"? In that case your doctor would have referred you to a surgeon. If you can, please give me some more information. ...Read more

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Was diagnosed with hypokalemia after taking florinef (fludrocortisone). Same day i had blood work for nt-probnp. Could low potassium cause high bnp? Mine was high

Was diagnosed with hypokalemia after taking florinef (fludrocortisone). Same day i had blood work for nt-probnp. Could low potassium cause high bnp? Mine was high

Florinef (fludrocortisone): Florinef (fludrocortisone) causes salt and fluid retention. The fluid retention may cause a rise in bnp. Suggest you discuss result with your md. Lowering of the potassium is a known side effect of Florinef (fludrocortisone) use. ...Read more

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Why is potassium low in seizure patients?

Why is potassium low in seizure patients?

Not always: Potassium is not always low in person who just had a seizure. If potassium level happens to be very low it can potentially trigger a seizure in an epileptic person. ...Read more

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I have hypokalemia which is low potassium in my blood should I play soccer today or wait?

I have hypokalemia which is low potassium in my blood should I play soccer today or wait?

Low potassium: You would be better off waiting for your potassium (k) levels to rise before you play soccer. The more important question is, why is your k low? Are you on any medications that would lower it, like diuretics? Do you have a low magnesium level? See a physician to get to the cause of your low k level. It is better to prevent a problem than treat it. ...Read more

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How does hypokalemia affect leg muscle endurance activities like running and swimming? With low potassium can you still build muscle?

How does hypokalemia affect leg muscle endurance activities like running and swimming? With low potassium can you still build muscle?

Muscle cramps: You need proteins to build and maintain muscle, but you need to right balance of fluids and electrolytes to have good muscle function. When your potassium is low, you are more likely to experience muscle cramps and fatigue. ...Read more

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Eating to much Black licorice cause hypokalemia, can compensate this eating food rich in potassium? Can Cause also bleeding due to lowering platelets

Don't overdo it: The more serious risk of excess black licorice is as a cause of high blood pressure. People who have actually have gotten sick have eaten the real stuff (not just licorice-flavored candy); if this is a major component of your diet, do keep track of your electrolytes and blood pressure with your physician during your annual health check-ups. If they are okay, enjoy what you love. ...Read more

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My daughter was in ER after a seizure. Her potassium was 2.8 & her heart rate was around 155.She's 14.We're waiting on EEG & MRI. What causes this?

My daughter was in ER after a seizure. Her potassium was 2.8 & her heart rate was around 155.She's 14.We're waiting on EEG & MRI. What causes this?

Hard to say: The findings you list are not specific to a cause.The best people to answer your questions are those that have access to the full history, exam and all the test results. It is hard to wait & you usually go to a dark place expecting the worst.However, most cases will be a fixable problem. ...Read more

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Dr. William Singer
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Seizure Disorder (Definition)

Seizure disorder also known as epilepsy, is a neurological condition in which the brain's abnormal electrical activity causes muscular convulsions and altered mental states. Epilepsy is diagnosed when an individual has ...Read more


Dr. Clarence Grim
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Hypokalemia (Definition)

Most labs will define normal as 3.5 to 5. Some may increase the upper limits to 5.2 but anything above 5.5 is clearly abnormal. Level below ...Read more