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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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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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What could cause my low potassium levels?

What could cause my low potassium levels?

Need a workup: Reference ranges are set so that a few percent of healthies fall outside on either end. If very low, it's time you get checked for a reason -- hyperaldosteronism gets missed a lot. I'm assuming you're not on meds. One little-known cause is eating lots of licorice. Best wishes. ...Read more

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If bad diet is not cause of low potassium, what other tests need to be done? Went from 2.4 to 4.4 after i.V.- 5 days later 4.3, then 2 weeks later 3.9

If bad diet is not cause of low potassium, what other tests need to be done? Went from 2.4 to 4.4 after i.V.- 5 days later 4.3, then 2 weeks later 3.9

Hypokalemia: Need to verify your medication. Certain drugs excrete more potassium. Some people have genetiuc problem and loose more potassium in urine. Some people have low magnesium level, which intern decreases potassium absorption and retention. ...Read more

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Can using albuterol cause a low potassium on your blood test?

Can using albuterol cause a low potassium on your blood test?

Useful in a pinch: Respectfully, for the reasons detailed by dr. Rubin, nebulized albuterol can be effective within 30 minutes to lower potassium by about 0.5 mmol/l. The effect lasts about 2 hours. Long enough for bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) and Insulin therapies to start working. ...Read more

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Are there and kidney diseases that cause chronically low potassium? Even with normal bun and creatine?

Are there and kidney diseases that cause chronically low potassium? Even with normal bun and creatine?

Yes. : They lesions or diseases often are accompanied by high bp. There are kidney tubule defects or hormonal disturbances related to the adrenal gland function that can cause low potassium yet lab testing show normal kidney function in terms of clearance. Also medications and herbal supplements (including even exotic type of tea, licorice, or some tobaccos) can cause potassium disturbances. ...Read more

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What are the causes of low potassium, high blood pressure and palpitations?

What are the causes of low potassium, high blood pressure and palpitations?

Suspect hyperaldo: High blood pressure with low blood potassium levels brings the potential diagnosis of elevated aldosterone level (hyperaldosteronism) as a possibility. There may be other reasons- for example if you are taking a BP medication that may cause low potassium levels but your BP is still elevated. This finding requires a proper medical evaluation and lab analysis. ...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


Dr. Clarence Grim
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Kay Ciel (Definition)

Kay Ciel is a mineral which is a kind of nutritional agent ...Read more