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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Low Potassium Levels

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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

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 causes low potassium levels? Could this cause me to nearly pass out every time i sit up?

What causes low potassium levels? Could this cause me to nearly pass out every time i sit up?

Balance , vital: Low potassium can cause fatal abnormalities in heart rhythm resulting in cardiac arrest. It can cause severe muscle weakness, abnormalities in kidney function, slowing of bowel movement etc. Symptoms of low potassium depends of the level, rate of reduction and duration. Low levels could be due to increased loss in the urine or diarrhea. Rarely due to low intake or shifts in blood. ...Read more

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Would taking Miralax and linzess everyday cause low potassium levels in blood?

Would taking Miralax and linzess everyday cause low potassium levels in blood?

Low K: Linzess is for IBS and Miralax can cause diarrhea. So yes if a person has diarrhea either due to IBS or due to Miralax overuse there can be low k. These medications themselves are unlikely to cause low k. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Can alcoholism cause low potassium levels and how does this affect your heart?

Can alcoholism cause low potassium levels and how does this affect your heart?

Damage heart: Alcoholism does not cause low potassium. Rather it can cause magnesium deficiency. Alcohol is very toxic to heart muscle in some individuals and can cause alcoholic cardiomyopathy which can then lead to heart failure and serious issues. ...Read more

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What causes chronically low blood potassium levels?

What causes chronically low blood potassium levels?

Few mechanisms: 1. Low intake in food 2. Loss in secretions- urine, gastrointestinal-vomitus and stool, sweat 3.Increased traslocation of k in to the cells in certain conditions eg. Insulin excess, mineralocorticoid( aldosterone - a hormone secreted by adrenal gld.) excess are associated with low potassium.There is a genetically acquired condition called periodic hypokalemic syndrome characterized by low k level. ...Read more

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Can adderal cause low potassium and magnesium levels?

Can adderal cause low potassium and magnesium levels?

Not usually: Adderall does not usually affect electrolyte levels on its own. Use of diuretics could, though. ...Read more

Low Potassium (Definition)

The medical term is as above. Most labs and clinicians define hypokalemia as a level less than 3.5 meq/l .In addition, one can have total body depletion of potassium stores even if the level is normal. This is ...Read more


Dr. Clarence Grim
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Hypokalemia (Definition)

Hypokalemia is also known as Low potassium. 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