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Chronically Low Potassium
I have chronically low potassium. Is drinking coconut water safe? I drink 50 oz per day over the last few months & it has corrected my hypokalemia.
Safe: Coconut water is safe. It is likely that bananas will do the same good at lower cost. ...Read more
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
See below.: Good question. Fleets enema: commonly used ~4 oz saline laxative; sodium phosphate-based; can cause adverse reactions in certain individuals (age >55) with certain pre-existing conditions (e.g. dehydration, impaired kidney function, congestive heart failure, abnormal electrolytes) if used too often (>3 days or >1 dose/24 hrs). I recommend you ask your MD about proper dosing and alternatives. ...Read more
Will prednisone 10mg for 2 weeks cause low potassium? I have chronically low potassium but doc isn't worried??
Unlikely: Prednisone can lower the potassium concentration in part by causing fluid retention and dilution of the serum potassium. However, the problem is dose/duration dependent, so a short course of a low dose of prednisone is unlikely to cause a problem. You don't mention that you're on a potassium supplement, but, if you are, you certainly need to continue it. ...Read more
Is gavilyte-G solution safe for heart patients with chronically low potassium and low blood sugar??
Here are some...: Are you going to have colonoscopy? If so, direct this Q to your doctor who will perform it since s/he knows more about your individual conditions than anyone online. Generally speaking, follow the written instruction + common sense will suit most of people. In reality, despite exercising all precaution, some adverse effects may still occur to few because behind what we know still hides the unknown ...Read more
Severely constipated but I have chronically low potassium & a heart condition. Is there any way that I can safely administer myself an enema?
OK to Administer BUT: Heart condition and low pottasium is not a contraiindication to give yourself an enema.But chronic constipation needs to be treated with diet modification by increasing fiber in diet with combination of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and increased fluids. If that does not work you may use a stool softener with or without a laxative, suppsitories if needed. And some people need prescription medicatio ...Read more
Inspra for primary idiopathic hyperaldosteronism. Is this a good treatment? My b/p isn't too high but I have chronic low potassium & arrhythmia.
Yes: Greetings Matthew-Inspra is an aldosterone blocker used to treat patients with hypertension and heart failure but is often used in the medical treatment of hyperaldosteronism. It is more selective in blocking aldosterone than other older drugs in this class. Having a thorough work up for hyperaldosteronism is very important. Best regards. ...Read more
Will taking linzess for IBS long term cause electrolyte abnormalities? I have chronically low potassium but doc still prescribed it?
Doc reccomended an enema for constp. I have heart condition & chronic low potassium. What is the safest formula I can use to prevent low potassium?
I specialize in low K. Need much more detail. At your age there may be special causes of low K that can be cured. Lets do 2nd opinion and figure out what is going on. Low K can be dangerous.. Diet is best source. Read this book about how to increase your K intake.
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If you have ever been told you have high aldosterone go to hyperaldosteronism@yahoo. Com ...Read more
I have chronically low potassium. I have a bladder infection & need antibiotics. Are cephalosporins safe or can they cause electrolyte disturbances?
Safe: Cephalosporin antibiotics do not often cause electrolyte problems and would probably be safe for you to take. ...Read more
I have wolff Parkinson white syndrome and chronically low potassium. Is Zantac (ranitidine) safe for me to use for GERD?
Yes: Please follow up with your physician for symptoms of arrhythmia if it does happen ...Read more
I have chronically low potassium, I was perscribed miralax (polyethylene glycol) for chronic constipation. Will muralax cause electrolyte imblances?
Electrolytes: Yes, if causing diarrhea.Get a more detailed answer ›
I have cardiac arrhythmia & chronically low potassium. I need to have a colonoscopy & I was wondering if there is a safe bowel cleanse??
Low K: 20 M from Louisana has arrythmias and low K. Needs colonoscopy asks about "safe" bowel cleanse. ANS: low K can kill you so tell your bowel team and ask them as they know you best. I specialize in low K problems. What is the cause of low K n u? ASK about starting DASH DIET ASAP as way to stop low K now. I specialize in low K. Can provide u second opinion consult. ...Read more
Is miralax (polyethylene glycol) safe for long term use? I have chronic constipation and doc wants me to take miralax (polyethylene glycol) everyday. I also have chronically low potassium
Yes per your Doctor: Miralax (polyethylene glycol) increases the amount of water in your stool, making bowel movements easier/frequent. Use only as prescribe by your doctor. Max 34g/day. Pour the powder into the cap up to the marked line (the dose is about 1 heaping tablespoon (17gm) dissolve in 4-8 ounces water/ juice/coffee/tea/soda and drink. Common side effects gas, nausea. Report breathing problems/diarrhea/severe bloating/stomach pain. ...Read more
Can someone with chronically low potassium take stimulant laxatives occasionally for constipation? Should they drink orange juice with the lax?
Colace, miralax, (polyethylene glycol) or lactulose. Which is safer for heart patients who also have chronically low potassium?
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
What could be the cause of chronic dehydration with slightly low potassium and sodium? I drink 90oz of water a day and put salt on almost all my food.
Fluid balance: The explanation may be complex. Albuterol in high doses can cause low blood potassium. Otherwise, if you are drinking over 90 oz fluid per day and adding salt, and are still appearing dehydrated to your practitioner, then you must be losing fluid and some Na and K from your body somewhere. Possibilities are GI, skin, or kidneys. Some kidney dz cause just that: fluid loss, Na loss, and K loss. ...Read more
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
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
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
How does hypokalemia affect leg muscle endurance activities like running and swimming? With low potassium can you still build muscle?
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:
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
I get charlie horse like pain in my hips and thighs at night. I have cirrhosis of the liver and low potassium issues. Can the hypokalemia be the cau?
Electrolyte: Abnormalities can often contribute to muscle spasms and cramps. ...Read more