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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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?
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. ISBN 9780743410076 discuss with Dr. If you have ever been told you have high aldosterone go to [email protected] ...Read more
I have chronically low potassium. I have a bladder infection & need antibiotics. Are cephalosporins safe or can they cause electrolyte disturbances?
I have wolff Parkinson white syndrome and chronically low potassium. Is Zantac (ranitidine) safe for me to use for GERD?
I have chronically low potassium, i was perscribed miralax (polyethylene glycol) for chronic constipation. Will muralax cause electrolyte imblances?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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?
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