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Does movicol, macrogol for constipation lower potassium or am I safe?

Does movicol, macrogol for constipation lower potassium or am I safe?

Should be safe: Movicol contains some potassium but if you are constipated and they start to work monitor how much stools you are passing. If you have marked increase in diarrhea then you should be checked. You can take potassium rich foods but usually at your age one or two laxatives will not cause low potassium if you are on a good diet. If weakness, cramps, etc then check with your provider ...Read more

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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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I am experiencing constipation. Can you take ex lax with potassium 10 MEQ pills I take one everyday.

I am experiencing constipation. Can you take ex lax with potassium 10 MEQ pills I take one everyday.

Not a great idea!: Stop abusing Ex-Lax. It is an intestinal irritant. I would suggest MiraLax, an osmotic laxative, which is much more gentle. I question the need for potassium unless diagnosed with low potassium- otherwise stop it! ...Read more

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What to if I am on a low potassium diet, will that cause severe constipation?

What to if I am on a low potassium diet, will that cause severe constipation?

Slowing of bowel: Low potassium levels can cause muscle weakness, cramps, irregularities in heart rhythm and slowing of bowel movemnt resulting in constipation. ...Read more

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How can I safely use a fleet enema for constipation if I have chronically low potassium?

How can I safely use a fleet enema for constipation if I have chronically low potassium?

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

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Is it safe to the 250mg each of magnesium and potassium while pregnant? I use it to relieve constipation versus Colace (docusate sodium) which is a Cat C drug.

Not without MD: One should not take a Potassium supplement unless Potassium deficient and not without monitoring. Clear all medications and supplements with your obgyn. Fiber and water are a more natural treatment option for constipation if you are looking to avoid medications. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) every day to help with constipation with a multivitamin? Heard it can deplete potassium.

Is it safe to take milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) every day to help with constipation with a multivitamin? Heard it can deplete potassium.

Cobstipation: Daily laxative may be necessary in some people, but only after they have had their colon evaluated by colonoscopy first and the source of constipation thoroughly evaluated and if psyllium and fiber don't suffice. ...Read more

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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

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

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Can someone with chronically low potassium take stimulant laxatives occasionally for constipation? Should they drink orange juice with the lax?

Can someone with chronically low potassium take stimulant laxatives occasionally for constipation? Should they drink orange juice with the lax?

Medical clearance: You should see medical doctor before you start stimulant in case you have low potassium also laxative not good choice with low potassium. ...Read more

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My potassium is 3.9 could my potassium be low? Tachycardia and dizzy. Period is late and have constipation. Would it be smart to do a blood test?

Assium of 3.9 is wit: Potassium of 3.9 is within typical normal range. Would consider other causes. Maybe ensure thyroid is in appropriate range. Also would get ecg. ...Read more

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Severely constipated but I have chronically low potassium & a heart condition. Is there any way that I can safely administer myself an enema?

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

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I suffer from chronic headaches, constipation, bloating and muscle cramps that often disturb my sleep. My serum sodium /pottasium is 133.3/3.38.?

I suffer from chronic headaches, constipation, bloating and muscle cramps that often disturb my sleep. My serum sodium /pottasium is 133.3/3.38.?

Low sodium: Your symptoms are nonspecific. Sodium level is borderline low. If a repeat test shows definite hyponatremia, it could explain some symptoms. The potassium level is normal, but recurrent muscle cramps may be caused by calcium and magnesium deficiencies as well as low sodium. I recommend an evaluation by an endocrinologist for diagnosis and, if needed, further testing and treatment. ...Read more

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Is too much potassium bad?

Yes: High potassium can lead to numerous problems and could be very dangerous and life threatening. Potassium level in the body is very tightly regulated. Intake of extra dietary potassium may be excreted by the kidneys if healthy however intake of extra potassium without doctor's orders is not recommended. ...Read more

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What raises potassium levels?

What raises potassium levels?

Foods or salt subst: There are plenty of high potassium containing fruits & vegetables like bananas or spinach. Potassium salt substitute is another way to raise level. ...Read more

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Potassium low, how to fix this?

Hi potassium food: Hi potassium intake is the way to go. Eat citrus, tomato, banana, melon, peach, apricot, potato, meats, and similar juices. Figure out why potassium is low. Fix root cause, as you can. Get MD help. ...Read more

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Why is potassium is important?

Why is potassium is important?

See below: Potassium has many critical functions throughout the body. The following 2 websites give details as well as good sources in diet: http://www. Umm. Edu/altmed/articles/potassium-000320.Htm
http://www. Natural-health-information-centre. Com/potassium. Html. ...Read more

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What are normal potassium levels?

What are normal potassium levels?

Blood potassium: In blood, the normal range is 3.6 mg/dL to 5.4 mg/dL. Labs that run these tests typically report a normal range. If you look at a group of healthy individuals, the potassium level in the vast majority will fall between 4.0 to 4.4. ...Read more

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What are the best sources of potassium?

Fruits and nuts: Good dietary sources include dried fruits, especially apricots, fresh fruits, especially melon, oranges and bananas, nuts, especially almonds and pistachios, and parsley. If a true deficiency is present, potassium in pill form is best. For life threatening deficiency, or in patients that cannot eat intravenous potassium is indicated. ...Read more

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What foods have phosphorus and potassium?

Lots of food: Phosphorous and potassium are a part of many foods. The question is usually how much. High phosphorous foods include seafood, meats, bread and dairy products. Common high potassium foods include potatos, bananas, beans and many fruits. ...Read more

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What are some foods that have potassium in it?

Fruits and veggies: Cantelope, oranges, bannanas, watermelon, tomatoes. Potatoes, . ...Read more

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My levels are 60 for potassium should I be worried?

NOT POSSIBLE: EITHER YOU MEAN SIX AND THAT IS SUPER HIGH

OR YOU MIGHT MEAN AMOUNT IN THE URINE NOT THE BLOOD.

PLEASE VERIFY THE INFORMATION ...Read more

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High potassium symptoms?

Depends on how high: When it gets high enough your heart stops. But more commonly high potassium can give you palpitations or sometimes no symptoms at all. Regardless of whether you have symptoms, the cause should be investigated and treated promptly. ...Read more

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Is the potassium a nutrient?

Is the potassium a nutrient?

Mineral: Potassium is an essential mineral used for many functions in your body. It is not a nutrient - that is it contains no energy and your body cannot use it for fuel. But your body needs it critically and without adequate amounts you could get in serious trouble. However, it is a rare diet that lacks enough potassium. ...Read more

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Need help finding high potassium foods?

Partial list:: Http://www. Momswhothink. Com/diet-and-nutrition/foods-high-in-potassium. Html

apricots, dried
artichoke
avocados, raw
bananas, raw
beets, cooked
beet greens
brussels sprouts, cooked
cantaloupe
carrots
dates, dry
figs, dry
honeydew melon
jerusalem artichokes
kiwi fruit, raw
nectarines
orange juice
oranges
pears (fresh)
potatoes, baked,
prune juice
prunes, dried
raisins
spinach, . ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of high potassium?

Hyperkalemia.: Early signs are fairly non-specific and can include nausea, malaise, fatigue, muscle weakness and heart palpitations. But these symptoms can be seen in other disorders too, so they are not unique to hyperkalemia. Unfortunately, if the potassium level becomes too high, life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias may develop. Hope this answers your question. ...Read more

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What blocks the absorption of potassium?

Potassium absorption: Potassium is easily absorbed by the GI tract but certain potassium tablets with hard coating aren't as easily absorbed. ...Read more

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What reduces creatine and potassium levels?

No straight answer: creatinine and potassium levels indicate how well your heart and kidneys function. If you have heart or kidney disease these would have to be fixed first. They are usually elevated when one of those organs is sick ...Read more

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What's your opinion on treating high potassium?

What's your opinion on treating high potassium?

Avoid high potassium: Try and keep potassium in normal range. Severely high potassium affecting heart rhythm is an emergency. ...Read more

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What are common causes of high potassium levels?

What are common causes of high potassium levels?

Factors: A simplistic way to look at it:
potassium levels can be high if the dietary intake is high, if the excretion is low (eg. In kidney disease, or in certain states when the kidneys can't excrete potassium well even if the function otherwise is normal like rta), or if potassium shifts from inside the cells to the blood stream. ...Read more

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Are there any good substitutes for potassium in bananas?

Potassium sources: Other foods contain adequate amounts of potassium (k) besides bananas. They include all citrus fruits, tomatos and potatos, among others. Be sure you know what your kidney function is, as patients with chronic kidney disease may get a k load they cannot handle if they eat unlimited amounts of food high in k. See a doctor or nutiritionist for more information. ...Read more

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While taking floinef, how often should I have my potassium checked?

Hypokalemia: There is a tendency to develop low potassium or hypokalemia while taking florinef (fludrocortisone). Your doctor may have order some testing prior to start the medications and once you are established in a regular dosing schedule. A monthly follow up seems reasonable, particularly if taking supplements. ...Read more

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Low potassium symptoms?

Low potassium symptoms?

Muscle cramps: Muscle cramps called charlie horses, fatigue and dizziness with or without palpitations. ...Read more

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Symtems of low potassium?

Electrical: The concentration of sodium outside and potassium inside cells is important to the resting membrane charge on the cell surface. This has implications specifically for heart muscle cells (arrhythmia) and regular muscle cells (weakness).
The potassium concentration has to get below 3mmol/l before either of these would be expected. ...Read more

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What causes low potassium?

Medications: Not enough potassium in your diet, urinar losses in potassium, medications, certain endocrine disease. ...Read more

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Symptoms of low potassium?

Usually none.: One can suspect low potassium by a clinical history or by abnormalities on the ekg but there are usually no symptoms. People who take Benazepril often run potassium on the higher side of normal. ...Read more

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Does tumeric have potassium?

Turmeric: Yes it does have potassium but not a high source of potassium such as banana or orange juice. ...Read more

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