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Constipation And Potassium
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
I am experiencing constipation. Can you take ex lax with potassium 10 MEQ pills I take one everyday.
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
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.
Is it safe to take milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) every day to help with constipation with a multivitamin? Heard it can deplete potassium.
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 ›
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?
Constipation/narcotics for mouth surgery. Low potassium 2.5/2.8. Diarrhea smell foul &on/off. Gas/ache in belly button sometimes, hernia?
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
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
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
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
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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brussels sprouts, cooked
kiwi fruit, raw
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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
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
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
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
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