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Doctor insights on: Do I Need To Take Potassium Supplements When I Take Hydrochlorothiazide

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When taking a diuretic, do you need to also take a potassium supplement?

When taking a diuretic, do you need to also take a potassium supplement?

Possibly: Depending on the specific diuretic you are taking. Some diuretics waste more potassium than others. Also if you are taking a potassium sparing diuretic you may not need extra potassium. Either way tou should have your potassium levels monitored. ...Read more

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Dr. Randy Baker
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Do potassium supplements work the same as magnesium supplements? When is the best time of day to take potassium, with or without food?

Do potassium supplements work the same as magnesium supplements? When is the best time of day to take potassium, with or without food?

Different: Both are different electrolytes (and magnesium is essential for absorption of potassium. The biggest question is why you are taking them as supplements and what you need rafter than want. They are best taken with meals otherwise tend to cause upset stomach. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to take a potassium supplement while also taking losartan?

Is it dangerous to take a potassium supplement while also taking losartan?

Possibly: If you are taking a potassium supplement because you are being treated with a diuretic, upon adding losartan, you might not require continuation of the potassium supplement. Monitor potassium. ...Read more

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How much potassium supplements should I take over-the-counter for low potassium levels I have hypokalimea?

How much potassium supplements should I take over-the-counter for low potassium levels I have hypokalimea?

Here are some. ..: Your clinical profile suggested you've been under professional care so ti would be most reasonable and beneficial for you to address this Q to your existing Doc since she/he knows the most about your conditions and the best about what you need than anyone else. So, contact Doc timely. ...Read more

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What are the most effective potassium supplements you can take?

What are the most effective potassium supplements you can take?

Potassium supplement: The most effective potassium supplement is your diet and usually if you eat lots of fruits and vegetables then you will obtain all the potassium you need from your diet. However, some medicines and health issues cause individuals to loose potassium, and those people need to take extra. So try to eat foods rich in potassium like bananas, potatoes and oranges or take supplements with a meal. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are potassium supplements good for?

Supplements: Potassium (k) supplements are available and can be used to supplement low serum k levels. You should see your doctor to see if you actually need supplemental k and, if so, why. You may have a loss of k via your kidneys due to medications or a magnesium deficit. See your physician in the office for the right answer to your question. ...Read more

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Is taking a potassium supplement necessary aside from your daily food intake if you lift weights six days a week?

Is taking a potassium supplement necessary aside from your daily food intake if you lift weights six days a week?

Potassium: Typically no -- diet potassium is easy to acquire from fruits and vegetables that are rich in potassium; these include citrus fruits, tropical fruits, juices, tomato, potato, peaches, apricots, melons, etc. ...Read more

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Are over-the-counter potassium supplements safe?

Why?: If you have low potassium there needs to be an evaluation and cause? Taking diuretics? Renal issues? Etc! In moderation, and in normal persons potassium should be excreted if not needed. In excess and with some problems it could be quite dangerous ...Read more

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What are the best over-the-counter potassium supplements?

What are the best over-the-counter potassium supplements?

Fruits & vegetables: All otc potassium supplements in the us are limited to 99 mg because more can irritate your stomach. 1 cup of tomatoes/1 cup of carrots or 1 banana = 4 of these pills. 1 baked potato or yam= 9 pills. Leafy greens, mushrooms & avocado are other good sources. See http://www. Whfoods. Com/genpage. Php? Dbid=90&tname=nutrient as dr. Anywanu mentions, if on an ace inhibitor too much potassium is dangerous! ...Read more

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I recently realized I am only consuming ~800mg of potassium a day (including my multivitamin), should I start taking a potassium supplement?

Potassium: With normal kidney and endocrine function and a reasonably well balanced diet potassium is tightly homeostatically regulated ...Read more

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With hypertension and hypokalemia what is the best potassium supplements?

With hypertension and hypokalemia what is the best potassium supplements?

Consider workup: Rather than asking about potassium supplements, the first thing I would make sure is there is no reversible causes or hypertension and hypokalemia. People with a genetic disorder that cause high aldosterone levels will lead to more sodium retention resulting in hypertension. Wehn sodium is absorbed, it dumps potassium. If an adenoma is causing this, it may be able to be removed and fix problem. ...Read more

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Is losartan potassium tablets given for hypertension also a potassium supplement or are they two different medicines?

Potassium and Cozaar (losartan): The potassium (K) found in losartan (L) is a very minute amount and is not intended to be a K supplement. L does have the ability to elevate serum K levels, so supplementation of K by K chloride tablets may not be needed. ...Read more

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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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Hydrochlorothiazide (Definition)

This is a diuretic often used to treat high blood pressure. It can be used alone or often in combination with ...Read more