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Does Hctz Cause Low Potassium
Depends on level: Low potassium can cause muscle pain, cramps, weakness, paralysis, and even heart rhythm disturbance. Low glucose can cause a variety of symptoms including shakiness, sweating, palpitation, and most concerning brain dysfunction, e.g. Confusion and even seizure. Above are not complete lists. Extent of symptoms are in part related to severity of drop in levels. ...Read more
Depends on how low. : By the time your blood potassium is low the total body potassium is really depleted. Slightly low potassium on it's own should not cause any arrhythmias. In combination with certain medications heart rhythm abnormalities may occur. Very low levels of potassium can cause serious arrhythmias. You should have your pcp follow this closely. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It can: The body may respond initially to fluid loss with increasing the heart rate & various stress hormones & chemicals that can push up the blood pressure for a while. Prolonged fluid losses will eventually result in low blood pressure, often to worrisome levels. The first treatment for such cases is a rapid intravenous infusion of fluid. ...Read more
Low sodium: Low serum sodium concentrations in circulating blood sure can lead to seizures. If serum sodium concentrations drop fast, then brain sweiling happens rapidly with compression of brain matter. Seizure, coma, brain herniation can result. Low serum sodium concentrations are not induced by low sodium diets. Please don't confuse these. ...Read more
Not directly: A high potassium level in and of itself won't cause a weight gain. However, if potassium level is high due to poor kidney function, weight gain could be seen due to water retention. Avoid high potassium foods until you discuss this with your doctor (bananas, oranges, tomatoes, potatoes.) good luck. ...Read more
Sugar and potassium: Insulin is required for potassium (k) to enter the cells along with glucose (g). If one has high g levels, there is a shortage of effective insulin. K stays in the blood, out of the cells, and it is eliminated in the urine, by an osmotic diuresis due to the high g level. Once g levels are controlled, with insulin, both g and k go into the cells of the body and the osmotic diuresis is ended. ...Read more
Yes. There are: 2 ways Nexium (esomeprazole) (or any proton pump inhibitor class drugs) can cause low potassium. First it can cause low magnesium, which in turns decrease the level of potassium in your blood. Second it can cause diarrhea, which as you lose water from the colon will cause potassium to follow and drop the overall concentration of potassium from your extracellular fluid. So eat extra bananas and foods high in K ...Read more
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