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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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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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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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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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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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