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Does potassium remove sodium from the body?

Does potassium remove sodium from the body?

Complex: The two are exchanged for each other in the distal aspect of the kidney filtering units.

Kayexalate is a resin that does exchange sodium for potassium in the gut. Abuse of this treatment can cause the serum sodium to rise. ...Read more

Dr. Madhu Kandarpa
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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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What to do if I think my body is excreting too much water, sodium & potassium! What can I do?

What to do if I think my body is excreting too much water, sodium & potassium! What can I do?

Chemistry panel: Our kidneys get rid of water, sodium and potassium, if the intake of these are high. I suggest you consult your physician and get some simple blood tests like basic chemistry panel, which will detect the electrolyte problems. ...Read more

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Dr changed my diclofenac potassium to sodium, not sure why? But I've felt intense flushing/hotflashes, & heartbeating fast, feeling odd, is it normal?

Dr changed my diclofenac potassium to sodium, not sure why? But I've felt intense flushing/hotflashes, & heartbeating fast, feeling odd, is it normal?

No: There Re some people who notice a difference in effectiveness between these medications even though the active ingredient is the same. The side effects you are describing are. To normal with this change. It is always possible you are having an a usual side effect from the medication. Ask your doctor to switch you back to be sure. ...Read more

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What will sodium potasium do in the body if a person eats it every day?

What will sodium potasium do in the body if a person eats it every day?

Normal body function: Both salts are taken by us all with our food and drink. Both are essential for proper function of all cells in the body. Eating too much sodium (salt) may cause high blood pressure. ...Read more

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Will I need to have the goal amount of sodium and potassium everyday?

No: Recommended daily amounts of these are not required, your kidneys will excrete excess amounts and are excellent at retaining na and k during times of shortage. The western diet is chock full of sodium and potassium is found in fruits and vegetables. ...Read more

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What are the risks of potassium or sodium benzoate (commonly found as preservatives)?

See below: Very little. The drug is used in medicine to assist in lowering serum ammonia levels by activation of a nonurea cycle pathway; ammonia in the presence of benzoate will conjugate with glycine to form hippurate which is secreted by the kidney. As a preservative, there is little worry unless the individual is also on probenecid which can inhibit benzoate renal excretion. ...Read more

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What is combined levels of high potassium and low sodium mean?

What is combined levels of high potassium and low sodium mean?

Nephrologist: Low sodium and high potassium means either there is dehydration as in severe diarrhea or overhydration, excess fluid as in heart failure. This electrolyte abnormality is a complex physiological derangement, which is usually best dealt by a nephrologist. ...Read more

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Why some medication caming with sodium, potassium and HCl and other medication without?

Why some medication caming with sodium, potassium and HCl and other medication without?

Pharmacologic basis: It is based on where the medication is metabolized and absorbed as well as whether the medication is time release or not. Some of these formulations may lengthen the time the medicine lasts or where it acts. ...Read more

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What guidelines for potassium and sodium should I follow when cooking a dinner for someone on dialysis?

What guidelines for potassium and sodium should I follow when cooking a dinner for someone on dialysis?

Keep it low: For a person on dialysis, they need to have a low potassium and low salt diet. Dialysis patients can not regulate potassium and salt very well, so they need to minimize these minerals in their diets. If they have too much dietary salt and potassium, cardic issues and and an elevated bood pressure can occur. ...Read more

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Low Aldosterone 10 range 15-70 with normal sodium and potassium?? and I eat a normal sodium diet, not too much and not too little sodium..

Low Aldosterone 10 range 15-70 with normal sodium and potassium?? and I eat a normal sodium diet, not too much and not too little sodium..

ACTH challenge tes: A low aldosterone could be due to a problem with the adrenal glands or due to other causes. An ACTH stimulation test for aldosterone can be done - a low aldosterone response to the stimulation would indicate that there is dysfunction in the adrenal glands. A high aldosterone response would indicate that the problem is not due to adrenal gland dysfunction. ...Read more

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Is there a good time of day to take sodium and potassium? I know that cortisol tapers off throughout the day. Is sodium and potassium simular?

Is there a good time of day to take sodium and potassium? I know that cortisol tapers off throughout the day. Is sodium and potassium simular?

Anytime is good: If you have a minor deficiency, then often it can be corrected with once a day supplements given at any time. If the deficiency is more severe, then it's better to take multiple smaller doses during the day, rather than one large dose. This is true even in the setting of treated adrenal deficiency complicated by diarrhea. ...Read more

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I have a 3.2 potassium level, & im scared... Can eating processed/sodium-filled foods cause this? I don't eat nearly as many whole foods as I should...

Don't worry: It's not that bad. It's only mildly low. You can eat more bananas, orange juice, leafy green vegetables, and other vegetables. They contain more potassium. Processed foods can leach nutrients in general but not specifically potassium. ...Read more

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I recently have been experiencing strange health issues, had 2 blood potassium levels that were high. Now 5.0 but low sodium 133. Been felling unwell?

HIgh potassium level: You lab results are a bit abnormal. It would be helpful is you could get the results of the bun, creatinine and carbon dioxide levels, as well. Ask the doctor who ordered the blood tests for you for his explanation of your lab work. He is the best position to answer your questions. ...Read more

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Have hypoadrenal with low potassium and low sodium how can this be?

Have hypoadrenal with low potassium and low sodium how can this be?

Over Rx?: I see that you are already taking Fludrocortisone for what I would imagine is addison's disease. You are on several medications and the interplay may have lowered both your cations; if either is far from reference range, your physician knows how to manage this. ...Read more

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Sodium-133, potassium-5.2, urea-105, creatinine-4.2. How to reduce the urea and creatinine levels?

High Blood Levels: To properly answer your question, more information is needed. Specifically, your age, weight and race will give a nephrologist an idea of what your kidney function is. You need to have an ultrasound of your kidneys to see if you have obstruction present. Please see a nephrologist so that doctor can do a history and physicalexam and order the ultrasound as well as a 24 hour urine collection. ...Read more

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What is the difference between sodium and potassium deficiencies?

Probably not: Potassium is mostly inside the cell, so it doesn't have much effect on urination. Sodium is mostly outside the cell and does cause problems with swelling and urination. See your doctor. ...Read more

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What is the effect of insulin on sodium and potassium concentration in the cell? Explain please

Hi Owl: You will get a more precise answer by looking this up on wickepedia or googling it. 400 words not enough room and these details most docs need to look up themselves for the cellular mechanics of sodium potassium exchange, need for potassium replacement w/ insulin, etc, are vast. Gd luc. ...Read more

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I lost 100lbs, I exercise daily, I eat 70% raw fruit + veggies. Avg. Sodium is 2.3g, potassium 4.5g. My BP is 134/68. Where could I be going wrong?

I lost 100lbs, I exercise daily, I eat 70% raw fruit + veggies. Avg. Sodium is 2.3g, potassium 4.5g. My BP is 134/68. Where could I be going wrong?

You're doing fine...: You have made excellent progress towards a more healthy lifestyle. Why do you think something may be going wrong? If you had high blood pressire it is now normal. What is your weight goal? Good idea to take a multivitamin, omega 3 oil and vitamin d=3 and b-12. Be sure you continue to follow up with your physician, continue your weight loss/exercise, and please don't get discouraged! ...Read more

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How does licorice lower potassium, raise sodium?

How does licorice lower potassium, raise sodium?

See below: Licorice contains a steroid, glycyrrhetinic acid inhibits a enzyme in the kidney 11-beta-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 2 which by a complex mechanism in the kidney can cause sodium retention and pottassium excretion and high blood pressure. ...Read more

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What is the recommended maximum sodium & potassium intake each day?

What is the recommended maximum sodium & potassium intake each day?

1500 mg a day: This is for a "low sodium diet". Potassium intake could vary depending on whether you have advanced kidney disease or not.
I have a comprehensive article on this here:

http://www. Kidneydoctorbradenton. Org/2013/04/diet-for-patients-with-kidney-disease. Html. ...Read more

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What food is high in carbs and potassium, but low on sodium and calories?

Most grains.: Most grains are high in carbs and low in sodium, unless added. All are high in potassium. ...Read more

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Can fludrocortisone make any changes in the sodium, potassium balance in the muscle cell?

Can fludrocortisone make any changes in the sodium, potassium balance in the muscle cell?

Yes: All steroids can cause myopathy. That implies a change in electrolyte movements within skeletal muscles. A myopathy can manifest as muscle weakness. It is rare. Generally not seen, myopathy from cortisone is caused by a large dose taken. So, even though the answer to your question is yes it is unusual. A history of adverse cortisone effects makes it more likely to occur. ...Read more

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I don't meet my recommended daily potassium and sodium intake. What problems can this create?

I don't meet my recommended daily potassium and sodium intake. What problems can this create?

Intake of sodium: How do you know that your levels of sodium (s) and potassium (k) are low? Have low levels of them on a blood test? If not, you are ingesting enough of both. If you k is low, reasons for this may various kidney problems or a low magnesium level. If your s is low, it may be due to some edema formation, diuretics, hyperglycemia or other water retaining state. See a nephrologist for more information. ...Read more

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What actually happens when a person with hypertension takes sodium or potassium rich foods? Is the BP rise temporary or permanent?

What actually happens when a person with hypertension takes sodium or potassium rich foods? Is the BP rise temporary or permanent?

Temporary: When you ingest salt (sodium, potassium) in high amounts, this draws water with it to maintain a certain concentration. The more water, the higher the blood volume and the higher the pressure. Healthy kidneys eventually excrete the salt. ...Read more

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What could cause low sodium AND low potassium? I thought that when one went down the other went up? Over the last year I have been very tired.

Lots of things: The idea of a reciprocal relationship between these two cations is an old pop / quack / phony claim. If you are not taking meds, my first concern would be an interstitial nephritis. If they are significantly out of kilter, get worked up. ...Read more

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My wife had a second blood test and results as follows. Creatinine 36.0 umol/L. Sodium 1.38 umol/L and potassium 4.4 umol/L what does this mean?

Hard to interpret: Blood tests can't be taken out of context. They are only a part of any physician's evaluation and must be interpreted along with the history and physical exam. Also need to know the normal ranges for the particular laboratory. I suspect the sodium is 138, not 1.38, and that is usually within the normal range. So is potassium. Creatinine = 36/88.4=0.41mg/dl seems low. High creatinine is worrisome. ...Read more

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