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Doctor insights on: Does Synthroid Cause Elevated Potassium

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I was in ER due to low potassium from blood pressure drug chlorlithidone to find also i was over medicated on Synthroid (thyroxine) to how long till side eff gone?

I was in ER due to low potassium from blood pressure drug chlorlithidone to find also i was over medicated on Synthroid (thyroxine) to how long till side eff gone?

Resolve quickly: Hyperthyroidism can also lower blood potassium. Some people taking Chlorthalidone need extra potassium, others don't. If your synthroid (thyroxine) dose is correctly adjusted, and if you take some extra potassium, you should be fine. If you stick with the chlorthalidone, you should use rx potassium (can't do it with bananas). May be best to use another BP medication. ...Read more

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Hyperkalemia (Definition)

Hyperkalemia in an elevated potassium level in the blood. It can be mild to severe. The most common causes are kidney disease, Addison's disease, dehydration, and multiple drug therapies. It can occur in crush injuries and rhabdomyolysis (rapid breakdown of muscle) or hemolysis (breakdown of blood cells). Severe hyperkalemia can be fatal and cause the heart to stop beating or become very slow. It is usually treated by resin exchange agents (Kayexalate or others) or dialysis and fluids. Sometimes glucose, Insulin and sodium bicarbonate can be utilized as ...Read more


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I know i have a problem with my thyroid, but i have tried synthroid, (thyroxine) but I think it has to do with potassium deficiency, is that possible for the weight gain, fluid retention, charlie horses,?

I know i have a problem with my thyroid, but i have tried synthroid, (thyroxine) but I think it has to do with potassium deficiency,  is that possible for the weight gain, fluid retention,  charlie horses,?

Not likely: You have to stop guessing.If you have a thyroid problem and if you were prescribed Synthroid (thyroxine) means you have Hypothyroidism,you have to continue and follow up with your Doctor who prescribed the Synthroid (thyroxine) as you will need repeat blood test to see if you need any dose adjustment. Pottasium deficiency does not cause weight gain and fluid retention,ask your doctor to check potassium level as well ...Read more

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What could be the cause of elevated potassium levels? 

What could be the cause of elevated potassium levels? 

Error or real: Elevation may be due to drawing the blood. If not, kidney dz, medications or over supplementation may be the cause. Could be others. Check with your doctor! ...Read more

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Taking 10mg lisinopril/day. Will a supplement containing 300 mg potassium/day cause issues with elevated potassium?

Taking 10mg lisinopril/day. Will a supplement containing 300 mg potassium/day cause issues with elevated potassium?

POSSIBLY: Lisinopril is known to often raise your potassium level. Taking additional potassium, if your potassium is already high can lead to serious issues. Avoid supplement if your last potassium level was already high. Otherwise have your potassium levels checked out regularly. ...Read more

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Hyperparathyroidism with low vit. D and slightly elevated potassium . What does this mean to you? Could high potassium cause headaches? Dizziness?

Hyperparathyroidism with low vit. D and slightly elevated potassium . What does this mean to you? Could high potassium cause headaches? Dizziness?

Hyperparathyroidism: It means you do have Hyperparathyroidism and since you are less than 50 years old,you are a candidate for Parathyroid surgery to cure it.You need vit d supplemet depending on your level.High Pottasium level has been described with Hyperparathyroidism and may cause headace ...Read more

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Does destruction of platelets lead to elevated potassium?

Does destruction of platelets lead to elevated potassium?

Pseudohyperkalemia: If your platelet level is normal or low- you will not have elevated potassium related to the platelet destruction- unless you have significant kidney problem/failure. Pseudohyperkalemia-increased in-vitro potassium level can happen-in the setting of significantly elevated level of platelet- due to the release of potassium from platelet granules during coagulation, as well as during degranulation. ...Read more

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Dr says I have elevated potassium don't use salt substitute, is sea salt a sub.?

Dr says I have elevated potassium don't use salt substitute, is sea salt a sub.?

Not a substitute: Regular table salt traditionally came from the sea (or where the sea used to be until the water went away, leaving behind the salt). "sea salt" is like regular salt, but may not have the added iodine. Since we all need a bit of iodine, one should use regular iodized salt or iodized "sea salt", if allowed to use salt. ...Read more

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Can drinking too much milk cause hyperkalemia? Just wondering as milk is a decent Source of potassium and ive been drinking more of it latelym

Should be ok for...: What is too much is hard to define. In reality, most persons have a pair of kidneys with a wide range of functional reserve to automatically manage what you consume. Nonetheless, testing serum electrolytes once will bring a firm reassurance; that is a easy thing to do. Plane speculation will impose much pressure of unnecessary anxiety and even fear. More, seek counseling. ...Read more

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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Klorvess (Definition)

Klorvess is a mineral which is a kind of nutritional agent ...Read more