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Does Synthroid Cause Elevated Potassium
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
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
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,?
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
Taking 10mg lisinopril/day. Will a supplement containing 300 mg potassium/day cause issues with elevated potassium?
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
Could drinking lemon water and green smoothies with spinach, banana and a raw egg daily be the cause of my elevated potassium level? Thanks......
Hyperkalemia: Yes it could. Have your doctor investigate it. ...Read more
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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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
Potassium rich foods: Include bananas as you said, citrus fruits including oj, potatoes, tomato sauce/paste including ketchup, and squash. Medicine will need to be given by your doctor since potassium otc is suboptimal to do the job due to the need for a higher dose and need for blood level frequent check. There are meds and water pills that your doctor can use to boost your potassium level too. ...Read more
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How can I deal with hyperkalemia (high potassium) during treatement of high blood pressur by zestril (lisinopril)?
EKG says I have hyperkalemia but my serum potassium is always normal. Cardiologist says I'm OK and required no further tests. Is this worrisome?
EKG is wrong: Actually it is the interpretation of the EKG that is in error. There are some distinct signs of hyperkalemia on EKG but they are not necessarily specific and if your serum potassium drawn at the same time is not elevated then there would be another explanation for your presumably peaked T-waves. ...Read more
Very unlikely: Synthroid is giving you levothyroxine, a naturally occurring compound that the thyroid normally makes. It is remotely possible (< 1% chance) that the headache could be due to a reaction to the dye in the pills. If so, then switching to 50 mcg pills (may need more than 1 per day) would eliminate the headaches. ...Read more
TSH w/reflex to T4 was 0.25. T4 free 1.2. T3 free 2.7. Tsh level was higher and synthroid (thyroxine) 137mg. Still on same dosage. Would this cause fatigue?
Possibly.: The low TSH with associated normal free T4 and free T3, (liothyronine) suggests borderline hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) which can cause fatigue. However, one should seek a thorough medical exam prior to concluding that the symptom of fatigue is not due to some other problem. ...Read more
Hashimotos. Was fine on 25mcg synthroid, (thyroxine) now suffering from fatigue, muscle weakness, and body aches. Could there be another cause or my pregnancy?
I'm on metoprolol, benicar, omeorazole, allegra, synthroid, (thyroxine) and ativan. Will any of these cause liver kidney or electrolyte issues? Or cardiac issues?
Unlikely: I guess the answer depends on whether you are a glass half empty or a glass half full person. You are not likely to have any of those adverse effects from the medications you listed, however there is no medication that is not associated with rare liver toxicity, and several of the medications on the list might have some of the other side effects you listed. Rarely. ...Read more
Major depression, mind fog, exhausted achs...Thyroid levels slightly elevated...Been on lower dosage of Synthroid (thyroxine) for 4 day. How long before it help?
Difficult to say: If you're depression is indeed being caused by april thyroidism then you could take a month or more for your thyroid build up to a level where the depression would go into remission. However, I also see that you're not on an antidepressant and that might be a wise thing to start on in the interim. There is no guaranteed that correcting your thyroid will alleviate your depression. And depression may simply be another disease that happened to occur while you were hypothyroid. It's difficult in these situations to imply causeand effect. Please discuss this with your doctor. Best wishes and good luck for a happy holiday season. ...Read more
My PCP wants me to start taking Synthroid 25 mcg to treat a mildly elevated TSH with normal T4. I have No symptoms. I'm 5'9" 142 lbs, with normal cholesterol levels. I have occasional palpitations with normal EKG's. For about a year, my TSH with Reflex to
Yes: Sure, if it is too much. Have your doctor measure serum T4 and tsh, and adjust the dose. ...Read more
Osteoporosis: It is very unlikely particularly if you are taking the dose your doctor prescribed and you have follow up labs. ...Read more
When overused: Yes. Taken in excess (or, much less commonly at a dose that's just too high for you) synthroid (thyroxine) can cause abnormal rhythms, particularly in the top chamber. These can manifest as palpitations, rapid heart rate, or even near-fainting symptoms. Lab tests can evaluate whether you have too much synthroid (thyroxine). ...Read more
PTH and thyroxine:
My apologies if I have already answered this.
The combination of abnormal PTH and thyroxine needs fairly quick attention.
You meed PTH and thyroid labs done and also imaging of your thyroid and parathyroids.
Once that is done your endocrinologist and thyroid surgeon will decide what, if any, surgery is indicated. ...Read more
What can cause high TSH level after several years of Synthroid (thyroxine) for post ablative (graves) hypothroidism?
Usually low Thyroid: Post ablative hypothyroidism is a condition where the thyroid gland is not functioning well and thus the patient needs more thyroid hormone. A "high tsh" actually mean there is not enough thyroid in the blood, thus an increase in dosage of the synthroid (thyroxine) is needed. Go see your family doctor and he/she will make adjustments and recheck the TSH level. This is very sensitive to thyroid in the body. ...Read more
24 yr male with 60 kg, 5.5" tall, high anti-TPO antibodies. And a slightly elevated tsh. Normal t3and t4. Not gaining weight. Shd I start thyroxine?
Hard call: Different endocrinologists will offer you different opinions. Staying trim like you are now is of course good. The question is whether your hashimoto's (which I suspect you have -- does your physician?) is slipping into hypothyroidism; only a minority do -- and if so, whether you want to take a bit of thyroxine perhaps as an experiment. Talk with yourdoctor & perhaps a 2nd opinion. Good luck. ...Read more
Hypothyroid. TSH started @ 13.8 & ft4 1.3. On synthroid. Antibodies normal. Never had thyroid surgery, meds that affect thyroid. What could be cause?
You could have Hashimoto's thyroiditis which is the most common cause of hypothyroidism and it is possible that some patients could have negative antibodies. In this case the symptoms are usually milder.
Also a transient hypothyroidism could happen in woman after deliver so if you had a baby recently that could explain it ...Read more
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