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I keep having to take potassium because I keep losing it. What can cause this?

I keep having to take potassium because I keep losing it. What can cause this?

Diagnosis first: I would first have to ask why you know you are always losing potassium. The kidneys are very good at being able to hold onto potassium, especially when you aren't eating very much. Most people who are losing potassium are on blood pressure medications called diuretics (lasix, chlorthalidone, hydrochlorothiazide). A switch to a different medicine may be the solution. ...Read more

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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 condition would cause you to lose magnesium and potassium through urine?

What condition would cause you to lose magnesium and potassium through urine?

Mg and K wasting: Urine losses of Mg and K are promoted by diuretics, exposure to cisplatinum and carboplatinum for chemotherapy, high glucose and glucose passage thru urine, and in a few genetic renal diseases, such as Gitelmans syndrome. ...Read more

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What could make my potassium levels go up? I take Zanaflex (tizanidine) could that cause it ?

What could make my potassium levels go up? I take Zanaflex (tizanidine) could that cause it  ?

Check with doctor. : Your doctor can help answer your question after a careful review of your medical history and current medication usage including nonprescription medications and supplements. Avoid tight fist clenching when they draw your blood as this can result in a phenomenon known as pseudohyperkalemia. Zanaflex (tizanidine) probably is not responsible. ...Read more

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I took aldactone (spironolactone) and it caused me to have high potassium levels? Why? Is that bad? I wanted to take it for my hirsituism :(

Side effect : That is a known side effect but most people with normal kidney function should not developed increased potassium. Best to get a full blood work and take low potassium diet and have your labs checked on a regular basis. Discuss all options with your MD. ...Read more

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What causes a low blood calcium level? Mine is 8.5 and i already take potassium and magnesium. Do they have anything to do with it? Vit d 57.6

What causes a low blood calcium level?  Mine is 8.5 and i already take potassium and magnesium.  Do they have anything to do with it? Vit d 57.6

A calcium of: 8.5 is still normal. The calcium level is "total" calcium, of which 1/2 is bound to proteins. Have your doctor check your "ionized calcium" which is a much more accurate determination of whether your calcium is low or not. Low parathyroid hormone can cause low calcium, as can certain kidney diseases, and other problems. Make sure you are on calcium and d. Your d level is already ok. Check w/docto. ...Read more

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I have had low potassium before, caused by ibd, i raised my levels w/ diet. If it is low again, how long should it take to improve w/ high potas. Diet?

I have had low potassium before, caused by ibd, i raised my levels w/ diet. If it is low again, how long should it take to improve w/ high potas. Diet?

IBD& K: It is very difficult to say how long because i don't know how much potassium your diet contains? What diet you are on?How often do you check your k? How much & how often you have ibd diarrhea. Low and high potassium are very serious. Can cause arrhythmia. Please see professional nutritionist or dietician. ...Read more

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What kind of test will nephrologist do to determine cause of consistent low potassium? I do not take diuretics or have GI prob.

Hypokalemia tests: Some of the tests used to find a cause for hypokalemia, low potassium are: •serum renin, aldosterone, magnesium and cortisol, •24-hour urine aldosterone, cortisol, sodium, and potassium, •pituitary imaging to evaluate for cushing syndrome, •adrenal imaging to evaluate for adenoma, •evaluation for renal artery stenosis and •enzyme assays for 17-beta hydroxylase deficiency. Good luck. ...Read more

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Potassium lvl of 2.8 w/ 80 meq of potassium a day? Takes spirolactone, trimeterine and others for chf. Causes for this? Treatment options?

Potassium lvl of 2.8 w/ 80 meq of potassium a day? Takes spirolactone, trimeterine and others for chf. Causes for this? Treatment options?

Lasix (furosemide)?: This is clearly a abnormal. Potassium losses like this have to be distinguished between GI losses from diarrhea or renal losses. A trans tubular potassium gradient can help. ...Read more

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Been having severe muscle contractions in my limbs. I take potassium ca & mg. Last nite began bilat mus. Of inner thighs. Cause?

Been having severe muscle contractions in my limbs. I take potassium ca & mg. Last nite began bilat mus. Of inner thighs. Cause?

Multiple: Muscle crampr are very frequent to occur specially in older individual.Muscle cramps that occur at night and at rest could be very painful.True ethiology of those cramps is unknown..Frequent reasons are low electrolytes, overuse.Medical conditions that cause electrolyte imbalance can cause cramps, neurologycal conditions such as als(amyotrophic lateral esclerosis)radiculopathy diabetic neuropathy.Ot. ...Read more

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What would cause my potassium to be low with cardiac issues and flank pain? Doc said urine looked good. Im 24/eat well/do not overly lose fluids

What would cause my potassium to be low with cardiac issues and flank pain? Doc said urine looked good. Im 24/eat well/do not overly lose fluids

Urinary losses: Unless you have long standing diarrhea or take water pills, you abnormally lose potassium in urine. Need to see a nephrologist. It is possible that your adrenal gland secretes more of aldosterone hormone than normal. Lab tests would confirm this. There are other possibilities too that need to be ruled out by your doc. It may end up that you will need to take a potassium pill or two, long term. ...Read more

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What can cause severe leg muscle contractions? My potassium level is normal and i take magnesium every day, so I am exploring other explanations.

See your : Doctor about your concerns they may refer you for vascular testing. You are rather young for this but it does happen. Better safe then sorry. ...Read more

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Is a potassium level of 3.0 deadly and can it cause 155+ resting heart rate? i can not take supplement due to taking med that couteracts. thanks!

Get evaluated ASAP: Low potassium levels, or hypokalemia, can cause potential heart arrhythmias (uneven rhythms) and high heart rates. Also, muscle cramping and weakness. First issue is to get evaluated emergently if your heart rate is really that high as you may need to get potassium corrected other potential interventions. In long run, talk to your doctor about adjusting medications/close follow-up of potassiums ...Read more

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My thigh muscles feel like they are pulled, and my legs feel very weak, without obvious cause could this be low potassium, as i take hydrochlorothiaz?

Possibly: Very low potassium (generally <2.0) can cause those symptoms, also called periodic paralysis, but hctz (hydrochlorothiazide) generally doesn't cause such profound fall in potassium so it's more likely that something else is going on. ...Read more

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What can cause your potassium to go to 3.4. And can it affect your heart? I take vitamins, ester c, d, e.Fish oil lysine, can any of them affect your potassium?

A : A potassium level of 3.4 is normal in most labs and won't affect your heart. The most common cause of a low potassium is treatment with diuretics ( water pills ) for high blood pressure. None of supplements you are taking should affect postassium. ...Read more

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Can taking potassium cause you to itch?

No: It must be something else, unless you are allergic to the particular formulation of potassium you are taking. ...Read more

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What can cause high levels of potassium?

What can cause high levels of potassium?

Hyperkalemia: Because the kidneys are able to excrete potassium well, high potassium level in the blood is rare in patients with normal kidney function. High blood potassium level can result in patients with reduced kidney function in certain settings (excessive potassium intake, cell/tissue death, or shift of potassium from intracelluar to extracellular compartment). ...Read more

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What will cause the body to waste potassium?

What will cause the body to waste potassium?

Lots of things: There are numerous medications that affect potassium balance as well as modify potassium removal from the body. One of the most common conditions in the U.S. Is a high sodium diet requiring the use of diuretics to avoid fluid overload giving the side effect low potassium. There are rare hormone causes of kidney potassium losses. Also vomiting or diarrhea can cause low potassium. Good luck. ...Read more

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