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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
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
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 :(
How quickly can doctors find the root cause of low potassium? Are there lots of tests that have to be done? I don't take any meds that would cause it.
I take 10 meqs of Kcl and my potassium is 3.5. My doctor doesn't seem to care why it was low in the first place, 2.8. Isn't it important to find the cause?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Potassium lvl of 2.8 w/ 80 meq of potassium a day? Takes spirolactone, trimeterine and others for chf. Causes for this? Treatment options?
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