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How do I get more potassium in my daily diet?

How do I get more potassium in my daily diet?

Potassium in diet: Bananas are famous for their potassium content, and they're easy to eat. You can also get great potassium by eating: white beans; dark leafy greens; baked potato (with skin); dried apricots; baked acorn squash; plain yogurt; salmon; avocados; dates; and mushrooms. Those are some ideas. ...Read more

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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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When should I stop taking 80 meq's of potassium daily?

When should I stop taking 80 meq's of potassium daily?

Extra potassium: I would go to your doctor to have your blood tested for a potassium (k) level. If that is normal, you can stop taking k orally in the absence of something causing your body to lose it consistently. What did your doctor tell you, when you put on k supplements, the reason for you going on them was? ...Read more

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What is the daily dosage for potassium ? 3900 or 4700mg ? How to get enough ?

Get a prescription: Over the counter potassium is weak intentionally since it could kill someone if stronger and taken inappropriately. ...Read more

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What is the maximum amount of 99 mg potassium tablets to take daily?

depends : It depends on your renal function, what other medications you take, your size, and what your serum potassium is. There are 750 mg in 10 meq. A typical medical dose is 20 meq (1500 mg). You should never take more than 40 meq (3, 000 mg) at a time. 99 mg is available over the counter because the dose is so small, it's like eating some spinach. (1 cup=167 mg). ...Read more

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How many mg. Of potassium do I need daily from my diet to maintain good health?

How many mg. Of potassium do I need daily from my diet to maintain good health?

About 3600-4700 mg: While 4700 mg/day is recommended, the average man in the US gets 3200mg and woman 2400mg, so some believe 4700 is over-ambitious. Beans, greens, potatoes, tomatoes, avocado and fruit are among the best sources. See http://tinyurl.com/k3jfd5rand http://tinyurl.com/yp35vj for more on sources
and http://tinyurl.com/l6fcw3d for a discussion of whether the officially recommended 4700 is too high. ...Read more

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Since I began taking 100 mgs of potassium daily in the a.m. my sleep has been very disrupted. Is the potassium the cause? Im very sensitive.

Since I began taking 100 mgs of potassium daily in the a.m. my sleep has been very disrupted. Is the potassium the cause? Im very sensitive.

Unlikely: Potassium should not have a direct effect on sleep.We require potassium to live,and take in approximately 4,000mg of potassium per day in our food.If we are deficient in potassium, either from not eating enough of it or due to medications such as diuretics, cramps can occur which can adversely affect sleep. Potassium supplements can cause heartburn which can interfere with sleep if taken at night. ...Read more

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2 weeks ago had 2.4 potassium- poor diet, had i.V.- follow up metab. Panel tests ok, eating well 3 to 4, 000 mg. Daily. Will this fix it? When to retest?

2 weeks ago had 2.4 potassium- poor diet, had i.V.- follow up metab. Panel tests ok, eating well 3 to 4, 000 mg. Daily. Will this fix it? When to retest?

Not sure.: A low potassium level does not need correction as much as it does explanation. Kidneys are smart and will balance potassium which generally exists in excess in your diet. Unless there is something else driving the process such as a medication or a physiologic abnormality. ...Read more

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Is 5,250 mg of potassium daily from dietary intake too much??

Is 5,250 mg of potassium daily from dietary intake too much??

How much K: A recommended daily K intake if otherwise healthy is 4,700 mg K. So this seems like too much. It will depend on your BMI as well. First you need to find out why you need this much. Either you are losing it in your sweat, stool, vomit or saliva or peeing out in urine. Ask your Dr to test the Na and K in your urine as a start. ...Read more

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Lab work said potassium was 3.5. After 3 months of taking between 1 to 4 potassium (99mg) tablets daily level just tested at 3.8. Poss explanation?

Lab work said potassium was 3.5.  After 3 months of taking between 1 to 4 potassium (99mg) tablets daily level just tested at 3.8. Poss explanation?

Low potassium?: Both of your potassium (k) levels are normal. There are many causes of a low k level. It can be caused by vomiting, diarrhea, diuretic use, antibiotics such as penicillin, low magnesium blood levels, increased sweating, hyperaldosteronism or one of the kidney tubular acidosis. See your physician to find out if you need to have any k supplements at all, with your levels of k, you may not need them. ...Read more

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I have hypokelimia. Potassium deficiency. I body looses potassium daily. Is there ne permanent treatment of this?

I have hypokelimia. Potassium deficiency. I body looses potassium daily. Is there ne permanent treatment of this?

More info needed: The top two places the body losses potassium are the gut or the kidney. Kidney losses are hormone related or acid/base related. Gut losses are usually related to loose stools or vomiting. There are medications to address either scenario, but at age 24 it is probably more important for you long term to find out why this is happening. Talk to your doctor, if he/she isn't sure.. See a specialist. ...Read more

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Potassium 4.0. Normal 3.5-5.0. Started on florinef (fludrocortisone) .1mg daily. Will it lower potassium lots?

Low potassium?: Florinef (fludrocortisone) (f) does lower potassium (k). You need to discuss this with the physician (p) who placed you f to find out how frequently the p wants to monitor your k. Your p knows you best of all and can give you a meaningful answer and treat any low k levels that may arise. Good luck. ...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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On potassium 10 mEq daily after diurectic put potassium at a 3.3. After 13 days , it's a 3.2. Why? Doc just sent 30 more pills but is it gonna work?

On potassium 10 mEq daily after diurectic put potassium at a 3.3. After 13 days , it's a 3.2. Why? Doc just sent 30 more pills but is it gonna work?

Low K: 25 F from il has low k on diuretic. Taking 10 of K a day, asks is it going to work? ANS: what is diuretic 4? How much which one? The first order of business is to find out why your k is low. So ask team why do they think it is low? Either you are losing more K in urine stool or sweat or you are not eating enough. Track diet K using fitness pal app and if u are like most in us u r not eating enough ...Read more

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What do you suggest if i'm taking potassium daily, however the cramps happen only at night fyi I am physically challenged. What could be the problem?

What do you suggest if i'm taking potassium daily, however the cramps happen only at night fyi I am physically challenged. What could be the problem?

Cramps: If you have cramps and are taking potassium (K) supplements, you may still have a low K. Get a blood sample and see what your K and magnesium (M) levels are. If your K and M blood levels are low, your K will not correct until the M level is normal. See a physician (P), get a blood test for K and M and discuss your problem with the P. Good luck. ...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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My potassium level is 5.1. Could this be due to the 40mg of lisinopril I am taking? Also, should I cut out my daily v-8?

My potassium level is 5.1. Could this be due to the 40mg of lisinopril I am taking?  Also, should I cut out my daily v-8?

Potassium: If your potassium is stable at 5.1 shouldn't be a problem, if its been rising then a decrease in potassium intake would be a good idea also consideration of kidney function and Lisinopril dose. ...Read more

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Taking ben/ hct 12.5 mg am & love to eat potassium rich diet daily 6000 mg ( 6 bananas, dates, apricot)but my potassium level is no more than 3.6. ?

Taking ben/ hct 12.5 mg  am & love to eat potassium rich diet daily 6000 mg ( 6 bananas, dates, apricot)but my potassium level is no more than 3.6. 
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Borderline low: You may need some Potassium Chloride tablets to supplememt. You are loosing potassium because of hctz (hydrochlorothiazide), (hydrochlorothiazide) a diuretic most likely.

Another option if your BP is controlled then hctz (hydrochlorothiazide) can be stopped and benzapril continued. If potassium is still low then there may be another problem. ...Read more

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My husband takes 300 mg of avapro (irbesartan) daily. Our hmo suggests 100 mg of iosartan potassium as a less expensive out of pocket alternative. Advice?

My husband takes 300 mg of avapro (irbesartan) daily.  Our hmo suggests 100 mg of iosartan potassium as a less expensive out of pocket alternative.  Advice?

Losartan: Losartan is in the same class of BP meds as avapro, (irbesartan) but i feel it should be taken in a dose of 100mgs twice a day to get the best results and equal the potency of 300 mgs of Avapro (irbesartan) 300mgs. Start with 100mgs daily and after 1 week see what your BP is and this will determine if you need it twice a day. ...Read more

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My potassium reading is 5.2 mmol/L during treatment with zestril (lisinopril) 10 mg daily?

A bit high: Zestril (lisinopril) is an ACEi and it may cause potassium to be a bit high. Your level is not that high, I would ask your doctor to repeat it in a week to see if it's still high. I would keep high-potassium food intake in moderation. ...Read more

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Can using 50 mg of losartan potassium along with 2.0 mg daily of klonopin (clonazepam) cause problems?

Can using 50 mg of losartan potassium along with 2.0 mg daily of klonopin (clonazepam) cause problems?

Symptoms ?: We are at a loss here. Do you have any concerns? Symptoms ? Both (in fact all) medications if used properly carry risks of use. 400 characters does not allow for a proper delineation of each agents risks. ...Read more

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Is taking a potassium supplement necessary aside from your daily food intake if you lift weights six days a week?

Potassium: Typically no -- diet potassium is easy to acquire from fruits and vegetables that are rich in potassium; these include citrus fruits, tropical fruits, juices, tomato, potato, peaches, apricots, melons, etc. ...Read more

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How much potassium is too much for an active female, mid 20s? Im having about 6700mg daily, is this dangerous combined with low sodium intake?

How much potassium is too much for an active female, mid 20s? Im having about 6700mg daily, is this dangerous combined with low sodium intake?

Hmmm....: Wonder if calculations are correct. Normal recommendation for potassium for women runs around 5000 milliequivalents per day - about 3 grams per day. You must be eating a very unusual diet. There is clearly no reason to do so. While there is no obvious harm in the short term there is no benefit. The body can recover from most insults, but any extreme diet can get you in trouble if sustained. ...Read more

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Love to eat potassium rich diet daily 5000 mg ( 5 bananas, dates, apricot)but my potassium level is no more than 3.2. Is this kidney issue. Feedback.?

Love to eat potassium rich  diet daily 5000 mg ( 5 bananas, dates, apricot)but my potassium level is no more than 3.2. Is this kidney issue. Feedback.?

Investigate: Potassium level of 3.2 can be if you are taking diuretics or if you chronic diarrhea. Otherwise you are having more losses throygh kidney and the reason should be figured out with the help of a doctor. ...Read more

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I've been taking 100mg aldactone (spironolactone) twice daily and my pharmacist just gave me diclofenac because i was sick. Will both give me high potassium levels?

I've been taking 100mg aldactone (spironolactone) twice daily and my pharmacist just gave me diclofenac because i was sick. Will both give me high potassium levels?

Possible, but......: Certainly possible, but can be easily checked, which it should be. Two weeks, month, two months! I am assuming you are on the spiro is for hair and male pattern baldness, given your profile! ...Read more

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