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Dr. Madhu Kandarpa
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Potassium (Overview)

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 drugs such as diuretics.


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What raises potassium levels?

What raises potassium levels?

Foods or salt subst: There are plenty of high potassium containing fruits & vegetables like bananas or spinach. Potassium salt substitute is another way to raise level. ...Read more

Dr. Madhu Kandarpa
1,327 Doctors shared insights

Potassium (Overview)

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 drugs such as diuretics.


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What exactly is potassium and why is it important for someone with chronic kidney disease?

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What exactly is potassium and why is it important for someone with chronic kidney disease?

Potassium: Potassium blood concentration is regulated automatically by many systems but the function of the kidney in its control is most vital. Too little k+ cause weakening of all body muscles. Too much k+ can cause muscle and heart trouble and even stops the heart. Among chemicals not being regulated properly anymore is k+. Ammonia we cannot eliminate can also weaken the muscles and mind. ...Read more

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Treating Low Potassium (Checklist)

Consume magnesium rich foods, or ask your doctor about taking magnesium supplements
daily
Consume potassium rich foods, or ask your doctor about taking a potassium supplement
daily
Limit alcohol intake to no more than 1 ounce per day
daily
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Why is my potassium high?

Why is my potassium high?

Drugs, diet, kidneys: Some blood pressure medications can cause elevation of the potassium level (ace inhibitors), problems with kidney function, certain hormonal problems, or if the blood cells rupture in the tube after the blood is drawn. When potassium is too high it can cause problems with heart rhythm and other complications. Ask your doctor. ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: potassium chloride?

Please describe the medication: potassium chloride?

Potassium Chloride: A supplement for people who do not have enough potassium in the body. This is caused by either taking drugs such as diuretics (water pills) or from certain diseases. ...Read more

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Does gabapentin lower potassium levels? Was prescribed potassium pills, but since starting pain has gotten so bad I can't even sleep. Potassium cause?

Does gabapentin lower potassium levels? Was prescribed potassium pills, but since starting pain has gotten so bad I can't even sleep. Potassium cause?

Probably not: Gabapentin has many side effects, but low potassium has not been reported. There are many causes of low potassium (often associated with low magnesium!) and these should be evaluated by a nephrologist. Some of them are easily corrected and others require special evaluation by a specialist. ...Read more

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When we eat a banana is the potassium absorbed straight away? Or does it release it through the day? How does it work? Potassium chloride faster absb?

When we eat a banana is the potassium absorbed straight away? Or does it release it through the day? How does it work? Potassium chloride faster absb?

It depends: It depends on our body's individual response. Oral Potassium Chloride will be absorbed over 1-2 hours and banana may take upto 4 hours. ...Read more

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Which electrode works better potassium chloride or silver chloride for ecg?

Sodium chloride: Nacl sodium chloride commonly known as table salt is an electrical conductor that I have used to assess impulses for an ecg. ...Read more

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Dx adrenal insufficiency secondary to long term corticosteroid use. How long for body to kick in and start to normalize potassium?

Dx adrenal insufficiency secondary to long term corticosteroid use. How long for body to kick in and start to normalize potassium?

Variable: It can take a long time. Did you taper the steroids slowly or just stop cold-turkey. Sometimes totally normal response never returns. Check w/your doctor who can test your system and advise you. ...Read more

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How dangerous is potassium chloride injection?

IV Potassium: IV potassium is painful to veins and dangerous, too. Standard limit is 10-20 meq per hour IV DILUTED IN AT LEAST 100 CC FLUID. If diluted in 1000 cc, 40 meq can be infused over 2-4 hours. IM potassium is never given. Potassium I V can be fatal. ...Read more

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Is diarrhea considered to be a side effect of potassium supplements?

Is diarrhea considered to be a side effect of potassium supplements?

No: And diarrhea will cause potassium deficiency, defeating the purpose of the potassium supplement so treat it or have it evaluated. ...Read more

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Side effects of potassium supppliment?

See below: Pottassium supplements can cause esophageal irritation or ulcers, and excess accumulation in the blood for any reason can cause heart rate disturbances and muscle weakness or paralysis. ...Read more

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I am taking k-tab for my potassium. Is there a reason they would hurt my system?

Should be monitored: You are probably on this tablet because you have low potassium levels. They are usually well tolerated but some people get gastric upset with these tablets. The main issue while taking these tablets is that the potassium level still needs to be followed so that it does not go to high or too low. ...Read more

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Can an individuarl live a quality life with low potassium. Less than 2.7?

This is too low: And can cause symptoms like cramping or more serious ones like arrhythmia. .. Please get evaluated by your physician. ...Read more

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Can I mix amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium in chocolate milk?

Can I mix amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium in chocolate milk?

Yes, but drink it all: You can mix the two together, but then you have to be sure you or your child drinks every last little bit of the combination to get all of the medicine. The medicine you ask about, augmentin, (amoxicillin and clavulanate) is not very palatable, especially the generic. Yu can also ask many pharmacists to flavor the medication if you or child can't stand the taste, or chase it with something like m&m's to make it taste better. ...Read more

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A hypertension patient taken overdose potassium chloride can raise blood pressure?

An overdose: Of potassium can stop your heart. Follow your doctor's orders and don't take more than prescribed. ...Read more

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Is my high potassium due to my kidney not working good or just because I had taken too much potassium?

Multiple causes: Hi potassium can also be because the blood draw tube sat too long and cells released potassium. If your kidneys are working properly and you take no meds, your body should excrete all excess potassium. Ace inhibitors and spironolactone can elevate potassium. ...Read more

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I have a 3.2 potassium level, & im scared... Can eating processed/sodium-filled foods cause this? I don't eat nearly as many whole foods as I should...

Don't worry: It's not that bad. It's only mildly low. You can eat more bananas, orange juice, leafy green vegetables, and other vegetables. They contain more potassium. Processed foods can leach nutrients in general but not specifically potassium. ...Read more

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Why is my potassium high?

Drugs, diet, kidneys: Some blood pressure medications can cause elevation of the potassium level (ace inhibitors), problems with kidney function, certain hormonal problems, or if the blood cells rupture in the tube after the blood is drawn. When potassium is too high it can cause problems with heart rhythm and other complications. Ask your doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Linda Callaghan
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