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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

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

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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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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What is the definition or description of: low potassium?

What is the definition or description of: low potassium?

Hypokalemia: The medical term is as above. Most labs and clinicians define hypokalemia as a level less than 3.5 meq/l .In addition, one can have total body depletion of potassium stores even if the level is normal. This is more difficult to diagnose. ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: potassium chloride?

Compound: A chemical compound composed of potassium and chloride. Medically used to replace potassium when the blood levels re low. Given by mouth or intra venous. ...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?

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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Is it ok to use potassium chloride as a substitute for salt. Iam on the following medications: exforge, natrilix, crestor, and cipralex.?

Is it ok to use potassium chloride as a substitute for salt. Iam on the following medications: exforge, natrilix, crestor, and cipralex.?

Be Careful: Salt substitutes are loaded with potassium and can cause your potassium to go too high. Speak with your doctor and have it checked. ...Read more

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