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Doctor insights on: Potassium Pills Vs Bananas

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I have problems with muscle cramps all over my body. I stay hydrated and have even taken potassium pills and eat bananas and still can't stop them.

I have problems with muscle cramps all over my body. I stay hydrated and have even taken potassium pills and eat bananas and still can't stop them.

Other possibilities: Other mineral problems can cause muscle cramps, not just low potassium. Have a full blood panel done including magnesium levels. Some medications can cause muscle cramps as a side effect; for example, statin medications to lower cholesterol can do this. There can be other disorders of the muscles themselves, inflammatory conditions, even low thyroid may cause your symptoms. See your doctor soon. ...Read more

Dr. Madhu Kandarpa
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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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Could you take hydrochlorothiazide pills with potassium pills?

Yes but only if. .: Hydrochlorothiazide is a relatively weak diuretic (water pill) which can also lower potassium level, which can be dangerous if too low. However, as weak as HCTZ (hydrochlorothiazide) is and given the relatively lower dose that we prescribe these days, it's unlikely for most patients to need extra potassium at 6.25mg/d, 12.5mg or even 25mg/d. However, at 50mg/d, many need potassium. Best to see prescribing doc & check K ...Read more

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What are some diseases/sicknesses that requires taking white potassium pills and causes weight loss?

What are some diseases/sicknesses that requires taking white potassium pills and causes weight loss?

Typical causes: The most common scenario is the use of a diuretic ("fluid" pill stimulating urine production) which both causes weight loss (from fluid loss) and wasting of potassium. A rare cause is cushing's disease but this usually causes weight gain. Diuretics are typically given for heart, kidney, and liver disease and to treat high blood pressure. ...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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Why did my potassium pills give me heart burn this never happened before?

Why did my potassium pills give me heart burn this never happened before?

Potassium: Different potassium salts can cause different side effects. There are also times when we have gastric irritation for various reasons. If this happens and you take k when your insides are irritated, an otherwise benign drug can cause symptoms. ...Read more

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I only get charley horses at nightime in both legs at same time. Potassium pills does help?

I only get charley horses at nightime in both legs at same time. Potassium pills does help?

Nutritional support!: Charlie horse's and various nocturnal leg cramps have many causes. Many are nutritional and respond well to supplementation. Potassium, magnesium, calcium, and iron will commonly work, if a deficiency exist. Magnesium helps, even if blood levels are normal. Other causes do exist and should be excluded! ...Read more

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Would a person taking statin drugs that gets leg cramps be helped by k tab potassium pills?

No on 2 counts: Statins don't cause leg cramps and potassium doesn't cure them. Statins can cause generalized aching and reduction of dose is usually all that's required to correct that. Sometimes switching drugs is needed. Leg cramps are very common and generally related to overstretch and overuse. Stretching and warm-up exercises done daily helps most people. ...Read more

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Which vitamin water contains the most potassium? Pain in legs requires potassium pills, but vitamin water helps condition.

Which vitamin water contains the most potassium? Pain in legs requires potassium pills, but vitamin water helps condition.

Read the label.: The answer to your question lies within the nutritional information label on the vitamin water package. Look at the different waters and compare them for yourself. ...Read more

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My son playes baseball, and he gets bad leg cramps (charlie horses). Is it ok for him to have potassium pills or should I give him some else?

My son playes baseball, and he gets bad leg cramps (charlie horses). Is it ok for him to have potassium pills or should I give him some else?

Probably Not: A healthy 9 year old who eats a regular diet should not have issues with low potassium unless there is some underlying problem. Low magnesium can also cause leg cramps. Instead of giving potassium pills I would suggest just a regular children's multivitamin. If the problem does not resolve with this I would have his pediatrician check a complete metabolic panel to look for any abnormalities. ...Read more

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Are there any good substitutes for potassium in bananas?

Potassium sources: Other foods contain adequate amounts of potassium (k) besides bananas. They include all citrus fruits, tomatos and potatos, among others. Be sure you know what your kidney function is, as patients with chronic kidney disease may get a k load they cannot handle if they eat unlimited amounts of food high in k. See a doctor or nutiritionist for more information. ...Read more

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Can I eat bananas if my potassium is 5.1?

Can I eat bananas if my potassium is 5.1?

High Potassium level: If you have kidney disease, you should be very careful with potassium in diet. A regular size banana, is equivalent to 10meq of potassium pill and this can increase the level by few points depending on the kidney function. ...Read more

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Is it okay to give my 20 month old son a banana everyday? My friend said I shouldn't because they have so much potassium.

Is it okay to give my 20 month old son a banana everyday? My friend said I shouldn't because they have so much potassium.

No problem: A kid with normal kidneys can easily process a banana every day. However, this is a constipation inducer in some and you may want to try a smaller amount before you run into that problem. ...Read more

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Which other foods besides bananas have potassium?

Potassium rich foods: Foods that contain liberal amounts of potassium as citrus fruits, beans, chocolate, tomatoes, cola drinks, both sweet and regular potatoes with their skin, raisins among others. Halibut and swordfish are also excellent sources of potassium. ...Read more

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Can eating 2 bananas a day raise your potassium? How much bannana is too much?

Yes: But that should not be too much. About 4700meq is daily recommended. Each large Banana has about 420. How much is too much potassuim intake depends on your renal function and medications. ...Read more

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I have been told that I am low in Potassium, but I eat a Banana every day, what can I do?

Discuss with MD: Discuss with your MD. If your potassium is significantly low- your MD needs to find out the cause and you may need also take some potassium supplement pill etc. Discuss in detail with your GP. ...Read more

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What is a good way to get potassium without eating bananas or drinking milk?

What is a good way to get potassium without eating bananas or drinking milk?

Vitamins: By taking potassium supplements or a multi-vitamin containing potassium. If you have a low potassium level in your blood your medical doctor can prescribe potallium supplements. ...Read more

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Potassium is 3.4 (3.5-5.0) how long will it take to get to 4.0 drinking 1 pint milk and 2 bananas a day plus other foods?

Varies: It depends on how healthy your kidneys are and whether or not there is anything else going on that is lowering your potassium. If you are having diarrhea or are vomiting, or are taking medication that lowers your potassium, it will take longer. Your potassium got low for a reason. If whatever made it get low is still going on, then you are working against that process while trying to get it up. ...Read more

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Serum potassium 3.8, been eating lots of bananas and potassium rich food. Why is it on low normal? If I quit this diet, will it drop?

K regulation: Body very tightly regulates levels of sodium and potassium which affect nerve conduction and heart beat. Don't worry so much about the actual numbers. That's what your kidneys are doing every second. If you eat too much potassium your kidneys will just pee it out, too little, and it will tightly hold on to it. Worry about other things in your life, not your K levels. ...Read more

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On metoprolol 25mg. Heard it can mess with potassium levels. Eat one banana and some almonds. Is that dangerous?

Hyperkalemia: Metoprolol can increase potassium levels. Your doctor can tell you your potassium level with a simple blood test. Take care. ...Read more

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If I have a really low potassium count and eat 2 bananas a day and drink a couple Ensures, will it come up? How fast? It's low because haven't eaten.

Whoa: A potassium level well below the reference range is reason for a full medical workup, if you value your life. It's an aldosteronoma until proved otherwise. This is probably not due to "not eating". Get with a competent physician if the situation is as you've represented. ...Read more

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Is there too much potassium for a 2 year old? Toddler loves bananas and avocados, has eaten both two days in a row. Half a banana and half an avocado.

Most likely, OK...: As a caring mom, it is nice to think of what you raised and concerned about how she has eaten. Yet, somehow, physiological automation has helped and guarded us to adopt and adapt to how we live well. So, likely, she will be just fine; but for sure, as you have done, just adjust down the amount and diversify the kinds of foods she may consume, in moderation. More? Ask her pediatrician. ...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.?

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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When taking a diuretic, do you need to also take a potassium supplement?

When taking a diuretic, do you need to also take a potassium supplement?

Possibly: Depending on the specific diuretic you are taking. Some diuretics waste more potassium than others. Also if you are taking a potassium sparing diuretic you may not need extra potassium. Either way tou should have your potassium levels monitored. ...Read more

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Dr oz said banana helps prevent cancer. I thought it was just to replace potassium after loss.?

Dr oz said banana helps prevent cancer. I thought it was just to replace potassium after loss.?

Sure: Check out this informative link....
http://www. Sueredding. Com/newsletter/2006/april_2006.htm
and this.
http://www. Symptomfind. Com/nutrition-supplements/banana-health-benefits/
our bodies are all fighting undetected cancer every day. By decreasing stress and improving our health with diet we greatly improve our immune system's daily "clean up" of potential cancer. ...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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