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Potassium Pills Vs Bananas
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
If I take Losartan (100mg) is it ok to have a banana or two during the day? I read where you're not supposed to take a potassium supplement with.
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
3 weeks ago my potassium was at 3.3. i ate a banana everyday since then, checked again and it’s 3.5. dr suggested supplement, but scared. do i have to?
Get more from diet:
3.5 is now (barely) in the normal range so the banana is helping but many other foods can raise potassium, including tomatoes, broccoli, beet greens, romaine, potatoes, sweet potatoes, oranges and coconut water.
See http://whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=nutrient&dbid=90 ...Read more
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
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.
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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