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What do you suggest if i used salt substitute in fairly large portions for almost 6 months and just a couple of days ago i started?

What do you suggest if i used salt substitute in fairly large portions for almost 6 months and just a couple of days ago i started?

Quit: Salt substitutes still have sodium and sometimes large amounts of potasssium. NOTHING in large quantities is good. Quit the salt, eat a regular, low salt diet, loose a few pounds if you need to and exercise more. Unfortunately, there are no short cuts or easy solutions but you can do it! ...Read more

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What is the best salt substitute for someone with hbp?

What is the best salt substitute for someone with hbp?

Herbs/spices: Herbs and spices are safer than "Light Salt" which is potassium chloride. Some blood pressure medications (ACE and ARB type) cause retention of potassium, and if you add additional potassium it can affect your heart. Touch base with your MD so you understand any limitations due to medications and diet. ...Read more

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Can I use a salt substitute if I take Losartan?

Can I use a salt substitute if I take Losartan?

Yes!: although most salt substitutes consist of a potassium salt, and although Losartan is considered a potassium sparing agent, many patients can nonetheless use both without developing dangerously high serum potassium levels. It would be wise of doing so to notify your PCP and check a serum potassium level both before and then once after initiating this substitute therapy. ...Read more

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Is there a salt substitute that can help with blood pressure?

Is there a salt substitute that can help with blood pressure?

Yes: There is a salt substitute that has less sodium on the grocery shelf.It has more potassium and has a lighter shade of blue label. ...Read more

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Why would I need to see a doctor if I plan on taking salt substitute for foods and drinks?

Why would I need to see a doctor if I plan on taking salt substitute for foods and drinks?

Potassium: They contain potassium and potassium can kill you if your kidney function isn't normal. So at least one check with blood work is in order. ...Read more

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Which is a possible contraindication to the use of radioactive iodine? The use of salt substitute, presence of a goiter, or shellfish allergy

Which is a possible contraindication to the use of radioactive iodine? The use of salt substitute, presence of a goiter, or shellfish allergy

Eye disease: For patients with graves' orbitopathy (bulging eye/s), the eyes might get worst with radioactive iodine. This is a relative contraindication as we can treat with steroids to lessen the effects or prevent this from happening. The three scenarios you described above are not contraindications, however. ...Read more

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Dr says I have elevated potassium don't use salt substitute, is sea salt a sub.?

Dr says I have elevated potassium don't use salt substitute, is sea salt a sub.?

Not a substitute: Regular table salt traditionally came from the sea (or where the sea used to be until the water went away, leaving behind the salt). "sea salt" is like regular salt, but may not have the added iodine. Since we all need a bit of iodine, one should use regular iodized salt or iodized "sea salt", if allowed to use salt. ...Read more

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Is salt restriction really necessary for hypertension? Is there any side effect of salt substitute (potassium chloride) that I should be aware of?

Is salt restriction really necessary for hypertension?  Is there any side effect of salt substitute (potassium chloride) that I should be aware of?

Potassium and HBP: In the absence of chronic kidney disease, potassium ingestion has a beneficial effect on blood pressure. A review article showed that increased potassium intake is potentially beneficial to most people without impaired renal handling of potassium for the prevention and control of elevated blood pressure and stroke. Here is the link: http://www.Bmj.Com/content/346/bmj.F1378. Speak to your physician. ...Read more

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What are some good salt substitutions if you have a lot of fluid retention?

What are some good salt substitutions if you have a lot of fluid retention?

Many: Some people use ms. Dash, or lemon, citric acid, flavored vinegars or other household spices - ginger, pepper, cumin etc. To keep their food lively. Potassium chloride is available at most supermarkets as well and tastes pretty close. It is often marketed as a salt substitute. Excess potassium would not be good if you had advanced kidney disease though. ...Read more