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Dr. Madhu Kandarpa
1,313 doctors shared insights

Potassium (Definition)

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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Can taking too much potassium cause ankles to swell?

Directly - no: But it might affect the cardiac function enough to cause leg edema. ...Read more

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Can taking potassium cause you to itch?

No: It must be something else, unless you are allergic to the particular formulation of potassium you are taking. ...Read more

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What can cause high levels of potassium?

What can cause high levels of potassium?

Hyperkalemia: Because the kidneys are able to excrete potassium well, high potassium level in the blood is rare in patients with normal kidney function. High blood potassium level can result in patients with reduced kidney function in certain settings (excessive potassium intake, cell/tissue death, or shift of potassium from intracelluar to extracellular compartment). ...Read more

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What will cause the body to waste potassium?

What will cause the body to waste potassium?

Lots of things: There are numerous medications that affect potassium balance as well as modify potassium removal from the body. One of the most common conditions in the U.S. Is a high sodium diet requiring the use of diuretics to avoid fluid overload giving the side effect low potassium. There are rare hormone causes of kidney potassium losses. Also vomiting or diarrhea can cause low potassium. Good luck. ...Read more

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What are the causes of high levels of potassium?

INPUT-OUTPUT : High levels of potassium can occur due to increased intake of high potassium containing foods, nutritional supplements etc 2. Changes in acid base balance in the body 3. Decreased excretion of the potassium by the kidneys. Most often, it is a combination of 2 or more causes.Very frequently, kidney is always one of the culprits.If you have this problem, please consult md. ...Read more

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What foods will not cause high levels of potassium?

What foods will not cause high levels of potassium?

See below: Foods low in potassium are apples, grapes, mushrooms, bell peppers and refined grains. Some of the high potassium foods are broccoli, lima beans, tomatoes, potatoes, bananas, cantaloupe etc. ...Read more

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I keep having to take potassium because I keep losing it. What can cause this?

Diagnosis first: I would first have to ask why you know you are always losing potassium. The kidneys are very good at being able to hold onto potassium, especially when you aren't eating very much. Most people who are losing potassium are on blood pressure medications called diuretics (lasix, chlorthalidone, hydrochlorothiazide). A switch to a different medicine may be the solution. ...Read more

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