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Dr. Madhu Kandarpa
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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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On fludrocortisone and need 12 Sando k potassium to maintain normal levels. What should I do if I get norovirus and can’t keep potassium down?

On fludrocortisone and need 12 Sando k potassium to maintain normal levels. What should I do if I get norovirus and can’t keep potassium down?

Worrying too much: Your K+ issue is only troublesome if you are vomiting excessively for more than a couple of days (Norovirus usually affects people for that duration). You can replenish the fluid and electrolytes by drinking a Rx electrolyte liquid or even OTC sports drinks. ...Read more

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Potassium level was 6.6, in hospital and went down to 5.0, now elevated a little again, do kidneys recover from this & any foods good that can help?

Potassium level was 6.6, in hospital and went down to 5.0, now elevated a little again, do kidneys recover from this & any foods good that can help?

Other way around: Potassium (K+) levels vary from hour to hour based on intake via food and supplements. Its the kidneys job to eliminate excess and prevent loss when K+ is low. K+ range outside of approx 2 to 8 is not compatable with life and the 1st effect will be to stop your heart. A dammaged kidney may not effectively regulate K+ but isn't injured by K+. To reduce K+ reduce foods high in potassium. ...Read more

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Potassium level is 5.4 on a range going to 5.2. Test and retest were the same. Should I be concerned? What could be wrong?

Potassium level is 5.4 on a range going to 5.2. Test and retest were the same. Should I be concerned? What could be wrong?

Elevated potassium: This can occur from certain birth controls (drosperinone containing) and other medication.

Elevated potassium in your case might be normal or it could be a sign of kidney issues - it has implications for your heart and muscle function - please be sure to follow up with your physician. ...Read more

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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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Is 5.6 level of potassium risky?

Yes: High potassium levels cause the haert to become flaccid. See you doctor immediately. ...Read more

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What are normal potassium levels?

Blood potassium: In blood, the normal range is 3.6 mg/dL to 5.4 mg/dL. Labs that run these tests typically report a normal range. If you look at a group of healthy individuals, the potassium level in the vast majority will fall between 4.0 to 4.4. ...Read more

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How can one lower his potassium levels?

Eat less potassium: In food or by taking a diuretic to lose potassium via your kidneys. Also Kayexalate (sodium polystyrene sulfonate) is a medication that allows you to waste more potassium via your bowels. ...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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Can protandium decrease potassium levels?

Can protandium decrease potassium levels?

No: Protandim is thought to have anti-oxidant effects but does not cause hypokalemia. ...Read more

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What help me to lower my potassium levels?

Lowering potassium: The question you should be asking is: why is my potassium (k) high? You need to see a nephrologist (n) and have a 24 hour urine collection so your kidney function can be assessed accurately. You will also need some blood work to what your k level is. Causes of high k can be addison's disease or chronic kidney disease, among others. See a n to get a better answer to your question. ...Read more

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What to do to increase my potassium levels?

Prescription only: Over the counter potassium pills are very weak to make a dent in significantly low potassium. Only prescriptions are effective and need to be followed with blood testing to prevent under or overdosing - both are dangerous. Potassium rich diet is also weak. It includes potatoes, tomato sauce/paste, bananas, oranges, and squash. There are meds that make you retain potassium from being lost in urine. ...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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Can you tell me how to lower my potassium levels?

High potassium level: A complete answer to your question is too long for the space given to me. You need to find out the cause of your high potassium (K) before you can find a way to treat it. Go to this link:

http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/symptoms/hyperkalemia/basics/definition/sym-20050776

for more information and you will likely get the answer you are looking for. ...Read more

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My levels are 60 for potassium should I be worried?

My levels are 60 for potassium should I be worried?

NOT POSSIBLE: EITHER YOU MEAN SIX AND THAT IS SUPER HIGH

OR YOU MIGHT MEAN AMOUNT IN THE URINE NOT THE BLOOD.

PLEASE VERIFY THE INFORMATION ...Read more

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Can you tell me how one lower his potassium levels?

Reduce potassium: Eat less potassium containing food. Assure at least daily bowel movements. Twice daily bm will promote more potassium loss. Drink 3-4 liters fluid per day if your kidney function is normal. Diuretic therapy typically promotes loss. ...Read more

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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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Can you let me know how many potassium levels are there?

Unclear: What you mean. The potassium level is a single number. It can be reported in different units in certain other parts of the world but in either case, it can be converted and all should be the same (like converting feet to meters). ...Read more

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How can I keep my potassium levels from getting too high?

Low K diet: Potassium is a chemical element that is needed for many metabolic processes like cellular function in the human body. People with CKD are at risk for developing higher levels of potassium because the damaged kidney can not excrete as much potassium as a normal kidney. Should try to avoid high potassium foods like bananas, tomatoes or orange juice. ...Read more

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How will I know if my potassium levels are too low or high?

Blood test: High and low blood levels of potassium may actually have similar symptoms e.g. Muscle fatigue or cramps. There is no substitute for blood test. Taking excessive amounts of otc potassium pills for cramps is dangerous since if you have high levels of blood potassium it may be compounded causing heart muscle problems. ...Read more

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How low do potassium levels have to be before you get symptoms?

How low do potassium levels have to be before you get symptoms?

See below: There are no fixed levels, however less than 3.5 meq/l problems can occur with muscle weakness, cramps and heart irrugularities. ...Read more

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Please suggest what food should I eat to lower potassium levels?

Low potassium food: Avoid high potassium foods: tomato, potato, citrus, melons, banana, mango, strawberries, peaches, apricots, nectarines. Eat apple, pear, pasta, grain, bread, lean meats, olive oil, corn, vegetables other than above. ...Read more

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How low does potassium levels have to be before you start getting symptoms?

From Wikipedia. Com: Mild hypokalemia is often without symptoms, although it may cause a small elevation of blood pressure, [3] and can occasionally provoke cardiac arrhythmias. Moderate hypokalemia, with serum potassium concentrations of 2.5-3 meq/l (nl: 3.5-5.0 meq/l), may cause muscular weakness, myalgia, and muscle cramps (owing to disturbed function of the skeletal muscles), and constipation. ...Read more

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How long does it take lispronil to raise potassium levels while on the medication?

How long does it take lispronil to raise potassium levels while on the medication?

Variable: This is variable, most patients do not have problems.
But this has to be checked on your DR visits. ...Read more

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I'm just wondering, if you are low on potassium what's good to eat everyday to have adequate potassium levels?

Low potassium: If you have a low potassium (LP) chronically, you need to find its cause. People off medication, like diuretics and with normal renal function should not have lp. See a nephrologist to see if your kidneys are losing potassium or your have a low magnesium level. Finding the cause of your LP and treating it are better than just taking excess potassium. ...Read more

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What reduces creatine and potassium levels?

No straight answer: creatinine and potassium levels indicate how well your heart and kidneys function. If you have heart or kidney disease these would have to be fixed first. They are usually elevated when one of those organs is sick ...Read more

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What are common causes of high potassium levels?

What are common causes of high potassium levels?

Factors: A simplistic way to look at it:
potassium levels can be high if the dietary intake is high, if the excretion is low (eg. In kidney disease, or in certain states when the kidneys can't excrete potassium well even if the function otherwise is normal like rta), or if potassium shifts from inside the cells to the blood stream. ...Read more

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How long will it take for potassium levels to go up after stopping laxitive abuse?

Depends.: This can depend on how long laxatives were used and if any other medications that can cause potassium loss were also being taken. Also, if magnesium levels are low, this will delay potassium normalization. Ask your doctor to guide treatment and monitor potassium and magnesium levels closely. Bananas, tomatoes, potatoes, citrus, avocado, coconut water all are naturally rich sources of potassium. ...Read more

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