13 doctors weighed in:
Does hypo or hyperkalemia cause muscle weakness?
13 doctors weighed in

Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
6 doctors agree
In brief: Hypo
Potassium is needed to help muscle function.
Without enough potassium, there is a change in the conduction of cells within a muscle. This change can lead to cramping, weakness and even heart arrythmias. People who have poor diets or who take diuretics "water pills" can develop hypokalemia more often.

In brief: Hypo
Potassium is needed to help muscle function.
Without enough potassium, there is a change in the conduction of cells within a muscle. This change can lead to cramping, weakness and even heart arrythmias. People who have poor diets or who take diuretics "water pills" can develop hypokalemia more often.
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
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Dr. S. Smiley Thakur
Excellent answer.
Dr. Tamara Lyday
Family Medicine
5 doctors agree
In brief: Either
Either high or low.
Typically with low you will notice a lot of cramping.

In brief: Either
Either high or low.
Typically with low you will notice a lot of cramping.
Dr. Tamara Lyday
Dr. Tamara Lyday
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4 doctors agree
In brief: Yes and Yes
Both high potassium levels (hyperkalemia) and low potassium levels (hypokalemia) can lead to muscle weakness and even paralysis.

In brief: Yes and Yes
Both high potassium levels (hyperkalemia) and low potassium levels (hypokalemia) can lead to muscle weakness and even paralysis.
Dr. Dariush Saghafi
Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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