Low Potassium (Hypokalemia) - Prevention

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How can low potassium be prevented?

The body is usually able to maintain potassium levels within the normal range as long as there is adequate potassium in the diet. When the body loses potassium due to a short-term illness, the body is able to compensate for the loss. When the potassium loss is be ongoing, it is important for the patient and health-care professional to anticipate the loss, and consider routine potassium replacement.

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Comment from: Mrs. A, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 04

Ten years ago I developed low potassium levels - I had vertigo, I did not know what it was at the time. I thought I had a really bad ear infection that wouldn't clear up. I went to an ENT doctor that I trusted. He did a test to discover what it was; took me off all the allergy pills and prednisone. This doctor prescribed potassium chloride 10 mg and Dyazide 37/25. I take this 6 days a week. I do not get vertigo as long as I take these prescription pills once daily. It helps if I stay off sugars and carbohydrates too.

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Comment from: kdgaspard, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: March 25

I suffer from cramps after working in the yard or most physical activity. The cramping is not always due to excessive sweating. I experience the same cramping during the winter months when working and not sweating. The cramps are so severe that I have taken as many as 24 potassium pills before they will subside. The cramping varies from leg muscles, hands, feet. Under most bouts of cramps I will take 6-8 potassium pills. But during the severe bouts, I will take the same amount but in 30 minute intervals before the cramps will subside. I do not take diuretics or any other medication that would cause this condition. I take no ongoing medication at all.

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