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  • Potassium Supplementation [hide all summaries]
    Very few people actually need to take a potassium supplement or a potassium-sparing diuretic (amiloride, spironolactone, triamterene). If, however, you take digoxin, have severe liver disease, or take large doses of diuretics (water pills) for heart disease, eating a potassium-rich diet may not be sufficient to replace the potassium that you are losing. If you fall into one of these categories, it is very important for your doctor to precisely monitor and regulate the amount of potassium in your bloodstream.

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  • More Dietary Potassium Can Reduce Occurrence of Hypertension, Amount of Drugs Needed for Its Treatment [hide all summaries]
    (June 2015)
    Learn why increasing the amount of potassium in your diet can help lower your blood pressure and reduce your risk of suffering a stroke. To help readers assess their potassium intake, we offer a list of potassium-rich foods.
  • Update on Drugs that Can Cause High Blood Potassium [hide all summaries]
    (December 2008)
    This article lists 68 drugs that can cause high blood potassium (hyperkalemia) that can result in nausea, fatigue, muscle weakness or tingling sensations, as well as heart abnormalities (showing up as an abnormal electrocardiogram). In some cases it can be fatal. If you are taking any of these drugs, be especially careful if you have diabetes or kidney disease. If so, you are at increased risk, and your doctor will have to weigh the risk of giving you these drugs. Also, the older you are, the more likely you are to develop hyperkalemia. Also, make sure you are receiving appropriate laboratory monitoring.

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