Posted by: SANDY | 2008/09/09

Low Potassium Urgent


Please can u assist , what causes low potassiuma and what is the cure


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Potassium is an electrolyte that you find in cells, so low intake, loss of potassium (diuretics, vomiting and diarrhoea, laxative abuse, too much licorice) or inability of the kidney to manage potassium balance (renal disease, endocrine diseases affecting hormones that regulate the salt and water balance in the body) can all cause low potassium. It needs to be replaced - carefully - with oral supplements (slow K) or iv supplements. If you take an overdose of potassium you can develop hyperkalemia which can lead to sudden death from cardiac arrhythmias. Doctors will carefully monitor the blood potassium levels if you are getting any supplements. NEVER treat yourself with potassium without medical supervision.
Dr Bets

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