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Old 01-17-2005, 05:36 PM   #1
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Potassium interaction with Altace?

Does anyone have information on this? I have heard that there can be an increase in potassium. I am currently taking 10mg of Altace and 80mg of Inderal LA. I want to begin taking Magnesium and Potassium. Should I be careful?

 
Old 01-17-2005, 08:25 PM   #2
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Re: Potassium interaction with Altace?

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Does anyone have information on this? I have heard that there can be an increase in potassium. I am currently taking 10mg of Altace and 80mg of Inderal LA. I want to begin taking Magnesium and Potassium. Should I be careful?
I'm a little puzzled... why? If you are on a drug (Altace) that is known to spare potassium, why would you want to take potassium supplements? Did you have a blood test that showed that your potassium was low?

In all honesty, your potassium levels are probably just fine. You are probably eating lots of potassium anyway - it's all over the place. Those over-the-counter 99mg pills are a joke. So, you can probably waste your money on those if you want. If you are going to take a real potassium supplement (prescription), you'll need your doctors approval for that. And, he/she'd be an idiot to write you a script for that without monitoring your levels with blood tests.

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Re: Potassium interaction with Altace?

Punchy,
One of the few instances where potassium supplementation can be very dangerous is for people taking ACE inhibitors, which tend to increase potassium.
NEVER take the two together.

 
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Re: Potassium interaction with Altace?

Altace was the one that I started with..... really bad side-effects and it actually increased my B/P.

 
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