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  1. calcium and systolic hypertension
    ... reduction in blood pressure is by getting the calcium, potassium and magnesium naturally from dietary sources. Did ... as important for good blood pressure control. As is potassium . Magnesium can be found in greens, nuts, whole grains...

  2. Calcium channel blockers
    ... the change in heart rhythm could be due to a low potassium so I wouldn't rule out the hct which can deplete potassium...
    ... for thinking about it! :D ). I don't know what my potassium and other electrolyte levels are. Or the liver enzymes...
    ... it, and are med free!!!! ...I don't know what my potassium and other electrolyte levels are. Or the liver enzymes ... ok...but again, do be aware of the symptoms of low potassium and electrolyte imbalances. That way you can do something...
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  3. Hctz What Should I Do?
    ... 12.5 hctzt for about 2 years and ended up with low potassium (with a potassium supplement). I was also following...
    ... it doesn't seem to be a problem. Make a list of potassium rich foods & get the minimum level everyday. Potassium ... very narrow blood level so you must eat foods rich in potassium daily. Potassium goes into the blood right away ... where as food sources slowly put potassium into the circulation as needed. You're smart to...

  4. Thank you and new question!
    ... your sodium when taking a diuretic and have a couple potassium rich foods every day. (My sister got headaches...
    ... extracted. You can get into trouble real fast with potassium depletion etc. Read all you can. Fam...
    ... meds!!!...You can get into trouble real fast with potassium depletion etc. Read all you can. Fam Yes, Fam...
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  5. HBP help please!
    ... Hi, you could try Garlique tablets and potassium tablets. The Garlique is found at any local drugstore ... and so are the potassium tabs. Fish oil tabs may also help....
    ... hidden in food. It could be dangerous to take potassium supplements without getting a blood test to find out ... what your blood potassium level is. Potasium supplements can go directly into ... the blood whereas a food source of potassium takes more time to get into the system. Too much ... potassium can stop the heart. Fam...

  6. High blood pressure a symptom...of what?
    ... of the arteries to the kidneys), iron defeciancy, potassium deficiency, anxiety attacks... All of these can...

  7. Flowergirl re: potassium
    ... Hi, :) Has your Dr. checked your potassium level lately. No. All he said to me was that ... ordered by that young lady doctor in early July. My potassium was 4.6 then. Would your husband be open to learning ... etc.) The DASH diet contains too much protein and potassium and people with kidney issues have to be careful about...
    Medications also discussed in this post: Cialis

  8. Flowergirl: Meds and Breathing Problems
    ... I recall correctly, you were originally prescribed potassium sparing meds. Although your doctors didn't (and apparently ... high blood pressure, I suspect they knew that your potassium levels were too low...otherwise, you'd be taking meds ... on this board are taking! Hct can rob the body of potassium which some researchers say play an even bigger role ... you might want to be very aware of the symptoms of potassium deficiency because you might be at risk...hct initially...
    ... me even when combined with Spiro and Ramipril. (the potassium issue). I also want to ask about going back on the...
    ... me even when combined with Spiro and Ramipril. (the potassium issue). I also want to ask about going back on the ... that I just thought of though, is that hct depletes potassium and potassium is important in regulating heart rhythm ... those questions...I just checked a site regarding potassium deficiency and it said that low potassium levels often ... with hct is that it messed with my electrolytes...my potassium level was somewhat low when the doc prescribed it...
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  9. Side effect from Benicar/HCT 20/12.5 diuretic?
    ... . Studies have shown that thiazides reduce blood potassium levels and it is the low potassium levels that causes ... should stay on the med, what you can do to elevate your potassium levels, and what kinds of symptoms you should be aware...
    Medications also discussed in this post: hydrochlorothiazide

  10. Tropol xl and heart rate
    ... ha ! Cucumbers are also known to be rich in potassium , which aids our electrolytes, which have an effect...

  11. Digibind- a new b/p drug on the horizon
    ... problem with this drug combination. It causes the potassium levels to rise. Some study participants experienced ... transient potassium levels of 5.5., with the 6.00mmol/l being considered...
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  12. Are there side effects of sodium bicarbonate?
    ... sodium bicarbonate was used in an emergency to lower potassium before you made it too the ER. I just checked and ... it still is used for hyper­kalemia (too much potassium ) crises. Please be careful and check the contraindicatio...

  13. A new & surprising blood pressure lowering tip
    ... in front of me) there's a strong link between our potassium intake and blood pressure. This information comes ... from John Hopkins University. The average intake of potassium is 2500mg daily. If another 2,340mg is added to an ... yogurt 1/2 c pineapple juice 1 TBsp honey 622 mg potassium , 207 cal, 11g pro, 38mg carb, 1g fat, 9mg chol, 1g...
    ... I take Potassium on a regular basis in pill form for leg cramps. Its...
    ... in front of me) there's a strong link between our potassium intake and blood pressure. This information comes ... from John Hopkins University. The average intake of potassium is 2500mg daily. If another 2,340mg is added to an ... research, grin! We can never learn enough! The potassium connection is not new but apparently needs to be brought ... to the public's attention....the importance of potassium is discussed and incorporated in the DASH diet. Some ... researchers believe that potassium plays a greater role in blood pressure control than ... servings of fruits and vegetables (providing 4,100 mg of potassium ) lowered bp by 7.2/2.8 mmHg (systolic/diastolic) in...
    ... elsewhere. It's not a false claim. The statement that potassium reduces blood pressure is true. In the study mentioned ... pressure was 4.4 mmHg systolic and 2.5 mmHg diastolic. Potassium supplements were used & evaluated in the studies, ... not actual food. Potassium supplements proved more helpful in people with severe ... pertension and with high salt intake. Generally, the use of potassium supplements is not recommended. People should get ... their potassium from food sources. The potassium from food is superior to potassium obtained from supplement ... servings of fruits/vegetables daily provided 4100mg of potassium . This resulted in an average reduction of 7.2mmHg ... Impressive, I'd say! People with a low dietary intake of potassium have an increased risk for developing high blood pressure ... intake for HEALTHY adults is 4700mg. Sources of potassium are bananas, beans, tofu, potatoes, fruits and vegetables ... BP. Loosing weight, reducing sodium, a boost in a potassium intake and limiting alcohol are all proven ways to...
    ... Thanks, Beth & FG. I'm going to try double my potassium intake. I agree that it is best to get one's potassium ... other nutrients in the food that are needed to absorb potassium or work with potassium to low b/p. Taking supplements...
    ... probably be around in the future... The DHHS RDA for potassium is 4700mg, which is really tough to get unless you ... Facts Serving Size: 1 Tbsp Calories: 42 Sodium: 10mg Potassium : 297mg Total Carbohydrate: 11g Sugars: 11g Vitamin...
    ... use it. You don't see molasses listed as a source of potassium . It is not considered food. I wonder what it tastes...
    ... sodium without excreting a proportionate amount of potassium (something about the body preserving electrical neutrality ... sodium or take diuretics to dump it will lose lots of potassium . Logic decrees the reverse is also true: eat lots ... of potassium and your body tries to dump it and must dump sodium ... and its water load as well. Thus potassium suppplementation is acting as a diuretic. I ... whatever is edible tend to eat something like 18,000 mg. potassium ...so it MUST be possible.:D But gosh, at today...
    ... I have with my oatmeal). My molasses contains no potassium , only calcium, iron, and magnesium, so when my supply...
    ... .... You don't see molasses listed as a source of potassium . It is not considered food. I wonder what it tastes ... that it is the black strap molasses that contains potassium ...my regular unsulfered, does not. ...We were both...
    ... other nutrients in the food that are needed to absorb potassium or work with potassium to low b/p. Taking supplements...
    ... Lenin, Potassium is found in foods other than fruits and vegetable...

  14. Effects of antihypertensives on a heart rate
    ... especially underneath the cherry trees. Just in case my potassium levels are off, I'll have one of those banana smoothies...
    ... such a tiny pill. It is so hard to know about potassium unless you do blood tests especially since you are ... taking two potassium sparing meds. When my potassium is low, I get slightly nausated & my b/p goes down ... the moment. But drinking orange juice & other high potassium foods took away the symptoms. This has happened twice ... I hadn't been eating enough & was probably low on potassium . I haven't had any symptoms of low sodium that I...
    ... out. I will ask my BP specialist whether I can take potassium supplements instead of the potassium sparing meds...
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  15. Flowergirl re: diuretics, uric acid, blood tests
    ... Aspirin interacts with this drug to increase blood potassium . Licorice extract or candy will decrease the effectivene ... my latest one from May but it was okay. My Potassium was 3.9 mmol/L (3.6-5.1) in April. I find with eating ... ser fruit plus 3-4 ser milk on a veggie diet that my potassium stays within range. I've gotten out of range twice ... just started drinking orange juice & milk & other potassium rich foods & got it under control. Now I have a sick...
    ... about gout will now replace my worries about high potassium levels. :D I will insist that my doctor check with...
    ... already. I think its main purpose was/is to keep more potassium in. (I did not know about my initially low potassium ... Spiro & the other drugs were selected to bump up my potassium levels. Or because of my kidney issues. I will ask...
    ... mentions only irregular heartbeat as a sign that too much potassium is being lost. I also went to get my prescription...
    ... I would bet on dehydration & possibly potassium (low). Did he do blood tests? What color is your ... it is dehydration then you would assume that your potassium & sodium is probably low because they go out with...
    ... I'll bug him next week. He is not worried about my potassium levels at all due to Spiro. He says Spiro will balance ... any potassium loss out. I guess the main thing is that my kidney...
    Medications also discussed in this post: Aspirin Spironolactone Cialis Nexium

  16. Anyone tried Avapro?
    ... increased fluid retention. It also removes lots of potassium . I take prescription potassium supplements, but I ... balance that with the fact that Avapro tends to increase potassium (I think). I do wonder about my potassium level though...
    ... better. Yes, ARBs and Aces do tend to hold the potassium , another reason they put me on it, as I tend to get ... low potassium . Next Dr. visit I think we are going to have to...
    Medications also discussed in this post: Avapro Lasix

  17. Asprin?
    ... diuretics: My normal dose of a diuretic is 25mg of potassium -sparing Spironolactone. To this 50mg of HCTZ was ... understand the relationship between the two diuretics (a potassium -sparing and a non-sparing), serum uric acid and a ... to my regular ones? Should I start taking in more potassium ? Does using two different diuretics affect the serum...
    ... CCB's. Why the spironolactone...did you have low potassium issues in the past? Remeber both spironolactone and ... ramipril are potassium sparing so the very BEST thing you could have added ... was HCTZ because it tends to dump potassium along with sodium. Dig up any old BP test...uric...
    ... in December to 4.4 in June with the help of all the potassium sparing meds. I thought the potassium- sparing meds ... was on three at one time and worried daily about my potassium levels. The doctors never explain themselves. My BP...
    ... the Dietitcian? Iwonder if your Dr. knows about the potassium & kidney issue? If he does you would think he would ... have checked your potassium level recently especially given the fact you are on ... two potassium sparing meds. Fam...
    ... not too concerned about my fast resting heart rate, potassium levels, uric acid or sodium levels and did not think...
    Medications also discussed in this post: Cialis Spironolactone Cozaar Lasix Aspirin

  18. Hypertension and a heat wave
    ... electrolyte problems even though you do have extra potassium because of some of your meds. 50 mg HCTZ is twice ... electrolyte problems over 25mg. A pt usually has to take potassium then but in your case that might not be a problem...

  19. Fish Oil? Is it worht taking?
    ... I do take blood pressure pills, Mg250mg daily and Potassium , but no other multi-vitamins. I do take the aspirin...
    Medications also discussed in this post: Aspirin

  20. Diltiazem?? allergy?
    ... bp meds and had a problem with them like Losarten potassium which cause severe ankle pain and then Felodopine...
    ... for my bp to Irbesartan(Aprovel) I have had Losartin Potassium a few years ago and it gave my severe ankle pain,...

  21. Meds that won't affect athletic performance?
    ... signs of throwing electrolytes out of whack...too low potassium or sodium....
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  22. Question about natural diuretics
    ... symptoms IF the diuretic cause lows serum sodium or low potassium . To a lesser degree, diuretics can affect magesium...
    ... I think the diuretics I take are " potassium sparing" (celery seed, dandelion, apple cider vinegar ... side effects make me a tad nervous. I eat a ton of potassium foods, esp. fruit, and take magnesium, so I wonder...

  23. electrolyte question
    ... seem to come and go in severity. I also take potassium supplements, prescription strength (30 meq) and OTC...
    ... highly unlikely. WHY are you taking 30 Meq. of potassium along with a potassium sparing diuretic (the ARB class...
    ... Lenin - some good questions there. I have been on potassium supplements for years, since I was found to have low ... of times, but my GP is very hesitant to lower the potassium doses. My last lab level was 4.5, which is smack...
    ... Hi Ramona, Regarding your potassium intake: are you eating a well balanced diet with enough ... potassium? I am wondering if you have too much potassium at the moment? Are you able to urine a normal amount ... to be one of the symptoms of hyperkalemia (too much potassium ) that isn't the same for hypokalemia. It's confusing...
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  24. High Blood pressure Cause or Effect?
    ... now some are saying that it is the ratio of salt and potassium ...so you might want to check to see if your salt intake ... is low enough and your potassium intake is high enough. But either way, do check out...

  25. Losing Sodium while exercising
    ... electrolyte drinks like Gator-Aid to replace sodium and potassium . Unfortunately I think they taste too much like SWEAT...
    ... the balance of salts (sodium, calcium, magnessium, potassium , etc) is very important, too. Bsheba...
    ... three. He said the only one to worry about is the Potassium and told me all the warning signs of it and I take ... have a history of leg cramps since I was younger. A potassium a day keeps the cramps away. And its those lovely...
    ... three. He said the only one to worry about is the Potassium and told me all the warning signs of it and I take ... have a history of leg cramps since I was younger. A potassium a day keeps the cramps away. And its those lovely ... for sharing the info above...just a question on the potassium as I have taken it as a supplement (along with my ... signs your doctor gave you for too much or too little potassium ? I ask because I wonder if the potassium supplement ... movements, mainly at night. Two of my doctors knew of my potassium supplement but neither said "beans" about possible...
    ... horses" at night, my doc at the time said to take some Potassium and drink plenty of water. So, I have been doing ... my stools become black and tarry to stop taking the Potassium and call either of them immediately. I think it can...
    ... getting back to you sooner. Appreciate the info on the potassium , the leg movements, and the portion size! I am somewhat...
    ... busy from time to time. Funny thing, I forgot my Potassium for a couple of days and last night had a hard time...
    ... computer search skills. No, I don't think that potassium omission was a coincidence either. Isn't it something...

  26. Benicar Hct 40/25
    ... low sodium diet. I did that and ended up with low potassium . I decided to keep up with the low sodium diet and...
    ... low sodium diet. I did that and ended up with low potassium . I decided to keep up with the low sodium diet and...
    ... bad about eating the banana every day. I was taking potassium supplements with it though and it was still low. ...
    ... bad about eating the banana every day. I was taking potassium supplements with it though and it was still low. ...
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  27. Benicar
    ... I have really no side effects as long as I get my potassium (food) quota everyday which is pretty easy to do....
    ... the postassium sparing diuretics which reclaim lost potassium and slow it's excretion. People in this category ... important to periodically monitor your serum sodium and potassium levels and to make sure you don't allow yourself to...
    ... milkshake for breakfast, and I know I was taking a potassium supplement (with my doctor's knowledge) at that time ... I was on hct. I know that a potassium deficiency can cause muscle spasms so I suspected...
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  28. Help me uderstand potassium
    ... against salt consumption in all it's forms including potassium . Yet, bananas are recommended as a beneficial high ... BP food because of their high potassium content. What am I missing?...
    ... against salt consumption in all it's forms including potassium . Yet, bananas are recommended as a beneficial high ... BP food because of their high potassium content. What am I missing? Brutus, :) Our ... bodies need potassium . It's an essential mineral for our cells, tissues ... the heart to handle. :blob_fire Reduction in potassium levels happens mainly through the use of diuretics ... as well). This is why the doctors like to check the potassium levels often. Some of the blood pressure medications ... INCREASE the levels of potassium in the bloodstream, and that is just as bad! There ... 's a potassium -sparing diuretic, some ARB's, ACE inhibitors, such ... as Ramipril. Having high levels of potassium is extremely dangerous and can be deadly. Most ... diuretics DECREASE the potassium levels. It's important to consume foods rich in potassium ... neither too high nor too low. Flowergirl P.S. The potassium -sodium connection: Potassium levels change depending ... the levels of sodium in the body - if sodium is up, potassium levels decrease, and vice versa....
    ... Potassium in the form of food is not a problem unless you are ... on a medication that causes your body to retain potassium (then you have to limit those foods high in potassium ... Perhaps you are talking about low sodium salt which has potassium in it? Fam...
    ... think a couple bananas a day is O.K.? I've always read potassium is salt, or a form of it....
    ... Keep in mind that bananas are very high in potassium . You only need to eat 5 of them (@450mg each) to ... reach your daily recommended amount of potassium . Other foods high in potassium are potatoes, cantelope ... fries... You can have bananas if you skip other high potassium foods. The recommended daily intake is 2000-3500mg ... . Many foods contain potassium in smaller amounts, especially fresh fruits, veggies ... cranberries, grapes and blueberries are very low in potassium . There are many OTHER fruits you could include in ... diet instead of bananas, if you are worried about the potassium content. In any case, I personally would NOT go on...
    ... Yes they put me on a diuretic and my potassium was at 3.2 and they make me take potassium now..I ... to get lower and that I was nuts!!! so i take the potassium and eat a banana a day and im at 3.6!...
    ... think a couple bananas a day is O.K.? I've always read potassium is salt, or a form of it. Brutus, Chemically ... speaking, potassium IS usually part of a salt (as in potassium chloride ... , potassium sufate etc.) but for purposes of blood pressure discussions...
    ... bananas a day may precipitate hyperkalemia (too much potassium .)...

  29. High Pulse due to Benicar?
    ... I've been having a problem with low potassium levels so my doctor took me off Atenolol, she said...
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  30. Should I Go On Meds?
    ... electrolytes? Do you get lots of sodium but very little potassium ? Hydration is also important, but I assume you are ... but rather am adding a salt substitute that includes potassium . Cinnamon has been shown to lower BP a little, and...

  31. Any natural supplements I have not tried?
    ... developing hypertension ate diets that were high amounts of potassium , magnesium, and calcium, and contained fiber and protein...
    Medications also discussed in this post: Cialis

  32. Flowergirl re: b/p?
    ... glad to be off of it. My new/old problem now is the potassium issue as I am now on THREE medications that increase...
    ... mostly because of my fear of accumulating too much potassium in the body). I also asked the cardio to make the...
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  33. Just began treatment HBP w/ questions...
    ... Just be sure that you keep up your fluid, sodium, & potassium intake so you don't get into problems with electrolyte...

  34. BP Supplement list
    ... evening primrose oil Minerals 1. calcium 2. potassium 3. magnesium Herbs 1. olive leaf ...

  35. can lisinopril cause pulse rate to increase?
    ... dieting arrythmia use of illicit drugs Vitamin B and potassium deficiencies (and some other minerals as well) panic...
    Medications also discussed in this post: Atenolol

  36. Low dose diuretic
    ... even a low dose of diuretic causes large amounts of potassium loss or is this only at the higher doses? At a ... low dose, are high potassium foods usually enough to offset losses or do most ... pts need an rx for a potassium supplement? Also wondered, what is the dose range...
    ... I take HCTZ (diuretic) 25mg. I don't need a potassium supplement. When I started the drug, I added up the ... amount of potassium in my usual diet to see if I was getting the minimum ... . I was. Once you are on a potassium depleting diuretic, you must eat a balanced diet ... everyday. Your body doesn't store potassium but it can get by for awhile. I've gotten into trouble ... didn't feel like eating so I wasn't getting my daily potassium quota. Now I have a "sick day plan" so I can get...
    ... HCTZ for almost 20 years. I tried to eat some high potassium foods every day but didn't go overboard. My serum ... potassium was NEVER low but my serum sodium was consistently...
    ... If you're going to supplement potassium , use carrot juice. Great natural hit of potassium...
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  37. worried about mum
    ... did she make sure she drank enough fluid, ate enough potassium rich fruits & veggies if she was on a potassium depleting...

  38. Antihypertensive drugs and allergic reactions
    ... repeated my concerns) we will test liver & kidneys & potassium more often, -not to worry!!! I intend to go to...
    Medications also discussed in this post: Diovan

  39. Muscle weakness
    ... take HCTZ too. I would suspect you may be low on potassium or maybe not getting enough sodium/fluid. We can ... to total about 8 glasses of fluid a day. I get my potassium mainly from 2 serving of fruit, 5 servings of veggies ... days. This is what I have done in the past when my potassium got low. I didn't use a potassium supplement. Check...

  40. I feel Terrible
    ... feel better today !! Becky, are you also taking a potassium supplement? The Benicar HCT has a diuretic in it and ... you are losing alot of potassium . It can also cause muscle aches and cramps in your...
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  41. Dangerously high blood pressure in otherwise healthy individual, any ideas?
    ... only other anomaly in his bloodwork was extremely low potassium (and he says he's been eating lots of bananas). ...
    ... is primary aldosteronism which has symptoms of low potassium levels, high blood pressure, headache, muscle weakness...
    ... that not everyone with the condition exhibits low potassium levels... Bsheba PS I found some info that ... said that dietary sodium, posture, blood potassium levels and certain medications can alter the results ... a low-sodium diet, taking medications to control potassium levels, and adjusting current medications) so those...
    ... always assess the eye properly. Regarding his low potassium , has he been eating a balanced diet or had excessive ... diarrhea/vomiting thereby losing potassium . Is he using street drugs or drinking too much alcohol...

  42. Low BP questions
    ... Gatorade you have a similar sports drink product with potassium and sodium in it. Don't exercise too much. Just...

  43. B/P & the Dash Hypertensive Diet?
    ... HCTZ except those that go with taking a diuretic like potassium decrease at time. Fam...

  44. *******ia
    ... tired, listless and my muscles feel weak. I take a potassium supplement as well as other supplements. My diet has...
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  45. Tired, tired, tired!!!!
    ... to try out but I don't want to mess around with my potassium since its hydrochlorothiazide which the doc took me...
    ... to find out I was alergic to it as well as eluvated potassium . You might ought to have you potassium checked. Mine...
    ... taking HCTZ for about 3 yrs. It is known to decrease potassium levels so I was really surprised to read that your ... potassium levels INCREASED while taking HCYZ. I've had a problem ... with DECREASED potassium levels when I was sick & didn't feel like eating....
    ... what I was told by by doctor, HCZT helps you retain Potassium not decrease it. He gave it to you because your potassium ... retain more. That's the reason you were sick, your potassium was low and needed to be increased. Sounds like with ... feeling better, that's because of the increase of Potassium . LOW POTASSIUM LEVELS CAN KILL, JUST A HIGH CAN DO ... . When the Doctor gave it to me he thought my Potassium was too low, After the allergic reaction they did...
    ... I have copies of my blood tests which show that my potassium levels have always been in the range of 3.5-4.5 which ... dental work & couldn't eat my normal diet with lots of potassium rich foods. Luckily, I recognized the symptoms of ... low potassium & increased my intake of potassium foods. I did not take any potassium in the pill etc ... form. Potassium isn't stored in the body like some other nutrients ... . You are right too much or too little potassium can kill. That was the first question in our anatomy ... if one injected a mouse with an excessive dose of potassium ? Of course, it was to hammer home the principal idea ... how lethal potassium can be in an inappropriate dose. Glad you are better...
    ... It is known to decrease potassium levels so I was really surprised to read that your ... potassium levels INCREASED while taking HCYZ. I've had a problem ... with DECREASED potassium levels when I was sick & didn't feel like eating. ... am not mistaken, diuretics in general cause one's potassium levels to decrease, UNLESS they happen to be potassium ... problem is quite the opposite - I am fearful of my potassium levels getting out of hand. I am on an ACE inhibitor ... (Ramipril) which raises potassium levels, Spironolactone, which is potassium-sparing ... , and Diovan, which is also known to raise potassium levels. Flowergirl...
    ... A high potassium level can be MUCH more dangerous than a low one. ...
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  46. Question re: Atenolol - for Beth
    ... are experiencing. The other common symptom is low potassium levels. I remember reading of your concerns about ... potassium given your potassium sparing diuretic, a bp that raised? potassium levels ... this because it is possible that you actually had low potassium levels before meds (although they said low potassium...
    Medications also discussed in this post: Diovan

  47. weird, fuzzy, disoriented,light-headed, dizzy
    ... live with it. My blood pressure is controlled, my potassium leans towards the low and I have to get it jump started...

  48. Valsartan (Diovan) for Blood Pressure
    ... nausea, joint aches are the most frequent. Blood potassium may increase so make sure you get your lab tests done ... . If you are taking any supplement containing potassium ,check with your Dr. This drug is in the same class...
    ... Blood potassium may increase so make sure you get your lab tests done ... . If you are taking any supplement containing potassium ,check with your Dr. This drug is in the same class ... thanks for your replies, info and warnings. The potassium issue might be a problem, as I am on Spironolactone ... (potassium-sparing), and Ramipril ( potassium -building). Don't need any more potassium. My last ... normal range. I don't want to get paranoid about my potassium levels. I do get regular blood work done, but it ... 's just the basics, potassium , lipids, kidney and liver function. I feel I should ... for the idea! Your warnings about the possible potassium buildup and wrist/knee pain similar to arthrits are...
    ... Thought I better mention some of the symptoms of potassium overload called hyperkalemia. K is the chemical symbol ... for potassium . First there is a slow pulse which progresses to...
    ... respond to medication and (in advanced cases lowered potassium levels) but less common symptoms are headache, muscle...
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  49. Hydrochlorot side effects after long use?
    ... well. One has to be very careful about fluid intake, potassium , etc. I've gotten into problems twice now because ... eating much. Luckily, I realized in time that my potassium was getting low. Another thing is that some calcium...
    ... a nurse, who made me aware of the potential for a potassium /magnesium deficiency. I was taking potassium and...

  50. Beta blockers and shortness of breath
    ... medications effect the body's handling of calcium or potassium . I take my Digoxin, Ace Inhibitor and Calcium Channel ... food or drink that contains significant levels of potassium or calcium. Also, each one of our bodies has a Circadian ... watch what you eat or drink, that contains calcium or potassium , before or after taking meds, and find out the best...

  51. Doc's idea did not work
    ... that a change of diuretic was called for (I am on a potassium -sparing Spironolactone and an ACE inhibitor that builds ... up potassium levels). I doubt anything will be done about it. ...
    Medications also discussed in this post: Spironolactone

  52. Potassium question
    ... My potassium is usually at 4.5 & I'm on HCTZ which decreases potassium ... monitor the lab results & know the symptoms of high potassium . Fam...
    ... doctor's haven't said, you've got 2 meds that DO affect potassium , one at a maximum dose, and this is how often we will...
    ... 2921134]Hello, My most recent bloodwork is back. My potassium level is 4.5 with the normal range given as (3.6-5...
    ... Hello everyone! I am back with yet another potassium question. This is something that's on my mind a lot ... yet to be diagnosed. This often results in excess potassium . On top of that, THREE of my blood pressure medications ... are potassium -sparing/building. (Spironolactone, Ramipril, Micardis ... ). -How long does it take for the potassium levels to get dangerously high? -What should the ... frequency of testing of the potassium levels be? -Is testing once every two/three months ... watch for regarding side effects. However, if the potassium levels get too high, unreversable events can happen ... tantaneously without any warning. I read that the actual potassium contained within our cells is not measured by a regular ... serum potassium test. What the blood test shows is a value on an extracellu ... tested very often at all. If there is another test for potassium levels, I'd appreciate hearing which one so that I...
    ... yet to be diagnosed. This often results in excess potassium . On top of that, THREE of my blood pressure medications ... are potassium -sparing/building. (Spironolactone, Ramipril, Micardis ... ). -How long does it take for the potassium levels to get dangerously high? -What should the ... frequency of testing of the potassium levels be? -Is testing once every two/three months ... watch for regarding side effects. However, if the potassium levels get too high, unreversable events can happen ... My second thought is that I suspect that your potassium levels were originally very low and that is why your ... doctors are treating you with potassium (k) sparing/building medications. But you need to ... check that out with your doctors...ask them what your potassium levels were BEFORE you started taking the potassium ... and you might also ask them "why" they prescribed 3 potassium sparing/building meds....according to one of your ... posts that I remember, despite being on these potassium sparing/building meds, you were still within normal ... k ranges, which to me, indicates your potassium levels were unacceptably low to begin with. My ... tell" the kidneys to get rid of more sodium and less potassium . I have read that sometimes there is a tumor on one ... this is a symptom of either too much or too little potassium . The only other info I recall is that the accuracy...
    ... wonder how I'd go about finding out what my pre-med potassium levels were. I like your way of thinking, Beth, because ... results but will have to wait a week. I hope this potassium issue does not develop into an obsession with me....
    ... your medical records at your Dr's office as well. My potassium levels have varied from 3.5-4.9. My only source of ... potassium is food. One time when I was sick from dental work ... & didn't eat, my potassium was very low but I didn't go to the ER because it ... increased food intake. You need to keep a record of your potassium record. Fam...
    ... on a daily basis (I don't think the body "stores" potassium , but I could be wrong)...If that's so, perhaps that ... is why a potassium test isn't done more often than with the physical...
    ... Beth, Glad to see you had a minute to check in. Potassium isn't stored in the body although the body can made ... you need to call the lab about that blood test for potassium in the cells. I didn't even notice you are in Canada...
    ... not willing to divulge any information regarding the potassium testing. It's worth a try! If all else fails, I will...
    ... you and Fam, I have less anxiety now regarding my potassium levels - another thing I hope to be able to discuss...
    ... you suffered from LOW K+ some time back? A 4.5 potassium level is okay though. There are ways to measure cellular ... potassium that are complex but suffice to say that it really ... is only SERUM potassium that is dangerous (becasue an excess can stop your...
    ... you and Fam, I have less anxiety now regarding my potassium levels - another thing I hope to be able to discuss...
    ... eyelids today I ended up reading about (what else) potassium deficiencies. Although there are several likely causes ... this very common and extremely annoying occurence, a potassium deficiency is also a possibility. It can cause muscle...
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  53. Lasix and Monopril
    ... s inflatable apparatus.;) With Lasix, often a potassium supplement is wise if potassium goes low on a blood...
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  54. ANY GOOD THINGS -12.5 hydrochorothiazide (HTCZ)
    ... about this. I read about too much sodium loss and potassium etc. Whats up before I start mine. thanks everyone...
    ... when I got a cold & didn't feel like eating. So my potassium got too low. You have to eat whether you feel like...
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  55. Apple cider Vinegar
    ... out afterwards. 2. ACV can result in decreased potassium levels...as this is a side effect of some of our bp ... meds, this could put some of us in double jeopardy--a potassium deficiency can be dangerous--we need a certain amount ... of potassium to regulate our heart rhythms, etc. 3. ACV can...
    ... Scientists who have analyzed it say the "stuff" like potassium in it is in far too minute quantities to affect blood...
    ... want to try it but thought since it had alot of potassium in it it would go not go with my BPM. even if...
    ... small amounts of those items but have heard that potassium does not go well with all BPM. Thanks Pat...

  56. My Thoughts On Atenolol
    ... Do you just drink it? I also take magnesium and potassium . Sometimes I forget to take some of them, as it gets...
    ... Vinegar (04/08/07). I have not considered taking potassium and magnesium supplements; I eat two bananas a day ... Centrum vitamins/minerals that I take contain 0.15mg of potassium and 50mg of magnesium, respectively. I don't know...
    ... I am not sure myself how many mgs. of magnesium or potassium a person needs daily, but I would say eating 2 bananas...
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  57. Hydrochorothiazide question please...
    ... can get out of whack...primarily low sodium and low potassium . Have these checked. 2. IF you notice that you...

  58. Metoprolol and restless legg cramping?
    ... going to help you too much. Although they do contain potassium , you would probably have to eat a dozen daily or more ... the cramps. Your doctor may want to prescribe a potassium supplement, I don't recommend that you start that...
    ... cramps went away. I was also taking large doses of Potassium and have since came completely off of it. I wouldn...
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  59. Lisinopril and Atenolol questions
    ... lithotripsys for 4 large kidney stones and I am also taking potassium and magnesium to prevent kidney stones. That is 5...
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  60. Maxzide 25 mg.
    ... is a very dangerous situration, far worse than low potassium . And of course, never take potassium supplements ... Oh well, who's counting? (Have you tested low potassium in the past?)...
    ... is a very dangerous situration, far worse than low potassium . And of course, never take potassium supplements ... Oh well, who's counting? (Have you tested low potassium in the past?) Thank you for your reply! OK. ... could have about 1500-2000mg. per day. I don't take potassium supplements, but sometimes eat foods high in potassium...
    ... restrict your sodium" will put you out of danger. Potassium in foods is okay...just no supplements, or worse,...

  61. Altace
    ... Also, the instructions say Altace can promote a high potassium and recommends you have lab work for that,just to ... check. A pharmacist told me, that high potassium s are not that common unless you are taking a potassium...
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  62. Cozaar side effect?
    ... antiacids, hawthorn, antiinflammatory pain medicines , and potassium supplements for example. Have you taken anything...
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  63. Weird Blood Pressure effect
    ... had to goto ER again though) irregular pulse due to potassium defficiency working on that. Pulse/heartrate has ... think the main problem will be over after taking reg potassium . Thanks for the imput those who did :)...
    ... high pulse and blood tests shown that i had almost no potassium , so adding 2+2 you usually get 4. Even though the...

  64. High BP while taking magnesium and lisinopril
    ... significantly lowered by a diet high in magnesium, potassium , and calcium, and low in sodium and fat. You might...

  65. 178/118
    ... atenolol, then my doctor added lozide (diuretic). When my potassium was slightly low, he took away the lozide and added...
    ... the insight as to your side effects from meds and potassium deficiency. I went through 3 eyeglass prescriptions...
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  66. Lasix & Klor-Con question
    ... prescribed 20mg Lasix and Klor-Con 8MEQ Sust-Release tabs ( potassium ), both once daily. I have been reading past posts ... and take it twice a day, how will that affect the potassium supplement? Would my body be storing too much potassium...
    ... alkaline medium so take it AFTER breakfast. Take the potassium chloride WITH it and also after a meal becasue the ... small dose, about 300 mg. and about 10% of normal potassium intake so don't worry too much about when or how much...
    ... sensitive hypertensive, you may find that LASIX and potassium are all you need and not everyone needs the potassium ... I would do a monthlong trial with JUST Lasix and potassium , and then if BP isn't good...
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  67. New to high blood pressure - Ace inhibitor?
    ... SEs scare me. - Especially the potential for high potassium , as I know this can affect your heart beat. I did ... to a very nice pharmacist yesterday, who assured me potassium doesn't usually become high unless taking potassium...
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  68. Blood Pressure Rising?
    ... to lower it, I've tried pycnogenol, magnesium, and potassium . None worked for me. My best advice is see the dr...

  69. Altace and Potassium levels
    ... BamaC, Hmmm, Yeah, the higher serum potassium is probably casued by the ALTACE. Is that ALL you ... thiazide or furosemide, since diuretics will cause potassium EXCRETION. That way the two components of your BP ... what I DO...I use losartan to balance my Lasix and my potassium is never a problem...nor is my SODIUM which HCTZ always...
    ... would a diuretic be appropriate? How high should the potassium go to cause concern?...
    ... Most people who take Lasix (loop diuretic) take a potassium supplement. I haven't decided whether I need it but ... for 2 hours) and someday I will do a trial with no potassium and test to see what kind of serum potassium I get...
    ... it up with my dr. on my next visit. What about the potassium level though? When is it time for me to really get...
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  70. potassium supplements vs. potassium in food
    ... think any diet that includes up to, say, 4 grams of potassium is okay. So, as long as the V-8 isn't drunk like ... problem. Every doctor's visit, have your serum potassium run...it wiill immediately reflect any problem. If ... you take a diuretc which depletes potassium , you can solve any problem caused by the lisinoprol...

  71. salt substitute info please
    ... They are safe unless you are taking a drug that is " potassium sparing." Most are potassium chloride and some taste ... serum sodium is a LOT more dangerous than low serum potassium ....
    ... They are safe unless you are taking a drug that is " potassium sparing." Most are potassium chloride and some taste ... serum sodium is a LOT more dangerous than low serum potassium . Hi Lenin, I don't take any diuretics because ... we agreed that they cause ED :(. What is potassium sparing drug? Thanks, Michael...
    ... Other than the potassium sparing diuretics, the anti-hypertensive drugs that ... retain potassium are ACE inhibitors and ARB's....

  72. Switched from toprol xl to Coreg
    ... use in large amounts in the first place. I'm eating potassium rich foods, even more veggies and fruits than before...
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  73. Can anyone answer this one
    ... I'd stop my Cozaar but it is useful for preventing potassium excretion and INCREASING uric acid excretion and I ... get. Follow the old dictum of trying to increase the potassium in your diet. Every doctor's visit have your sodium ... and potassium tested. HCTZ has a way of overlowering sodium in some...
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  74. Blood pressure meds
    ... keep hydrated. I ended up in the E/R dehydrated, my potassium was depleted, which gave me muscle cramps, "tremors...
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  75. Can you take a diuretic with Sulfa allergy?
    ... have to be monitored when you are on a diuretic for potassium levels, etc. Can someone please explain what/how...