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Old 05-05-2014, 08:22 AM
 
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I don't know what to do anymore. I'm 67 and I have PVC for many years but now are worse than ever. Every time I go to ER everything checks out normal but it has been a while since I was there and I'm now thinking my potassium level could be out of range. But potassium supplements are not available without prescription. I eat a banana and drink gatorade but not sure if that really helps. I thought I start taking magnesium but that didn't help at all. Someone told me about Co Q-10 and I've tried some. It didn't seem to make much difference and it's very expensive. How much magnesium do you recommend daily? I have the one bottle that says Magnesium and nothing else. I was not aware of any other forms of it like the ones you mentioned but I will try them. I've also noticed frequent urination during and after and attack of PVC. Anyone else experiences frequent urination like every 10 minutes or so?
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Old 10-07-2014, 12:21 AM
 
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You don't need a prescription to buy potassium supplements. You can buy potassium chloride at the grocery store in the salt section (it's a salt alternative) and it will work far better than bananas to restore your potassium levels. Make sure you take magnesium too though, because your potassium stores will not rebuild if your magnesium levels have already been depleted too much. (Don't use magnesium oxide supplements, by the way--your body barely absorbs magnesium oxide at all, so it's no good. Magnesium citrate absorbs best.) It can take weeks to months to rebuild lost stores of magnesium, depending on how depleted you are, so don't assume change will happen right away. To figure out how much magnesium to take daily, don't sweat it too much; just do what the bottle says. If you overdose, the worst thing that will happen is diarrhea. In fact, the "diarrhea test" is how I decide how much I should be taking per day for my supplement. Your body just throws away any extra magnesium you take in.
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