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Old 10-06-2011, 09:01 AM
 
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I was in the ER sat night I felt SO weak and shaky and pale and just horrible like I was dying. They did a CBC panel and they said my potassium was slightly low . It was 3.3 and I guess normal is 3.5-5.0 .. They said most people wouldn't even notice it if it was at my level but they prescribed me 20 mg pills. I've been taking half a pill in the am half at night since I wasn't that low to start I don't want to OD on it. Since taking it the shakiness has stopped some but I still have weakness in my legs . Now tho I'm feeling hot all the time even tho my house is on 74. Has anyone had this side effect taking them?
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Old 10-06-2011, 09:24 AM
 
Location: Whidbey Island, WA
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This does not sound like a slightly low potassium level to me. I would eat well, take it easy, drink fluids and make an appt with your regular doctor.
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Old 10-06-2011, 11:10 AM
 
Location: Newport, Rhode Island
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Taking potassium without magnesium is dangerous. Proper electrolyte balance is key. Have your kidneys checked.
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Old 10-06-2011, 12:43 PM
 
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Thanks guys I'm drinking lots of elecrolyte water to stay hydrated. I know too much isnt good thats why I've been taking it half at a time. I dunno if they checked my kidney function when they took blood from me but I am going to follow up with my PCP about rechecking my potassium levels. I'm just not sure how fast the pills would work and to what extent they would take away the weakness in my legs
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Old 10-06-2011, 02:12 PM
 
Location: Newport, Rhode Island
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Thanks guys I'm drinking lots of elecrolyte water to stay hydrated. I know too much isnt good thats why I've been taking it half at a time. I dunno if they checked my kidney function when they took blood from me but I am going to follow up with my PCP about rechecking my potassium levels. I'm just not sure how fast the pills would work and to what extent they would take away the weakness in my legs

on a blood test look at "anion gap" and "BUN" for signs of diminished kidney function.
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Old 10-06-2011, 03:09 PM
 
Location: southern born and southern bred
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Taking potassium without magnesium is dangerous. Proper electrolyte balance is key. Have your kidneys checked.


could you link me to where this is a fact?
I should think the doctor or pharmacist would inform someone if it is true.
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Old 10-06-2011, 04:14 PM
 
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on a blood test look at "anion gap" and "BUN" for signs of diminished kidney function.
I believe my low potassium comes from surgery I had two weeks ago on my mouth where I couldn't eat hardly anything for over a week plus I was on 2000mg of antibiotics a day and lost quite a bit of blood. I think all of that combined has lowered it. My kidneys seem to be okay I am peeing enough during the day and drinking lots of fluids
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Old 10-06-2011, 07:49 PM
 
Location: Newport, Rhode Island
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could you link me to where this is a fact?
I should think the doctor or pharmacist would inform someone if it is true.
why would...or should you think that a doctor would know this?


oh you you poor naive little thing
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