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I have Potassium of 3.3 and symptomatic. How much replacement

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I have Potassium of 3.3 and symptomatic. How much replacement should I take by mouth daily.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  DR MED MD replied 5 years ago.

Dr. AM. MD. :

hello

Dr. AM. MD. :

are you admitted in some hospital?

Dr. AM. MD. :

What symptoms are youhvaing?>

Dr. AM. MD. :

what symptoms are you having?

JACUSTOMER-hq2c9nhs- :

I went to ER with palpitations a few days ago, EKG, cardiac enzymes, chest x ray, all normal. Blood work all normal except for K of 3.3. I have been having musle weakness, dizziness, and some palpitations for last few weeks.

Dr. AM. MD. :

Did they prescribed you any potassium?

JACUSTOMER-hq2c9nhs- :

No, they gave me 40mEq PO in ER, then discharged.

Dr. AM. MD. :

Levels below 3.0 mEq/liter may require intravenous replacement.

Dr. AM. MD. :

3.3 is definately low.

Dr. AM. MD. :

This stage oral replacement can be taken but only with your doctor permission.

Dr. AM. MD. :

You should not take this medication own your own.

Dr. AM. MD. :

This can be dangerous.

Dr. AM. MD. :

Common doses given are 10-20mEq per day

Dr. AM. MD. :

Thanks

JACUSTOMER-hq2c9nhs- :

Yes I looked up dosage but is difficult to tell how long it will take to get to safe level, periodic lab draws I guess?

Dr. AM. MD. :

yes regular lab check is required.

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