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My DR called and said my potassium level was 3.1 and I need

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my DR called and said my potassium level was 3.1 and I need to raise it. He will give an RX next week but suggested I take something over the weekend. I am on a diuretic for blood pressure
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 8 years ago.


Low potassium is matter of concern as it can affect your heart, muscles etc.

You are on a diuretic for blood pressure.

Diuretics lower the potassium level by making you 'pee out' potassium.

Your doctor should change your blood pressure medication to another medication ( like lisinopril, amlodipine etc.).

You should take bananas, drink fruit juices in the meantime.

They are rich in potassium.

You may also need potassium supplements if your potassium level does not reach above 4.

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