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74 year old female, kidney transplant in 06, heart bypass,

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74 year old female, kidney transplant in 06, heart bypass, was hospitalized 3 weeks ago after carotid artery surgery and developed pneumonia. Despite all this she has done great up until this surgery, she was recovering from that well but was prescribed 2 Klor con m20 2x a day and 400mg magnesium oxide. She started to feel nauseous and weak in the first couple days before seeing her nephrologist who lowered the dose of magnesium to 64 3x a day. She is still feeling nauseous, some anxiety, weakness, low appetite and some mild vomitting. She would prefer not to go to ER, wants to wait to get in to docs Monday...could the potassium and mag be doing this? 2nd mag RX is considerably lower than the 400 she took for 3 days. Could she just stop taking those until Monday? Any advice appreciated.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 1 year ago.

Hi there,

This is Dr Basu, experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.

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Potasium and magnesium both can cause nausea as side effect.

In fact this is a common side effect.

That is potassium and magnesium are often given intravenously to avoid stomach intolerance.

Since she is not able to tolerate these supplements she may discontinue till monday.

Naturally, bananas, tomatoes, oranges, pomegranates have good amount potassium anf magnesium.

They should be consumed daily as tolerated meanwhile.

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Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 year ago.


Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 year ago.

This is Dr. David

yes, potassium and magnesium can cause nausea

also excessive anxiety and excessive stomach acid can also cause nausea and upset stomach and low appetite and vomiting.

it sounds like she might benefit from stomach acid blocking medications like zantac or prilosec to decrease stomach acid

she might need medications to help decrease anxiety symptoms like an SSRI agent like zoloft or paxil or klonopin or xanax.

she should contact her doctors about her symptoms and supplements right away.

online doctors should not be telling you to stop or start supplements her doctors have prescribed to her.

she might need a prescription for zoloft to help decrease nausea.

if she takes the supplements, have her take them with food in the stomach and never on an empty stomach.

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