Some diuretics can cause low levels of
potassium. A delicate balance of potassium is needed to properly transmit
electrical impulses in the heart.
A low potassium level can disrupt the
normal electrical impulses in the heart and lead to irregular heartbeats
(arrhythmias). If potassium levels are low, a potassium supplement may be
Do not start taking potassium supplements on your own. Talk with your doctor first to make sure it is safe for you.
You and your doctor are a team. You should ask questions about any concerns you may have, so that you understand what's going on with your health.
If you’re concerned about your blood pressure, or if your doctor is, start by asking these questions:
What is my blood pressure?
What should my blood pressure be?
What kind of diet should I follow to help control my blood pressure?
How much should I weigh?
Can you recommend a diet or eating plan to help me reach that weight?
If you take potassium supplements, tell your doctor if you also use a salt substitute that contains potassium. You may need to stop using that salt substitute, because you will get too much potassium. Too much potassium can
Potassium supplements are available in liquid, tablet, powder, and
effervescent tablet forms.
Blood tests to check for low potassium levels (hypokalemia) are often
done during diuretic therapy.
In some cases, an increase in potassium in your normal diet can
replace or reduce the need for a supplement. Potassium-rich foods
Dried fruits (raisins, prunes, dates, and
Fresh fruits (oranges, bananas, cantaloupe, and
Fresh vegetables (potatoes, beets, peas, and