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What are symptoms of hypokalemia?

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If your problem is temporary, or you’re only slightly hypokalemic, you might not feel symptoms. Once your potassium levels fall below a certain level, you might have:

Hypokalemia can affect your kidneys. You may have to go to the bathroom more often and feel thirsty.

You may notice muscle problems during exercise. In severe cases, muscle weakness can lead to paralysis and possibly respiratory failure.

  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle cramps or twitching
  • Constipation
  • Arrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythms)

From: What is Hypokalemia? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

MedlinePlus: “Potassium.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Hypokalemia and Hyperkalemia.”

Medscape: “Hypokalemia.”

Mayo Clinic: “Low potassium (hypokalemia).”

Merck Manual: “Hypokalemia (Low Level of Potassium in the Blood).”

UpToDate: “Clinical manifestations and treatment of hypokalemia in adults.”

National Organization for Rare Disorders: “Hypokalemia.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on September 19, 2018

SOURCES:

MedlinePlus: “Potassium.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Hypokalemia and Hyperkalemia.”

Medscape: “Hypokalemia.”

Mayo Clinic: “Low potassium (hypokalemia).”

Merck Manual: “Hypokalemia (Low Level of Potassium in the Blood).”

UpToDate: “Clinical manifestations and treatment of hypokalemia in adults.”

National Organization for Rare Disorders: “Hypokalemia.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on September 19, 2018

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