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What should I know about getting extra potassium to treat hypokalemia?

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To treat low levels of potassium in your blood (hypokalemia), you can get more potassium by taking supplements. Most of these you can take by mouth.

In some cases, you may need to get your potassium by IV. For example, if:

  • Your potassium level is dangerously low
  • Supplements don’t raise your potassium levels
  • Your low potassium levels cause abnormal heart rhythms

From: What is Hypokalemia? WebMD Medical Reference

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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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