What can cause low potassium?
I was wondering how someone can develop low potassium? I know that vomiting can lead to it, as well as bad kidneys, etc... Any other causes? Thanks!
The most frequent causes of low potassium are:
1) Medications: diuretics (like lasix, metalazone, hydrochlorothiazides), blood pressure medications (like lisinopril), prednisone, some antibiotics (like gentamycin)
2) Gastrointestinal losses: vomiting, diarrhea, laxative overuse
3) Lack of potassium in diet
4) Kidney diseases: Cushing syndrome, adrenal tumors, renal artery stenosis
Hope that is helpful!
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