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Losartan 50 mg, and pro-biotics
I am new to bp meds. Dr has me on Losartan 50 mg. Can I take pro-biotics for ulcerative colitis with this medication? Also, can I eat banana's and potatoes still or will they increase potassium levels? Thanks.
I am taking losartan potassium "LIFEZAR" 50mg to control my blood presure, can I substitute it?
I am working in the desert, and the only available losartan potassium here in "COZAAR". Since both medicines are losartan potassium, could I take "COZAAR" 50mg if ever I run out of "LIFEZAR" 50mg. "LIFEZAR" is a brand name of losartan potassium in the Philippines. Thanks.
  yes you can, though you will need a prescription from a doctor here to get it. All I would do is find a doc and bring you bottles.
Whats the differenc between Losartan Potassium and Losartan Potassium with HCTZ?
  Losartan potassium with HCTZ has hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) in it. That is another medication called a diuretic. It also lowers the blood pressure. The two medications often work well together, which is why the drug companies make a pill that contains them both. If one pill, Losartan, is not string enough, you doctor may start the combo pill instead.
Janice M
What is Losartan Potassium prescibed for, 50 mg taken orally?
pat m
  Losartan is used to treat high blood pressure. The 50 mg is the middle strength, 25 being the lowest and 100 the highest.
If a tablet contains 50 mg losartan potassium and 12.5 mg hydrochlorothiazide how many tablets do I take?
If a tablet contains 50 mg losartan potassium and 12.5 mg hydrochlorothiazide how many tablets do I take in one day.
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Hypertension Dosing must be individualized.
The usual starting dose of losartan is 50 mg once daily, with 25 mg recommended for patients with intravascular volume depletion (e.g., patients treated with diuretics) and patients with a history of hepatic impairment

Losartan can be administered once or twice daily at total daily doses of 25 to 100 mg. If the antihypertensive effect measured at trough using once-a-day dosing is inadequate, a twice-a-day regimen at the same total daily dose or an increase in dose may give a more satisfactory response.

Hydrochlorothiazide is effective in doses of 12.5 to 50 mg once daily and can be given at doses of 12.5 to 25 mg as HYZAAR. To minimize dose-independent side effects, it is usually appropriate to begin combination therapy only after a patient has failed to achieve the desired effect with monotherapy.

The side effects of losartan are generally rare and apparently independent of dose; those of hydrochlorothiazide are a mixture of dose-dependent (primarily hypokalemia) and dose-independent phenomena (e.g., pancreatitis), the former much more common than the latter.

Therapy with any combination of losartan and hydrochlorothiazide will be associated with both sets of dose-independent side effects.

Replacement Therapy: The combination may be substituted for the titrated components.

Dose Titration by Clinical Effect: A patient whose blood pressure is not adequately controlled with losartan monotherapy (see above) or hydrochlorothiazide alone, may be switched to HYZAAR 50-12.5 (losartan 50 mg/hydrochlorothiazide 12.5 mg) once daily. If blood pressure remains uncontrolled after about 3 weeks of therapy, the dose may be increased to two tablets of HYZAAR 50-12.5 once daily or one tablet of HYZAAR 100-25 (losartan 100 mg/hydrochlorothiazide 25 mg) once daily. A patient whose blood pressure is not adequately controlled with losartan 100 mg monotherapy (see above) may be switched to HYZAAR 100-12.5 once daily. If blood pressure remains uncontrolled after about 3 weeks of therapy, the dose may be increased to two tablets of HYZAAR 50-12.5 once daily or one tablet of HYZAAR 100-25 (losartan 100 mg/hydrochlorothiazide 25 mg) once daily.A patient whose blood pressure is inadequately controlled by 25 mg once daily of hydrochlorothiazide, or is controlled but who experiences hypokalemia with this regimen, may be switched to HYZAAR 50-12.5 (losartan 50 mg/hydrochlorothiazide 12.5 mg) once daily, reducing the dose of hydrochlorothiazide without reducing the overall expected antihypertensive response. The clinical response to HYZAAR 50-12.5 should be subsequently evaluated, and if blood pressure remains uncontrolled after about 3 weeks of therapy, the dose may be increased to two tablets of HYZAAR 50-12.5 once daily or one tablet of HYZAAR 100-25 (losartan 100 mg/hydrochlorothiazide 25 mg) once daily.The usual dose of HYZAAR is one tablet of HYZAAR 50-12.5 once daily. More than two tablets of HYZAAR 50-12.5 once daily or more than one tablet of HYZAAR 100-25 once daily is not recommended. The maximal antihypertensive effect is attained about 3 weeks after initiation of therapy.Use in Patients with Renal Impairment: The usual regimens of therapy with HYZAAR may be followed as long as the patient's creatinine clearance is >30 mL/min. In patients with more severe renal impairment, loop diuretics are preferred to thiazides, so HYZAAR is not recommended.

Patients with Hepatic Impairment: HYZAAR is not recommended for titration in patients with hepatic impairment because the appropriate 25 mg starting dose of losartan cannot be given. Severe Hypertension The starting dose of HYZAAR for initial treatment of severe hypertension is one tablet of HYZAAR 50-12.5 once daily (see CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY, Pharmacodynamics and Clinical Effects). For patients who do not respond adequately to HYZAAR 50-12.5 after 2 to 4 weeks of therapy, the dosage may be increased to one tablet of HYZAAR 100-25 once daily. The maximum dose is one tablet of HYZAAR 100-25 once daily. HYZAAR is not recommended as initial therapy in patients with hepatic impairment because the appropriate 25 mg starting dose of losartan cannot be given. It is also not recommended for use as initial therapy in patients with intravascular volume depletion (e.g., patients treated with diuretics.

HYZAAR®50-12.5 (Losartan Potassium-Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets)
HYZAAR®100-12.5 (Losartan Potassium-Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets)
HYZAAR®100-25 (Losartan Potassium-Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets)

16 Hypertensive Patients with Left Ventricular Hypertrophy Treatment should be initiated with COZAAR 50 mg once daily. Hydrochlorothiazide 12.5 mg should be added or HYZAAR 50-12.5 substituted if the blood pressure reduction is inadequate. If additional blood pressure reduction is needed, COZAAR 100 mg and hydrochlorothiazide 12.5 mg or HYZAAR 100-12.5 may be substituted, followed by COZAAR 100 mg and hydrochlorothiazide 25 mg or HYZAAR 100-25. For further blood pressure reduction other antihypertensives should be added

HYZAAR may be administered with other antihypertensive agents. HYZAAR may be administered with or without food
is it advisable to take losartan potassium as blood pressure maintenance drug?
coz my grandma is taking it everyday..
  yes it is.. my father, grandmother and uncle take it everyday as well.. it's a widely prescribed drug... I have a family history or hypertension so i know.. hehe.. you're grandma's gonna be fine..
Frusemide reduces Sodium & Potassium and increases uric acid level. What to do in such a case for HTN control?
I have a problem of Hypertension. I am obese (BMI=32+) and Hypothyroid. I also have high level of Uric Acid (6.5). I have been advised to consume Losartan Potassium 500mg and Frusemide 40mgm. daily till my BP becomes normal. I am afraid that consuming Frusemide will create an imbalance in my Sodium & Potassium levels, and also increase Uric acid. Please suggest what to do in such a case ?
  It will not increase your uric acid levels. If you keep yourself well hydrated, you will not have an imbalance in your electrolytes. Also, eating a banana a day will help keep your potassium up. Unless you want to continue to have your doctor add medication after medication to control your blood pressure, you need to start eating a more healthy diet and begin a regular exercise program (walking is easiest - start slowly with short distances and gradually increase your distance and pace until you are walking a minimum of 30 minutes per day). Then, you can reduce your weight and your blood pressure. When starting on Furosemide, your doctor will probably have you have some blood drawn in a few weeks to monitor your potassium levels. Decreasing the amount of protein consumed in your diet will also help reduce your uric acid levels.
I have lately heard a lot about this herbal medicine called muktavati for high good or bad is it ?
is it safe to switch from the mild alopathic drugs i am on (losartan potassium) to BP has at an average been at 130/75 for almost 6 months!
  Hi abspandey_16, it's big risk for you to answer, yes or no, your BP is 130/75 and this not significant deflection, most likely changing a diet and lifestyle wholly sufficiently, but my advice - find doctor who specializes in this field before you take any meds, and get a 2nd and 3rd opinion.

About Mukta Vati. Yes Mukta Vati contains various herbs that make MuktaVati a powerful herbal remedy for high blood pressure: such as Brahmi (Centella Asiatica), Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera), Shankhapushpi (Evolvulus Alsinoides L.), PushkarMool (Inula Racemosus), Jyotishmati (Celastrus Paniculatus), Guduchi (Tinospora Cordifolia), Red Clover Powder (Trifolium Pratense), also Pearl Powder (Mytilus margaritiferus), but get advice from doctor before you take med.
Jason Homan
Jason Homan
Should I take bp medicine or wait?
I sometimes can't remember if I have taken my bp medication or not, particularly if I am also taking other pills, as I am now...antibiotic and Advil. Which is skip that day's dose, or to take a double dose? I am on 100 mg Losartan Potassium. Yes, I know I need to buy a daily dosage pill container...that's next on my list, but in the meantime, such as today?
  Do not take another dose. Wait it out until your next time to take your bp medicine. Doubling up could be very dangerous. Invest in an at home bp machine if you can, we have one and it's nice!
Susan Arenivaz
Is Aprovel 300mg tablet "IRBESARTAN" the same of Losartan potassium?
Is Aprovel 300mg "Irbesartan" can minimize the albumin and reduce the high blood pressure or hypertension.
julian m
  No. They both are not the same but very similar. Both belong to a group called Angiotensin II antagonists. They are used to control high blood pressure and in some heart diseases. Yes, it can reduce albumin in urine. But has to be taken with the advice of a doctor only.
if a person has feeling of stomach fullness,abdom swelling,nausea,left upper abd oman pain plzz tell diagnosi?
along with that if he is becoming fatty,cholesterol levels are on boarderline,taking losartan potassium for blood pressure since one month ,but has this problem before that also has excessive scalp skin scaling,what is this condition,,,please help??????
  Your cholesterol, blood pressure and scaling would most likely be unrelated. It might a side effect from the losartan potassium, but I don't believe the side effects include any of the things you mentioned. You should check the brochure that they gave you when you started the medication. But to me, it just sounds like acute gastritis, or dyspepsia. It's nothing serious. Basically it just means an irritation of the lining in your stomach. Just get some Zantac and you should be fine. But to make sure, go to your doctor, and maybe get an ultrasound or xray to be certain it's nothing serious.
Potassium citrate and potassium chloride?
If someone has been on Potassium citrate (urocit-k) for 9 years (for Cystinuria/Kidney stones), why would a doctor have them to start taking both the potassium citrate and the potassium chloride, together? Especially if that person has developed High blood pressure?
Why are Potassium tablets so low in the DV%?
I have looked at all the other supplements at GNC, like Vitamin C and Magnesium for example, and they have well over 100% of the DV. However, Potassium is only like 3 or 4% of the daily value, why is this? It seems pointless to buy if that is all the Potassium you are getting.
  I don't know, it does seem pointless but I am thinking that because Potassium is so easily obtained in the human diet they think that they don't have to put very much in the tablets. Or because they think people don't care to read the label and just pick up any random supplement they see.
I have to take Potassium and Magnesium bc I'm on diuretics - Does it matter between Calcate, Citrate, Carbo-
-nate etc. Also, does using Potassium Chloride (NoSalt) count towards Potassium supplementation?
  Citrate and carbonate are good forms to take. NoSalt would count, too.
Note that the different forms of the minerals have different molecular weights, so make sure you get the right amount of the mineral. Check the label to see how much potassium or magnesium is in a tablet of the supplement.
Susan S
What is the difference between potassium chloride an potassium bicarbonate?
In terms of healthy balance of bodily electrolytes, I'm not sure what difference there is between the two. Is it as simple as potassium chloride is the combination of the electrolytes potassium + chloride while potassium bicarbonate is the combination of the electrolytes potassium + bicarcarbonate? I'm not sure if it breaks down that simply.
  Yes, it actually is that simple. Potassium bonds very well to both chloride and bicarbonate. Potassium has a +1 charge, while both chloride and bicarbonate have a -1 charge.

Check out this site for a detailed description of these three electrolytes and their effect on the body:
Why is there never a supplement that can provide a 100% DV of potassium?
I have constant muscle spasms in twitches and I was advised to take potassium and drink more water by both a doctor and a massuse. I've noticed that most any of them ever say is 3%. Is too much potassium a bad thing?
  Yes, too much K is a bad thing. It can cause kidney failure. I was put on a supplement by a doc and i didn't actually need it and i OD'd my kidney's went into whats called Azotemia which is a condition where your kidneys are messing up but aren't in actual renal failure. I was so sick for like a week til my body got it all out of my system. Stick to eating K rich foods like bananas and dark green leafy veggies. Don't mess with K supplements they will mess up your body.
☼▬Jessi Ann▬☼
What are the effects of spironolactone on acne? Also,if I get 2 much potassium from this drug,what can happen?
I am wondering about the drug Spironolactone and it's effects on people taking it for acne. Since this drug dramatically increases potassium in the bloodstream, what the the effects if a person takes too much potassium? Are their side effects? I thought potassium was a good thing, but I hear now that too much can kill you?
  Excessive potassium can cause a heart arrythmia (irregular rhythm). When taking any drug that can alter electrolyte balance, periodic blood work needs to be done.
Ramona H
I'm having effects from low potassium again?
This morning my feet were stuck in a cramp for about an hour. Last time I had low potassium that kept my hands in cramps for hours at a time, I was pregnant and had to be hospitalized. I was in premature labor to add to the mix and they had me on magnesium sulfate to stop it. My level was 2.4 when I got there. I took the huge pills with orange juice 3x a day and within 3 days they got up to 3.5. It was decided that it must have been me missing the potassium in my diet even though I craved bananas, OJ, tangerines and I still do really always had a thing for oranges. So I've been extra careful to keep those things in my diet now I had that cramp which is coming back in my right foot I wonder is this a deficiecy or what? I am nursing, which takes a lot of calories but I eat right probably more nutritious foods because I'm nursing I don't think I should be lacking potassium when I drink OJ and eat bananas all the time. Then I'm reading up on low potassium on the internet and come across magnesium and potassium balance *I was on magnesium sulfate last time my potassium level was critical and I'm wondering if the reason my levels went up so well in the hospital is because of the magnesium sulfate. Does that make sense? At least it seems to make sense to me and I have to go in today my nurse said because last time it was so low and I'm going to ask the doctor about it.
Mitch & Katie's Mama
  Lack of potassium in the diet is an uncommon cause of hypokalemia (low potassium). Conditions that cause hypokalemia are: kidney disorders that affects kidney function – the kidneys may excrete too much potassium, magnesium deficiency, high aldosterone levels can cause low potassium levels, certain drugs, severe vomiting, diarrhea, sweating during intense exercise, malaborption problems. Diseases that cause hypokalemia are Liddle’s syndrome, Cushing’s syndrome, Fanconi’s syndrome, and Bartter’s syndrome.

Calcium cannot absorb without vitamin D and vice versa. Calcium cannot be assimulated in the body without magnesium. If you have low magnesium you need to take calcium at a 2:1 ratio eg 1000mg of calcium to 500mg of magnesium and vitamin D 5000IU a day is recommended. The most accurate and reliable blood test available for magnesium and calcium is an "ionized" test.

Is it ok to take Spironolactone and potassium supplements?
I don't food rich in potassium, so I start supplementing with 2 supplements per day which provide a total of 6% of my daily value. I also take spironolactone 25mg once a this safe? I know that drug causes potassium to stay in the body. Since I started this new drug last week, I've been very sleepy.
Lifes a beach
  Spironolactone often increases serum potassium levels and can cause hyperkalemia, a very serious condition. Therefore, it is recommended that people using this drug avoid potassium supplements and salt substitutes containing potassium. Doctors usually recommend periodic screening of serum potassium levels and some patients may be advised to limit dietary consumption of potassium.

Do not use spironolactone if you have kidney disease, urination problems, or high levels of potassium in your blood. Do not use salt substitutes or low-sodium milk products that contain potassium. These products could cause your potassium levels to get too high while you are taking spironolactone.

If you are taking potassium supplements or other potassium-sparing diuretics such as Aldactazide, amiloride (Midamor, Moduretic), or triamterene (Dyrenium, Dyazide, Maxzide).

Check with your doctor regarding your sleepy symptom if this continues. Are you taking this for high blood pressure? Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is caused by low potassium. So, your doctor needs to evaluate your potassium levels as this could be causing your fatigue.

Hope this helps.
syl c.
I just swallowed some face wash?
about a pea of this face wash called lab series for men. I rinsed it out loads of times but my saliva is bubbly and there is a slight taste of it in my mouth.

many thanks

Water, Potassium Myristate, Glycerin, Potassium Behenate, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Potassium Palmitate, Butylene Glycol, Polyethylene, Potassium Laurate, Potassium Stearate, Acetyl Glucosamine, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Ursolate, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria), Mentha Piperita (Peppermint), Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Menthol, PEG 3 Distearate, Disodium EDTA, Sorbic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Green 5 (CI 61570).
henry 123
  You'll be fine, I wouldn't worry about it. If you start having other pains or other symptoms I would contact someone then.

Hoped I helped!!
Ben Stanley
how much potassium and sodium chloride should a person have a day?
im bulimic and my doctor said i have low potassium and sodium chloride. i was wondering how many tablets of potassium and how much salt should i take daily?
(pls don't tell me that i should jus stop being bulimic, im trying 2 work on it)
una ragazza siciliana
  According to Wikipedia, you need a total of 2,000 milligrams of potassium and 2,400 grams of sodium a day. Do the math, find out how much you need.
Heero K
Yellow watery discharge after drinking Potassium Citrate for UTI?
I recently came down with UTI and was given the Potassium Citrate/Iodide? and some antibiotics. I took my 1st dose of Potassium Citrate 2hours ago.. is it very normal for some yellowish watery discharge? I've never had this kind of discharge before..
Anyone ever used the blood pressure drug Cozaar? Like it or not?
Currently taking another one with a diuretic but it is depleting my potassium and they want to change it. Have also added a potassium supplement, but it bothers my stomach sometimes. Thanks!
  I used Cozaar for a while, it is the same thing as Hyzaar except Hyzaar has a diuretic in it and Cozaar does not so you don't have to worry about losing potassium on Cozaar.Since you have stomach problems I would suggest Cozaar since it works good and does not deplete your potassium. It worked good keeping my BP down and I never had to worry about adding potassium to my diet.
Klor-con M20 (potassium) I hate these big pills?
What is my best source of potassium from foods? I have gained 40+ lbs since heart surgery last year. Taking Lasix 2x a day; can't get the answer from my doctors; any suggestions?
  banana is the richest source of natural food for potassium but it is hard to quantify the amount of K from one banana. you can ask the pharmacist if you can get liquid KCL. good luck
What is the difference between potassium chloride and potassium gluconate?
  Potassium chloride occurs as either white, granular powder or as colorless, elongated, prismatic or cubical crystals. It is odorless and has a saline taste. One gram of potassium chloride contains 13.4 mEq of potassium. Potassium chloride may also be known as KCl.

Potassium gluconate occurs as white to yellowish white, crystalline powder or granules. It is odorless and has a slightly bitter taste and is freely soluble in water. One gram of potassium gluconate contains 4.3 mEq of potassium.
Where can I get Free or cheap "Potassium Iodide KI" pills?
Potassium Iodide KI pills are used to treat nucular radiation and protect the thyroid gland. Where can I find FREE Or CHEAP FDA Approved Potassium Iodide KI pills? Is there a non-prophet distrbation center? Anything?


  You can wait for the next nuclear meltdown and the authorities will be handing them out for free - if you're still alive. Should you be unable to wait, they're easily available on the internet - just search.
hi there ? i have questions? Currently Ezetimibe with attorvastatin is used to control LDL in particular and l
Currently Ezetimibe with attorvastatin is used to control LDL in particular and lipids in general. In my case, My Lp(a)is 55 while lipid range is normal. Is it necessary to add Ezetimibe to statin for Lp(a) in the drug regimen ? 2. Diruitic like Indapamide 1.5 SR or HCTZ 12.5 is contraindicated in person having high uric acid levels without gouty manifestations and on allopurinol 300 ? 4. What are the pssible options for me who is on amlodipine 10 mg Losartan 100 and Atenolol-100. Doctor wants me to delete Amlodipine because of pedal edema- Mild incompetent sapheno femoral junction. If Amlodipine is deleted, what are other options ? Does combinations of Ramipril 10 + Losartan 100 + Atenolol 100 take care of amlodipine ? I am male 50 hypertensive with obesity 105 kg. Non diabetic non smoker non alcoholic stricy vegitarian. Please guide. 5. Is Nicotinic Acid or Fenofibrate helpful in increasing HDL.? I am a brisk walker but unable to increase my HDL. I shall be obliged to receive your gu
  Omega 3 fish oil supplements
OATMEAL for breakfast everyday

These are all things you can do to help lower your cholesterol levels. Of course, you need to cut fat out of your diet. It is a lifestyle change. Good luck.
Yvette C
my dad is DM II patient. His last HbAic is 6.4% but the micral test is 195 mg/dl.pls suggests on what to do..
he is currently on Losartan, mixed insulin and ezetimibe...what do we need to do to make it normal...pls pls help!
  Your dad HbA1C is 6.4 % , For a better diabetic control it should be less than 6 Micral test strips are used for urine test. Blood tests are more reliable.

Its better that you father checks his fasting and random blood glucose or goes for OGTT which will give the clear idea of his sugar levels diabetics cant only rely on the HbA1C tests only.

He should eat low carbo high fiber diet , low glycemic index diet, and exercise/ brisk walk. I f he is overweight , shedding some pounds will help a lot in controlling his blood glucose

Visit my profile for free website on diabetes
Can you substitute kelp for potassium iodide?
None of my local stores have potassium iodide on the shelves today, but I did get some Icelandic Kelp in tablet form, 225 mg iodine (as kelp) in each tablet. Is this a good substitute for potassium iodide?
  but you would need 578 tablets to get 130mg iodine

One of the greatest dangers following a nuclear accident comes from exposure to gases containing radioactive isotopes of iodine. These highly carcinogenic isotopes are readily taken up by the thyroid gland, resulting in the development of thyroid cancer. Exposure to radioactive iodine calls for immediate treatment with another form of iodine, potassium iodide, to saturate the thyroid and block the absorption of radioactive iodine. .

Potassium Iodide (KI)
Potassium iodide tablets are commonly stockpiled near nuclear power plants to allow for rapid distribution in case of a radioactive accident. In the absence of tablets, potassium iodide may also be administered as a "saturated solution of potassium iodide" (SSKI) which in the U.S.P. generic formulation contains 1000 mg of KI per ml of solution. Two drops of U.S.P. SSKI solution is equivalent to one 130 mg KI tablet (100 mg iodide).

Recommended Doses
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the following doses of potassium iodide should be taken as a single dose within three hours of exposure, or up to 10 hours after exposure, although this is less effective.

• Adults : 130 mg 

• Adolescents: 12-18: WHO -- adult dose; CDC -- children's dose; if adult size (150 pounds or over) they should take the full adult dose, regardless of their age.
• Children age 3-12 years: 65 mg

• Infants : 1 mo. to 3 years, 32. 25 mg (ie half tablet)
• Newborns to 1 mo., 1/4 capsule.

While potassium iodate can be taken by a majority of people without any problems, it should only be used in case of a nuclear emergency. Doses in excess of the single (one time only) daily dose listed above should be taken only upon recommendation by a physician or public health authority. Patients should notify their doctor if taking quinidine, captopril, or enalopril, or if they are sensitive to iodine, or suffer from dermatitis herpetiformis, thyrotoxicosis or kidney problems before taking potassium iodate (or any thyroid blocker).

It is best to take iodide prophylactically, prior to exposure. Every family should have a good supply in their homes. At this time we may recommend taking 10-40mg per day. A dose of 30-50mg is the range of dietary intake in Japan and relatively safe to take long term but under practitioner monitoring. Build up gradually: 10mg-20mg-30mg-40mg.

Then, in case there is an official announcement of significantly increased radiation, adults should go to the dose mentioned above: 130mg/day and children to lower doses per body weight, generally 65 mg, age 3-12 years. You can use a loading dose of two drops daily of Lugol's Iodine, a commonly available pharmaceutical form of potassium iodide, or SSKI, and increase to 130 mg if needed. See the U.S. Centers for Disease Control recommendations.

Other supplements that may be protective are: vitamin D and vitamin K as they support appropriate apoptosis, which is programmed death of cells that accumulate various DNA errors (due to radiation and other causes), and vitamin D also supports DNA repair.

Avoid exposure to rain that may be laden with radiation if we are exposed. You'll be informed by authorities if that is the case.

Other Radiation Dangers
Besides I-131, there are other toxic radio-isotopes, including cerium 137 and plutonium. To protect yourself from cesium poisoning, consume plenty of high potassium foods, as potassium competitively inhibits cesium uptake. Foods high in potassium include avocados, sea vegetables, & leafy green vegetables, and are more effective than taking a potassium supplement.

To protect yourself from plutonium poisoning, eat lots of dulse & consume iron from plant sources, namely sea algaes such as spirulina and chlorella, which provide more iron than red meat. Miso soup has also been shown to have a protective effect. The mineral, zeolite, is being investigated for taking most radioactive materials out of the body.

Additionally, foods and supplements high in antioxidants, will also help the body cope with these higher toxic levels as radioactive materials cause antioxidant depletion and ill health.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has admitted it is 'quite possible' that fallout from the Japanese reactors could reach America, though levels expected to be so low as to be almost undetectable. Given the unprecedented circumstances of the current crisis, though, it would be prudent to keep some potassium iodide on hand as a precautionary measure.
Cindy in Texas
How much potassium is to much if you are taking triamterene?
my father is in the hospital and is throwing up and high blood pressure and we think it is because he is eating to much potassium while being on the triamterene medication
  Potassium requirements vary. In most people, the kidneys are able to keep potassium levels in balance and will excrete any excess potassium to keep levels balanced. The exception to this is if someone has decreased kidney function or is on a medication that affects potassium. Triamterene is a Potassium sparing diuretic, which basically means it increases the reabsorpiton of potassium back into the body and therefore decreases the excretion of potassium into the urine. Potassium levels can increase in blood and should be monitored by simple blood tests at regular intervals. Triamterene is frequently used with other diuretics that decrease Potassium levels, like Hydrochlorothiazide, which each balance each other out. Triamterene does not cause high potassium in every patient who takes it.

Was your father taking Potassium supplements or was he just eating foods with high potassium? If he was given supplements, this suggests that his doctor noted that he had low potassium on blood tests and is giving extra potassium to get it in the normal range. There are usually few or no symptoms of high potassium levels in the body, but it can be tested for with a simple blood test. Symptoms include muscle weakness and increased urination. Nausea and vomiting are not typical symptoms of elevated potassium. High potassium levels are potentially life threatening, because it leads to deadly heart rhythms. I am sure they have checked his potassium levels by now. His doctors will be able to tell him the appropriate amount of Potassium intake based on his potassium levels in the lab tests. Vomiting can decrease the level of potassium. Good luck to you and your father.

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