I have a pacemaker for atrial fib and am taking potassium chloride. Recently my Dr increased my intake because a routine blood test indicated low potassium . I was taking 20 meq or 1500 mg twice a day and am now taking that 3 times a day. 4500 mg seems like a lot to be taking. Is anyone taking this amount. Wayne
... Dosage must be adjusted to the individual needs of each patient. The dose for the prevention of hypokalemia is typically in the range of 20 mEq per day. Doses of 40-100 mEq per day or more are used for the treatment of potassium depletion. Dosage should be divided if more than 20 mEq per day is given such that no more than 20 mEq is given in a single dose...
Your dose of 20 mEq three times daily (total 60 mEq daily) is still well within the normal range.
I have studied nutrition and have my own library on nutrition, from my understanding, potassium causes no harm and any your body doesn't retain is elliminated by urination and perspiration. Perhaps you might look into different forms of potassium that your body might retain at a better rate, such as Potassium Gluconate. Also, sodium, sugars and caffine depleate your potassium.
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