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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Hyperkalemia is a high level of potassium in your blood. Potassium helps control how your muscles, heart, and digestive system work.
- Medicines will be given to remove potassium from your body. This will lower your potassium levels. This medicine may be given as a pill or an enema.
- Take your medicine as directed. Contact your primary healthcare provider (PHP) if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Limit the amount of potassium you eat:
Foods that are high in potassium include bananas, tomatoes, oranges, turkey, and milk. Orange juice, citrus juices, and tomato juice are also high in potassium. Do not use salt substitutes. You may need to meet with a dietitian to help plan the best meals for you.
Follow up with your PHP as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
Contact your PHP if:
- You have nausea or are vomiting.
- You have numbness or tingling in your arms or legs.
- Your symptoms do not go away or they get worse.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Return to the emergency department if:
- You have trouble breathing.
- You have an irregular heartbeat.
- You have trouble controlling your muscles.
- You are too tired or weak to stand up.
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