Low Potassium Overview
Another name for Low Potassium is Hypokalemia.
What is hypokalemia?
A person with hypokalemia has abnormally low levels of potassium in the bloodstream. Hypokalemia is often caused by persistent diarrhea or a drug side effect.
What are the symptoms of hypokalemia?
Symptoms of hypokalemia include excessive thirst, muscle twitching, muscle weakness, muscle cramps, leg pain (bilateral), palpitations, and confusion.
How does the doctor treat hypokalemia?
Treatment for hypokalemia may include intravenous fluids, potassium rich foods, and oral potassium supplements.
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