Are parenteral isoproterenol and albuterol used in the treatment of hyperkalemia (high serum potassium level)?

Updated: Apr 09, 2020
  • Author: Eleanor Lederer, MD, FASN; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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Parenteral isoproterenol and albuterol also decrease potassium. However, isoproterenol is not commonly used, and parenteral albuterol is not available in the United States. Some investigators have reported tachycardia and chest discomfort with the use of beta-agonist therapy for hyperkalemia. Discontinue beta-adrenergic antagonists.


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