Which dietary modifications are indicated in the management of hypokalemia (low potassium level)?

Updated: Dec 06, 2018
  • Author: Eleanor Lederer, MD, FASN; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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Dietary modification may be necessary for patients with excessive potassium losses (eg, diuretic or laxative use) or patients with hypokalemia who are at increased risk, such as those receiving digoxin. In general, a low-sodium and high-potassium diet is appropriate. Avoidance of specific foods (eg, licorice) may also be necessary for high-risk individuals.


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